Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Address: 143 E. 60 St.
Once you’ve gotten back to the mainland from Randall’s Island, hop a downtown express train a couple of stops to get to one of Manhattan’s legendary dives, which weirdly enough stands in the shadow of the decidedly non-divey Bloomingdale’s. The Subway Inn has been open since the ’30s, and from the looks of the place, it probably hasn’t been cleaned since then. With cheap shots, bottled beer, and a no-frills attitude, it’s a throwback to a different time, before gentrification and artisanal cocktails. Not to mention music festivals featuring Skrillex and Tyler, The Creator.