Since I live nearby, I've been to Batista a few times now. This is the place to be on the Lower East Side if you want to drop all pretense and hang out in a casual, relaxed spot with an authentic vibe that offers good music, friendly staff and a buoyant crowd. I've met many interesting people there. The crowds reflect the diversity of New York. I will definitely be back...
Pros: Great Service, Great Crowd, Affordable Drinks
Cons: ""Secret"" Location