The Carriage House
219 E. 59th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
Subways: N/R/Q/4/5/6 (59th Street)
Food: Bar Fare
Where We Watch says:
Famous story: one of the founders of this site had to watch the end of the 2009 BCS title game (Texas vs. Alabama) in this bar because, well, he left another location, was on a train headed home, and had to 'go' (read: urinate) really badly. That might be the biggest advantage of this joint: generally keeps it cheap, and near an assortment of train lines (well, six lines). Food is decent, overall bar is spacious, and in general it doesn't get too crowded. Good spot for a low-key evening -- especially if you want to mix conversation with sports (decent TV coverage in here too).