Party Earth Review Located in the historic building where Thomas Paine wrote “The Crisis Papers” during the Revolutionary War, Marie’s Crisis Café is a mellow hetero-friendly gay piano bar that attracts a mix of entertainment and musical... ... read full review
59 Grove Street
New York, NY 10014
1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South
West Village, New York –
Located in the historic building where Thomas Paine wrote “The Crisis Papers” during the Revolutionary War, Marie’s Crisis Café is a mellow hetero-friendly gay piano bar that attracts a mix of entertainment and musical types and patrons who just like to get buzzed and sing show tunes.
A dark cellar at the bottom of some crooked stairs, the simple venue consists of a single room lit by rainbow-colored Christmas lights and featuring a bar backed by an unusual WPA mirror depicting scenes from the French and American Revolutions and the inscription Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité – a revolutionary motto given whole new levels of meaning in this setting.
Marie’s centerpiece, of course, is the piano fitted out with a drink ledge and red leather stools where men in muscle shirts and madras shorts congregate to belt out theater standards between sips of bootleg classics like Georgi and Old Crow.
Less musically inclined guests tend to lay low at the bar to chat with straight newcomers, though a few drinks later even the most tone-deaf patrons will warble along with the off-night Broadway stars and gifted regulars.
In a place where the tunes last all night and new friends last for life, perhaps Marie’s real crisis is that the show must end when dawn breaks and the bleary-eyed but happy crowd must climb the stairs back to the present.
Older gay crowd, Broadway musical actors, local young professionals, and tourists, 30s to 60s.
Bar staff plays piano from 5:30pm to closing.
Free appetizer buffet. Happy Hour daily 4–9pm. Cash only.
Beer $4+, wine $5+, mixed drinks $5+.
Anything goes: muscle tanks, casual jeans, and button-downs for guys, comfy and unfussy outfits for girls.
Mondays for the talented crowd of off-duty Broadway stars, understudies, and aficionados. Friday and Saturday nights for a busy weekend scene.
Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) – the namesake bar of the 1969 riots that marked the beginning of gay liberation – draws a mostly gay clientele happy to welcome anyone interested in the history of this iconic spot.