WHY HERE: Veteran NYC barman Giuseppe González (PKNY, Dutch Kills) combines his passion for old-school NYC, comfortable London pubs, high-quality food and drink, and grand fun in this labor of love on Houston Street. Cocktail concepts shift with González’s creative moods and have included elevated Vodka Martini services, drinks “stolen” or “attributed” to other notable bartenders around the globe, and so on.

WHY NOW: It’s going to be a long four years. Consider this bar both shelter from the storm and contextual proof that New York can survive anything that’s thrown at it, as long as there’s a good drink in hand.