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16 W 8th St, New York, NY, US
Bio: When trying to find a spot to unwind on a weeknight, you often have to make some choices. Do you want good food or great drinks? Do you desire live music or a place you can actually have a conversation? For most bars in the West Village, these qualities are mutually exclusive; at Gizzi's, however, you can actually have it all. The lounge buzzes with a warm, engaging energy and terrific live performances seven nights a week, but the cozy room never feels so loud that you have to shout to be heard. Even better, neither the cocktail program nor the dinner menu takes a backseat in terms of quality. The signature martinis are every bit as good as the ribeye, so much that it's practically a shame to consume them apart. I especially love the way that Gizzi's creates an intimate vibe with their banquette, a long stretch of seating divvied up into ever-so-slightly private nooks. It's a detail that reminds you of the difference between a bar and a full-on lounge. Here, you can settle in for dinner, drinks, and a show, feeling both like you're in your own world and part of a cool, neighborly crowd. It's an experience that lends itself to a high degree of repeatability: don't be surprised if you find yourself recognizing some of the loyal regulars. After all, it simply means you're becoming one of them.