While our friends at Daily Intel are live-blogging the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. the Frankenstorm, here's a list of some bars and restaurants that aren't battening down all their hatches just yet. We can't wholly advise heading out into the storm, and if you must venture outside, please be careful. That said, if you absolutely need to find a place to grab a bite to eat or have a stiff drink, we've got you covered. We've even listed the results by neighborhood so you can chart a course accordingly.
Upper West Side
Nice Matin Pretend the encroaching Hudson is the Riviera. The restaurant will be open through dinner.
Midtown and Hell's Kitchen
According to the restaurant's host stand, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's restaurant will be open for regular dinner service tonight starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Russian Tea Room
For all you lovers of caviar, blinis, and freak storms: the storied, opulent old timer is open.
The greasy spoon stays in the picture.
Topsy-turvy fusion food, taking the form of chorizo shumai and "sushi burritos" may be just the thing when things outside are no longer predictable.
Chelsea and Meatpacking
Open all day, serving Joseph Buenconsejo's French and Latin American-influenced menu.
The Hog Pit
"As long as we have power, you have happy hour."
A commentor writes that the French Bistro is "alive and well."
Tavern on Jane
The Eighth Ave. pub is also open for business.
From the restaurant: "Num Pang on 21 East 12th Street (at University) is open and serving sandwiches all day today!"
Reps from the new restaurant at 10 Downing Street restaurant write to say the foie gras terrines are ready to be sliced for dinner tonight.
East Village and Alphabet City
While early closure tonight is a possibility, the restaurant's owners say they're going to give the storm the middle finger for as long as possible.
Edi & the Wolf
Get through the Frankenstorm Austrian-style with the one-two punch of a "goulasch party" and schnapps.
The pierogi, borscht, and burger 24-7 stalwart is not closing today.
They're warding off the storm with dignity and strong drinks in Alphabet City. Update: A reader writes in to say The Wayland has closed for the night and ConEd may shut down power to the entire block.
Open for strong coffee and good cookies. Hug someone while you're at it.
Lower East Side
"We are open normal hours," says a worker at the venerable Houston Street deli. Pastrami does not yield to inclement weather.
Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick
If you're going to brace yourself for impact, do so with this restaurant's all-day happy hour and dinner, which will be served through 11 p.m.
If it's growlers that you need, Ed Raven sends word his shop is open and the fireplace is going strong. Watch out for zombies.
Open for lunch and dinner. Update: The restaurant has decided to close for the day.
The In-n-Out-ish burger spot will be open today. Call to find out if they're offering delivery as the day goes on.
Reps from the restaurant say the oysters and absinthe drinks will keep on going during regular service hours tonight.
The beer-heavy Austrian and Tyrolean Carroll Gardens restaurant is open.
The barbecue will keep smoldering during the storm.
Red Hook Bait and Tackle
"We're going to see how long we can stick around," the pioneers on the corner of Pioneer Street and Van Brunt Street tell us. "We're all sandbagged in."
Long Island City and Astoria
The Queens beer garden will host a "Hurricane Party" with two-for-one drink specials today from 4 p.m. until close.
Know someplace that's staying open? Let us know in comments. And please, please be safe out there!