I had a wild night on Friday night – very rare for me, which meant I woke up on Saturday morning remembering why I usually leave going out to Saturday nights. We were meeting friends in the East Village so we chose KGB Bar as a meeting spot after seeing it was a Critic’s Pick on nymag.com.
After reading the rave reviews, I expected greatness but was a little let down. It just seemed a little sketchy with no one inside the bar save for a few of the costumed performers from the theater downstairs. However, I now realize that we were there at 9 PM, post-happy hour (though it doesn’t strike me as a happy hour spot) and pre-going out. This is why I now conclude it is really weird to go to a bar before 10 or 10:30. Otherwise, you just feel like a loser.
I would like to check out the bar late night, though. The 2nd floor dive is communist themed and everything is red. Under the right circumstances, it could be a cool place.
Once everyone arrived at the bar, we headed to Mayahuel for dinner and more drinks. We ordered a ton of dishes and my pork belly was as good as I remembered. I also had a bite of the hanger steak and thought it was great. Tender and served with a sweet plantain mash, I may actually order it next time over the pork belly. Coincidentally, everything in Mayahuel is also red…except the politics.