If you want a bar on the water that’s big enough for large groups, but don’t want to wait behind half of Dartmouth’s Sig Ep chapter at the Frying Pan, check out Anable Basin, an all-outdoor drinking spot located behind some warehouses on the water in Long Island City. They play pretty loud trance music from speakers at the bar, so if that’s not your thing, just bring your drinks and food to the picnic tables at the far end of the space. Wherever you sit, you’ll get a nice view of Midtown.
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When you don’t want to spend half the day waiting in line for a hotel rooftop, check out these bars where you’ll actually be able to get in.
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Court Square Diner
Court Square Diner is a 24-hour neighborhood spot in LIC for pancakes and chicken parm at 4pm or 4am.
M. Wells Steakhouse
If you live in this area, or you find yourself here often, M. Wells is a decent spot for a nice dinner. You can even follow it up with a drink at Dutch Kills for a pleasant, albeit expensive, evening in Queens. Unfortunately, that’s as weird as things are gonna get. Queens.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
Bar Wayo is a cocktail bar from the Momofuku people, and it’s a good spot to get drinks and bar food by the Seaport.
Hartley’s is a neighborhood Irish pub in Clinton Hill that’s quiet enough to have a conversation.
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Bierocracy is a big beer hall that’s close to the 7 and G trains in LIC if your crew is looking for an alternative to Radegast or Houston Hall.
Merchants River House
When you want to drink on the Hudson someplace more low-key than Grand Banks and City Vineyard, check out Merchants River House.
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