Kuma Inn is one of When you want your friends to think you're cool.

1. Kuma Inn

8.4
Asian Restaurant · Lower East Side · 113 Ludlow St (at Delancey St), New York, NY

DensDens: Feels more cool than the food is good (hidden staircase, no sign). Pass on the paella, but shoot for the chinese sausages. ps: BYOB.

Angel’s Share is one of When you want your friends to think you're cool.

2. Angel’s Share

9.4
Speakeasy · East Village · 8 Stuyvesant St (at E 9th St & 3rd Ave), New York, NY

DensDens: Trivia: "angel's share" is a term that describes the wine that escapes through evaporation during the barrel aging process. (I learned this at a bourbon tasting down in New Orleans)

Back Room is one of When you want your friends to think you're cool.

3. Back Room

8.2
Speakeasy · Lower East Side · 102 Norfolk St (btwn Delancey & Rivington St), New York, NY

DensDens: Winter time + midweek + Backroom + fireplace = one of the better spots on a cold night in Lower East Side (backup plan: fireplace @ The Delancey). Just watch out for the dbags!