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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.

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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.

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Wiggle Room

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.

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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.

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Sincerely, Ophelia

This fun, spacious East Village speakeasy has Basquiat-inspired art and glow-in-the-dark bathrooms.

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Sushi by Bou

Sushi by Bou offers a 30-minute 12-course $50 omakase that's ideal for pre-theater dining.

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Duff's Brooklyn

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.

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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.

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Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge

Hekate is an East Village cafe and mocktail bar with delightfully witchy vibes.

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Claud is a wine bar in the East Village that serves some really delicious riffs on classic European fare.

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Taikun Sushi

Taikun is an eight-seat omakase bar on the Lower East Side that serves a 13-course dinner for $85.

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Round K by Sol

Round K is an all-day Korean cafe in Chinatown serving good food and exciting coffee.

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If you care about wine and talk about it often, you’ll like hanging out at Parcelle on the Lower East Side.

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Amai Bā

Amai Bā is an exceptional Japanese-inspired ice cream shop in Brooklyn Heights that makes unique flavors like matcha chip and blueberry pound cake.

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Mint Heights

Mint Heights is a charming Brooklyn Heights Indian spot with a standout crab curry.

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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.

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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.

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Mắm serves northern Vietnamese street food in a small, cozy space on Forsyth street in Chinatown.

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Korean spot 8282 might just become your favorite LES hangout for fried chicken, gochujang margaritas, and delicious upscale anju and banju.

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Lyseé is a dessert gallery in Flatiron where the pastries taste as good as they look.