Gem Spa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Gem Spa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

3:33 am in NYC

By Chef Paul Gerard

There's something satisfying about sipping an egg cream outside Gem Spa at 3:33 in the morning. The East Village streets are dead and it's just me and the ghosts. New York hasn't entirely lost its crisp edge, it just doesn't taste like it did as a kid.

Gem Spa has been an institution here in the East Village forever. One of the iconic photos of the New York Dolls is shot outside of Gem Spa and they still make real egg creams.

Egg Cream at Gem Spa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Egg Cream at Gem Spa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

131 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Chef Paul Gerard is a partner of E's Bar on the Upper West Side and Belle Reve in Tribeca

Photo Credits: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credits: Find. Eat. Drink.


E's Bar
We created E's to be like the dive bars we grew up in...for grown ups. It's a beer-shot-burger neighborhood joint that isn't hung up on trends. My partners are Erin Bellard, and Ethan Hunt. We're all New Yorkers that came up in hospitality and pool halls, and with that industry comes many late nights. So just as we have our pedigrees in service, we have extensive experience in being served. Our fond (and a bit fuzzy) memories of places like Scrap Bar, Max Fish, Mars Bar, and late-night burgers at Corner Bistro are part of who we are, but we appreciate that as times change, so do we. As much as we want to see our favorite band, we'd rather do it from a comfortable seat in The Beacon Theater rather than the pit at The Palladium. We created a place that allows us to incorporate all we've lived and learned on both sides of the bar.

When you come to E's, try it all! It's not your typical bar food, but we're not trying to reinvent the wheel. Grab a beer, get a burger, play a game/jukebox, and enjoy.  Most beers and drinks are 10 bucks or under.

511 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024
T: 212.877. 0961 |   

Belle Reve
It's a bar and restaurant with American food, live music, and spirited atmosphere. It's a distinctly downtown den that encourages light eating, and endorses heavy drinking!

305 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

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