The Friendly Fires have come a long way since debuting in 2007. With a new album coming out shortly this electro based indie rock band is a whole lot of fun to see live. For an eclectic menu that mixes upscale and down-home food, Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, a wine bar and restaurant, offers lighter fare including foie gras, cheese plates, caviar, and steak tartare. The Village Tavern is a really comfortable neighborhood bar thatâ€™s great for catching sports games or just chilling for a drink, which is what I prefer to do when Iâ€™m in the vicinity. Also in the area is Bleeker Bobâ€™s . Itâ€™s one of the oldest independent record stores in NYC and the selection is deep. The place looks a mess, but the staff is surprisingly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about what they have.