Neighborhood: East Village, Manhattan
Address: 135 Ave. A
The cafeteria-style tables combined with the homeliness of Lucy, the titular bartender who still works regular hours (along with her daughter and grand-daughter), make this a dive that feels like a diner. But there is no food. Instead, there is cheap pool on worn tables, a jukebox full of cherry-picked New Wave jams, and many porcelain knick knacks. There's also a Polish flag, for those of you keeping track of the ethnic identities of many of these dives (this could be a secondary dive characteristic, a strong ethnic identity). Maybe this is more like drinking at your grandma's house. If she was the coolest.