A Guide to Recognizing Your Restaurants: Bar Milano vs. Milano’s Bar

bar milano and milano's bar

Left, Bar Milano; right, Milano's Bar.Photo: Zach Desart, Lauren Klein Carton

In theory, it shouldn't be hard to tell Bar Milano from Milano's Bar. But, somehow, we know that visitors hoping to go to the new Lupa sequel from Jason Denton will eventually end up at the landmark Houston Street dive bar, so we present an easy-to-read side-by-side comparison, just to prevent any possible confusion.

 Bar Milano Milano's Bar
The MenusElevated versions of classic Northern Italian cuisine.Beer. Hard liquor. Pretzels (but they’ll cost you).
The Owners Jason Denton, partner in Otto and Lupa. David McWaters, who controls a slew of East Village bars, including Nice Guy Eddie’s and the Library.
The SpaceMarble walls, suave upholstery, handblown Polish glassware. A dark, narrow corridor plastered with photos of famously hard-drinking regulars of yore, as well as old baseball lineups.
The CrowdWell-heeled foodies, Lupa loyalists, and bloggers. Regulars and regulars-in-training.
What the Critics SaidNot reviewed yet, but given the place's pedigree, expectations are high.“At least they have toilet paper,” gushes one Yelp user.
The Cost$13 cocktails; entrées from $24 and up. Everything’s about $5, unless it’s happy hour, in which case, $4.
The Drop-inCrowded, but you can still manage — maybe. Doors open at 8 a.m., if you need it.