Real Dives: Smolen Bar and Grill
Today's dive: Smolen Bar and Grill
Clientele: Mostly older lady friends of the older lady bartender
On the walls: The Pope, the American flag, an LCD Quick Draw board, decorative plates painted with the red and white Polish eagle, a framed picture of the World Trade Center, and a big poster of the Budweiser Clydesdale with puppies.
On the sound system: Katie Couric evening news
On tap: Pilsner Urquell, Spaten and Zywiec
What to drink: Krupnik, Polish honey liquor, $5
Overheard: "Looka this guy!" Spoken, with gesticulation, at Bernie Madoff on the television.
708 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn