If Ramona is a supermodel, Alameda is the girl next door. It’s smaller and a little more casual, although just like Ramona, it looks great inside. It’s also equally appropriate for food or drinks. So stop by if you have to meet someone but aren’t sure if you’re eating. Grab a seat at the U-shaped bar in the middle of the room, or claim a table up front if you’re bringing a date. (This is a great place for that.)
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Sauvage is a place in lower Greenpoint that looks like a French bistro, serves a great burger, and is surprisingly easy to get into.
Five Leaves has been a Brooklyn hipster staple since 2008. We don't love it as much as other people seem to, but brunch is good, they do a solid burger, and the scene is always entertaining.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
Danny Meyer’s Chelsea bar, Porchlight, is all about the details. Cocktails and details.
Wilfie & Nell
Wilfie & Nell is, first and foremost, a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you'll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good.
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The Brew Inn
The Brew Inn might just look like any other neighborhood bar on the outside - but it’s home to one of our favorite burgers in town.
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