EV Grieve) that February 17th is McSorley's Day! Claimed by many to be the oldest continuously operating bar in the city (they apparently served "near" beer during Prohibition that was more beer than "near"), McSorley's Old Ale House is one of my favorite wintertime spots: good beer, potbelly stove, sawdust on the floor, seriously dusty old gas lanterns, and a generally entertaining crowd.
So, get on over there this weekend--perhaps there's a little bit of 157 year-old birthday cake left!
McSorley's Old Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, just east of Cooper Square. Photo from McSorley's website.