Tavern on Jane
31 Eighth Ave at Jane St. (212-675-2526).
Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave.
Mon-Fri noon-1am; Sat, Sun 11am-1am.
Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V.
Besides catching Corner Bistro spillover, this honest neighborhood joint is good for combating a cold with an Irish coffee, or functioning as an air-conditioned, beer-soaked refuge during the dog days of summer. Tavern on Jane is brown on the outside and dim on the inside, with wood beams, a big TV behind the bar and classic rock on the stereo. Along with steaks and burgers, you can order fancier food-a beet-and-arugula salad or a grilled-tuna club sandwich with Wasabi. The dishes are gratifying when paired with a drink and an order of fries.