They say alcohol leads to poor decisions, but one look at Chuck Negron and it's obvious that being sober can also be a Three Dog Nightmare. Helping you avoid the follies of sobriety: the 13th step.
Named after the AA term for hooking up with one's sponsor, 13S's morphed the former Telephone Bar space into a down-to-business, 28-flatscreen sports spot; the booth-lined main room's been revamped with a wood-topped bar and a brass ceiling rocking custom amber fixtures, while the the back now features two rooms that share the same spanking-new bar, but're separated down the middle by a wrought iron gate with swinging doors, which'll let anyone inside. In spite of eating up most of the kitchen space, the standard bar menu's studded with adventurous booze-sponges, including bacon, egg, and cheese sliders; cheese/gravy-/bacon-smothered tots; pulled-pork-stuffed burgers; and deep fried dogs, aka rippers, which don't need jack to tear your heart out. The drink's fittingly straight ahead as well, with a fully stocked bar backed by 14 drafts, local bottles, and old-school cans of Schaefer, Carling Black Label, and Sly Fox IPA, which coincidentally is also crazy...delicious!
Upping the imbibery's a recurring 8.5 hr happy hour (excepting Sundays), plus daily specials like dollar drafts and half-price bombs, aka, 3DN Albums: The Beverage.
1. The 13th Step
149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
If you’re in the East Village and in need of a straightforward sports bar, go to The 13th Step. The sprawling space features more than 30 flat screen TVs, and it’s always packed to capacity, even if there’s nothing to watch. The beer menu is simple (think Budweiser, Coors, and Rolling Rock), and there’s a hefty selection of over-the-top bar food like chili nachos, a pizza burger, and buffalo chicken sliders.