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16 Restaurants With Action At The Bar
A guide to spots with good food, a fun atmosphere, and bar seating where you can get a solo meal or meet friends.
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Corner Bar is an upscale American bistro in a Lower East Side hotel where you can eat steak au poivre and oysters Rockefeller.
Cucina Alba is a sceney restaurant in Chelsea that wants to make you feel like you're on holiday in Italy. It's a pretty space, but the food is just OK.
KGB Bar is a divey Soviet-themed bar in the East Village that hosts readings for the local literary scene.
This West Village Italian spot from the people behind American Bar is very much a scene.
If you care about wine and talk about it often, you’ll like hanging out at Parcelle on the Lower East Side.
Lobby Lounge is a fancy cocktail bar from the people behind Estela in the Nine Orchard hotel on the Lower East Side.
The next time you're looking for a bar that has house-party energy and interesting cocktails, head to Lullaby on the Lower East Side.
Ding-A-Ling is an East Village cocktail bar with a '70s theme, a late-night scene, and a small food menu with a few different hot dogs.
Frenchette is a French brasserie in Tribeca with an energetic room and a constantly-changing menu of rich dishes.
Macao Trading Co.
"Look for the red lantern," instructs the Macao Trading Co. website. This is how you will know you have reached your destination - the Portuguese colony of Macao circa 1952, "a fugitive's heaven from which there is no turning back." Awesome. We're apparently having dinner at Universal Studios tonight.
The lesser of many evils, Paradou is nowhere near as in-your-face awful as many of its neighboring monkey cages. By Meatpacking standards, Paradou is a quaint little French bistro.
Rosemary’s is a vegetable-focused Italian restaurant in the West Village.
We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
Bowery Meat Company
An East Village steakhouse that doesn’t really feel like a steakhouse. And that’s a good thing.
Sunday in Brooklyn
A Williamsburg restaurant that’s a good place for brunch, and an even better place to hang out.
10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como is a big Italian restaurant at the Seaport with a memorable space and much less memorable food.
Blue Ribbon Sushi
If you’re looking for a place to order à la carte nigiri, maki, and sashimi in Soho, this iconic late-night spot is still your best option.
This sceney restaurant in Greenwich Village has a big outdoor patio where people go to be observed—but the classic Italian dishes are the real draw.