504 Westport Road | thegustolounge.com
We admit that we did our share of picking on the Gusto Lounge during its stay at 38th Street and Broadway. We thought it was a shady, hipster magnet. And when we heard that the bar was moving into the seemingly cursed location between Kelly's and America's Pub (R.I.P. Karma, Hell Bar, Johnny Dare's, et al.), we were all ginned up to take another round of shots. Then we dropped by the new Gusto, and we kind of dug the vibe. We especially liked the layout. People dance to DJs up in front, on the dark, intimate dance floor. But if you're not in the mood, you can head to the back bar — a cool, rustic room so far removed from the industrial brick of the main room that you feel like you're entering a new dimension. The Westport faithful appear to share our conclusions: Young, wild crowds teem out of the place every weekend. We underestimated you, Gusto. Please forgive us. And please continue serving $1 Pabsts on Sundays.