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Keys & Heels
Keys & Heels is a speakeasy disguised as a locksmith and shoe repair shop. It's never uncomfortably crowded, and it's one of the best options for cocktails on the Upper East Side.
Lombardo's of Bay Ridge
Lombardo's of Bay Ridge is an old-school sit-down pizza shop that makes some of the best pies in Brooklyn.
At Wiggle Room in the East Village, you can go back and forth between the chill bar area upstairs and the lively dance floor in the basement.
Where To Eat Fancy Vegetables
Whether you're planning a special dinner or just looking for a salad that isn't boring, here's where to get a nice vegetarian meal.
This fun, spacious East Village speakeasy has Basquiat-inspired art and glow-in-the-dark bathrooms.
Sushi by Bou
Sushi by Bou offers a 30-minute 12-course $50 omakase that's ideal for pre-theater dining.
At this friendly Williamsburg dive, you can enjoy a cheap drink, peruse some heavy-metal memorabilia, and sit on a bench that looks like a coffin.
This West Village bar serves small plates and natural wine in a fun setting that looks like it was designed by Lisa Frank and Henri Matisse.
Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge
Hekate is an East Village cafe and mocktail bar with delightfully witchy vibes.
Claud is a wine bar in the East Village that serves some really delicious riffs on classic European fare.
Taikun is an eight-seat omakase bar on the Lower East Side that serves a 13-course dinner for $85.
Round K by Sol
Round K is an all-day Korean cafe in Chinatown serving good food and exciting coffee.
If you care about wine and talk about it often, you’ll like hanging out at Parcelle on the Lower East Side.
Amai Bā is an exceptional Japanese-inspired ice cream shop in Brooklyn Heights that makes unique flavors like matcha chip and blueberry pound cake.
Mint Heights is a charming Brooklyn Heights Indian spot with a standout crab curry.
Where To Meet Up With Someone You Swiped Right On
When you're finally ready for an IRL hang, go to one of the spots on this guide.
For a first date in the West Village, try B'Artusi. This wine bar from the people behind L'Artusi is walk-in only and serves great small plates.
Mắm serves northern Vietnamese street food in a small, cozy space on Forsyth street in Chinatown.
Korean spot 8282 might just become your favorite LES hangout for fried chicken, gochujang margaritas, and delicious upscale anju and banju.