The Lancer Lounge at 233 Seventh Avenue is one of this town's great dives, a spot where you can always count on a collegial evening of drinking, as Drew Bixby recently reported in Drunk of the Week.
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What you can't count on is finding food there. The most recent tenant of the Lancer's kitchen, Sweet Baby Anna's, has moved on, the latest in a long series of operators. Our personal favorite was a combo Salvadoran/Japanese outfit, which had a brief run at the Lancer a dozen years ago.
No telling what the Lancer will cook up next. But in the meantime, there are plenty of other eating options in the neighborhood -- from the downhome Benny's and Govnr's Park to Lala's Wine Bar & Pizzeria, Luca D'Italia, Mizuna and soon Bones, Frank Bonanno's noodle house that's opening right next door at 301 East Seventh.