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Today: 5pm–1am
Tues:
5pm–1am
Wed:
5pm–1am
Thurs:
5pm–1am
Fri:
5pm–1am
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4pm–2am
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4–11pm
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Burp Castle 1 Bars East Village

Hush! Although the name might suggest another raucous East Village haunt, this place expressly forbids such revelry. “No Loud Talking Allowed – Only Whispering,” reads a sign on the wall. Yet one can presume that burping is not subject to similar statutes.

Gary Gillis, who took over Burp Castle in 2005, shared that while some patrons come in to bask in the quiet atmosphere, others visit with the specific intention of shouting to relish the novelty of being shushed. “It’s all in good fun.”

Gary also owns the adjacent rowdy sports bar, Standings. When asked if he would ever combine the two, he dismissed the idea, underscoring that each has “separate personalities and audiences.” Uniquely, Burp Castle’s theme does its best to mimic a Belgian Trappist monastery in both its beer and ale selection and decor. The bar’s famous mural — for which the artist was paid in beer — depicts monks imbibing spirits in various medieval environments.

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Tokio 7

Most business owners know how difficult it is to bounce back after being robbed. Makoto Wantanabe has done it twice and, ironically, has a thief to thank for the very birth of Tokio 7. Makoto was globetrotting in the early 1990s when he arrived in Southern California on what was supposed to be the penultimate stop on his tour. He befriended a homeless man and let him stay in his hotel room for the night, but Makoto awoke to find everything except for his passport was stolen. Stranded with no money and far from his home in the Japanese countryside, Makoto called one of his only contacts in the U. S., who worked at a Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. He scrounged up enough money for a bus ticket and was off. While in New York, Makoto felt that men’s clothing suffered from a lack of style. Having always had a knack for fashion, he knew he could change that but lacked the funds to open a store with brand new clothing. So, after several years of saving his wages as a waiter, he founded one of the first consignment shops in New York City. Tokio 7 now carries men’s and women’s clothes, with the overarching theme being, as Makoto says, that they are simply “cool. ” The clothes are mostly from Japanese designers and name brands with unique twists. In the store, clothing that has been donated with a lot of wear is labeled “well loved. ”Despite its importance in the community, the shop fell on tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make matters worse, Tokio 7 was looted in the summer of 2020 and had 300 items stolen. When Makoto contemplated closing his doors permanently, longtime customers begged him to reconsider. Resilient as ever, he set up a small photography area in the back of the shop and sold a portion of his clothes online to compensate for the decline of in-person purchases. Reflecting on his journey, Makoto marveled at the whims of fate. Had he not been robbed all of those decades ago in California, he had planned to start a life in the Amazon rainforest