Party Earth Review A greasy escape from New York’s hustle since 1961, Corner Bistro remains quasi-preserved in time to bring no-fuss dining to one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods. The garish neon sign out front may be reminiscent... ... read full review
331 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014
A, C, E, L: 14th Street / 8th Avenue; 1, 2, 3: 14th Street / 7th Avenue
M–Sa 11:30am–4am, Su noon–4am
West Village, New York –
A greasy escape from New York’s hustle since 1961, Corner Bistro remains quasi-preserved in time to bring no-fuss dining to one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods.
The garish neon sign out front may be reminiscent of a seedy Amsterdam den of sin, but the vibe inside is all American: Stained glass cabinets, antique cash registers, flat-screens tuned to the game, and ale served in foggy steins all set the tone for a friendly, low-key drinking experience that’s reflected in the price of the fare.
If the dirt-cheap beer behind the weathered bar isn’t enticement enough, the dishes on the spare menu – nine options total – have been topping New York’s Best Burger lists for years.
The atmosphere is sleepy early in the week when lackadaisical locals saunter in to sip off a long day, but on Fridays and Saturdays, the place can get so busy with Meatpacking club-hoppers and hammered sports enthusiasts that trying to grab a stool can be a full-contact event.
Even on busy nights, however, the bar maintains the feel of a local watering hole, with happy hipsters sharing drinks and college kids pounding shots as they avoid/hit on the mommies-who-do-Pilates and ogle/hit on the occasional neighborhood celebrity.
On the corner of a boutique-strewn cobblestone street, Corner Bistro stands as a reminder of the bohemian West Village of days gone by, combining old-school charm and crowd-pleasing pub grub to keep its lively clientele coming back for decades to come.
Artists, college students, burger fans, easygoing hipsters, groups of intellectual twenty-somethings, working couples looking to unwind, and club-goers pre-gaming or post-booze munching, 20s to late 40s.
Handful of flat-screens usually tuned to sports. Inaudible jazz, bebop, and modern pop tunes on the vintage jukebox serve as a backdrop to lively conversation.
A streamlined menu featuring the venue’s famous burgers and a small selection of sandwiches.
Burgers/sandwiches $6–$8, chili $5.50, fries $3. Beer $3–$7, wine $6, cocktails $7–$8.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, sweats, plaid, Gap-chic for the club set.
During the day to wind down in peace, or Friday and Saturday nights – or really any night – for a late-night post-party snack.
The Greenwich Treehouse (46 Greenwich Avenue) is a charmingly ramshackle lounge/arcade/performance space that plays host to an equally chill-seeking crowd.