Bare with me. A year later, I'm still trying to form some sort of opinion on bars in NY. I have yet to find tried and true haunts. I think this means I need to patronize more bars, more often.
Given all this, Local 138 seems like an easy enough to deal with LES spot. Proximity to JMZ a plus. No juke here, but decent enough tunes when I'm there. The prices and crowd seem normal enough. Nice box window seats for a small group.
I don't know. Considering how "meh" NY bars have been to me, this place qualifies as "competent".
Info: 138 Ludlow St.