I remember a place like this that I went to time and time again in Manhattan. It was called Billy’s, on first Avenue in the 50’s. My uncle Sid lived on Sutton Place…pretty posh Manhattan stuff even when I was a teen. Billy’s was in no way glitzy. It was a small unassuming place around the corner, with a warm, comfortable feeling, very traditional pub food…..and comfort items my aunt & uncle craved. This was, however, at a time in NYC when middle class folks still lived in Manhattan.
The Midwest, specifically Cleveland Heights, has what I think is one of the quintessential neighborhood places…Nighttown on Cedar Road. It’s a restaurant, pub, jazz room, gathering place. It bustles in the early evening and is terrific for late night when the pace winds down and the few remaining customers linger over coffee, drink, conversation.]]>