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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010—Bar 156

Day 156—Monday, June 14th, 2010
Friend House (Originally headed to The Penny Farthing)

Okay, first things first. Remember that fucking creepy-ass bar, Apotheke that gave me the willies? If not, refresh your memory here: Day 150. Well, the co-owner who calls himself the chief "cocktail artist" or whatever (you’re pouring drinks into a glass, just call yourself a bartender, it’s a noble profession and you really should get over yourself) Albert Trummer got arrested for setting the bar on fire with customers in the place. Check it out here: NY Times Diner's Journal. So you see, my gut instincts don’t lie! Thanks to Mark Smimmo, Fat Al, and “Boris” for the hat tips about this.

And speaking of “Boris,” I have a contest today where you can win a t-shirt from the store he created and is maintaining right here: 365 Bar Store. I’m giving away a ring t-shirt to the first person who can answer the following bar trivia question in the comments section. And here’s the question: What was the name of the bar that was used for outside location shots and was the original inspiration for the hit TV show, Cheers? The first one with the correct answer in comments gets a large gray ringed 365 Beers t-shirt with the logo designed by “Boris.” “Boris” is the resident artist here at 365 and he also is availalbe for freelance work if you need a logo, website art, CD or book cover or anything else. Just email me your request and I’ll pass it along to “Boris.”

Alright, on to the crawl!
I found a somewhat new bar tonight while Googling around for a bar. It’s called the Penny Farthing and it caught my eye because at first I thought it said, “Penny Farting,” and I thought, “What a cool name for a bar!” The bar just opened about a month ago and it looks pretty nice. So let’s go kick the tires and have a beer or four.

Okay, here we are, The Penny Farthing. It was a long night at work and I just want to kick back and have a few drinks.

Wow, it's packed in here and not a seat at the bar. It looks like a nice place but I'm not in the mood to battle crowds tonight. I may need to find an alternative and come back here another night.

I wonder what this place is across the street?

It looks like a cool place and it's called Friend House. Sounds nice.

Plenty of seats at the bar and check out the bartender! I think this is the spot of the night.

And I chose wisely. Owner Joe and beautiful bartender Anna were happy to let me do my 365 bar thing in there.

Anna was a great bartender. She told me the name is called Friend House because everyone is treated like a friend there. Nice!

In fact she even offered up a free chocolate chip cookie to enjoy with my beer. I like it in here!

Cookies and beer, the breakfast of champions!

Here's Mango, the pretty cashier at Friend House.

There's a nice selection of bottled beers available at Friend House.

This gentlemen was enjoying a drink and the window view from the front banquette.

Candlelit tables line the walls.

Here Anna constructs a specialty drink she literally dreamed up the other night.

Some of the ingredients include lemon, peach, sake and vodka.

Shake, shake, shake!

And here's the finished product. Beautiful! And the drink's not too shabby either!

Delicous! Anna hasn't thought of a name for the drink yet, so I'm suggesting, "The 365 Bartini."

There's outside seating as well. Here's Joe and Anna with Tuyen, who's a regular here.

And here's Stewart with the lovely Anna.

Okay, last call and Anna is making me the Friend House signature drink, the Lemon Gin Mojito. This is the only picture I can take, as the ingredients are secret.

And here's the finished product. The best mojito I've ever had! Great job, Anna!

And finally, everybody else got their picture taken with Anna, so now it's my turn! A great night at Friend House! Thanks to Anna, Joe and everybody there for such a fun night. Goodnight everybody!

Friend House Asian Bistro is properly named. It’s got one of the most customer-friendly staffs in the entire Lower East Side. Everyone is treated like a life-long regular, even if it’s your first time in, as it was mine. The bar is Industrial and modern with candle-lit tables, banquettes facing the street and outdoor seating when the weather permits. There’s an upstairs space available for parties as well. It’s a cozy space with an intimate and warm atmosphere.

There’s a full bar with a decent selection of bottled beer including: Budweiser, Heineken, Corona and Chimay. They have specialty cocktails available and the signature drink is the Lemon Gin Mojito. In addition to the fun and friendly bar, it is a bistro with an Asian menu featuring: Tri-Color Sashimi, Curry Chicken Casserole, Pepper Salted Crispy Shrimp And Scallop and Black Pepper Filet Mignon Cubes. There’s also a large selection of sushi and hand rolls. They also offer seven tasting plates.

Friend House more than lives up to its name, stop by for drinks, great food and you’ll make some new friends.

Friend House
106 3rd Ave. (@13th St.)

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Reader Comments (24)

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June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndy G.

Weve got a winner! Send me your address Andy and I'll mail you the shirt. If you're here in New York, we could just meet at your favorite bar and it'll save me some postage. Thanks for playing and for following the crawl!

June 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

wtf it wasn't sushi samba!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick beal

Wow, you hit the jackpot here! Anna ranks up in the top ten of babe bartenders on this crawl and great drinks! It's funny when you go to one place and bail on it, the next one always turns out to be a highlight of the crawl like this one!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

It looks like Marty had a little crush on Anna. I think 13 pictures of Anna could be a 365 record for one post.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Cappy

@Happy Cappy: Hell yeah! I would've taken 20, but they were closing!

June 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Shake, it up Anna,,,yes a really hot babe. Hey those mojitos looked really refreshing, with the muddled mint leaves,,,, and lots of lime. Ive never used lemon,,,but I bet anything Anna makes im gonna like.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Congratulations to the Winner!

Speaking of winners...
Marty is not the only one with a crush on Anna.
I really hadn't noticed the surroundings or decor.
(I'll have to go back and check again)
Better to get "Friended" in a more intimate setting like the Friend House.
They know how to treat their customers right.
Great find!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Is it OK if I find your adoration towards alcohol to be awesome? Because I do! You seem like a character pulled out of one of Marlo Brandon's movies! :D

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbambooska

@bambooska: Thanks! I'll see you over in Dooceland soon!

June 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Cool bar! And cookies! Mmmm. The other food sounds good too. And that patio looks like just the place for me to kick back and drink a mojito or three. Glad you stumbled on to this place, Marty! Oh, and one more thing...FIRE!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: FIRE...GOOD!

June 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Great Freindly Bar , ZioumZioum would like there Hospitality !! Would like to comment on the pretty Bartender , but ZioumZioum would kill Me ,

Friend House, what a wonderful name for a bar. Nice friendly people and a wonderful atmosphere.

Great choice Marty!

One last thing....always trust your instincts...and I am glad that you did!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

OMG...how many times have we seen "Oringinally headed to " on this crawl and then land "in" a 10 in more ways than one...@biff..FIRE....thats what i thought when i saw the pic of the candlelit tables that lined the wall...congrats to andy g wear it proudly...Friend House another 365 classic...KOC


June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

I think I could order Mojitos all night long just to watch Anna shake it...my God what a beauty! The on going Apotheke saga is turning into a regular Steven King story...where the curse keeps striking closer and closer till...IT'S GOT YOU!!! Beware Marty...and if somebody that looks like Ruth Gordon knocks on your door at 2:00 AM and offers you a tannis root milkshake, for God's sake SHUT THE DOOR!!!!!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

LOL@jaws! that guy set his own bar on fire? you were right to get out when you did. i love this place, who says new yorkers aren't friendly. and cute!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Dammit. Im late to this post and I knew the answer was Bull & Finch Pub!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

I want a cookie

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@meleah rebeccah, i'm 15 hrs or nearly 1 day infront of you guys & i was late too....bugger!....(if it makes you feel any better i would have had to ask you for the answer)......

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Mango :)

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE


June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@GENE: Damn, I quit smoking pot years ago, maybe I need to start again!

June 16, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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