Not only is WEST one of NYC's most impressive downtown lounges, but it also boasts fantastic music and, undoubtedly, the best waterfront view in town. Located right across the street from the newly renovated Huson River Park, West's sleek slate interior with plush leather banquetts and candle-lit ambience provides a unique kind of Zen-meets-downtown atmosphere. If sipping on one of the best Gimlets you've ever had while watching the sun set over Jersey isn't enough, the music will keep you coming back. The place is obviously run by audiophlies. Both bartenders, here, and DJs alike keep the eclectic groove rolling into the wee hours. Coupled with the beautiful locals and the ten beers on tap, it's a wonder this place remains a well-guarded secret.
Pros: Great music, Fantastic view, REAL cocktails