During the daytime, the Ace Hotel Lobby is filled with people on laptops. After the workday is over, however, people start drinking, and the whole place turns into a big group hang with a DJ. There are lots of couches and comfortable chairs, and it tends to be dark, loud, and just the right level of crowded. Sure, you might wind up drinking next to a bunch of Swedish tourists, but that’s just an opportunity to make friends. Bring a date, or your parents, or stop by when you’re looking for nice bar where you don’t have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people and shout for your drinks.
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The next time a friend comes to town and you’re low on energy, try one of these spots.
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The Raines Law Room At The William
The Raines Law Room At The William works well for a drink near Grand Central (especially if you sit on their rooftop terrace).
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Hill Country Chicken
With so many incredible fried chicken options around these days, this isn’t one to go out of your way for.
Grill Café At The Standard
The Grill Café is a casual, all-day American spot in the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking with outdoor seating that’s ideal for people watching.
Contra is a Lower East Side restaurant that serves a rotating menu of seasonal, experimental dishes, and wine that’s cooler than you are.
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Flatiron Hall is a big beer hall where people like to relive the Oktoberfest experience they had during their junior year abroad.
Undercote is a dark, plant-filled cocktail bar beneath the restaurant Cote in the Flatiron District. It’s very pricey and slightly ridiculous.
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