Atwood is a bar in Midtown East that has sports on TV, but it’s not the kind of spot where a guy in a Jets jersey stands on his chair when they score in the first quarter, and is sleeping in a booth with wing sauce on his cheeks by halftime. You can sit at the communal table by the entrance with a group and drink house cocktails, or sit in one of the cool wrought-iron stools at the bar and watch sports on the various flat screens. The ground floor and the upstairs area, which they open during Happy Hour, have doors that fully open when it’s nice out.
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The Polynesian is a tiki-themed rooftop cocktail bar in Midtown from the people behind Carbone and The Grill.
Finally, someone figured out that an Italian restaurant near Penn Station that serves food people want to eat would do well.
Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
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Old Town Bar
Over a century of Big Apple history lies within these walls, as does a pretty excellent burger. Come have a beer and pretend your horse is outside.
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.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
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The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
Hudson Malone is a rare Midtown East pub where you can eat good food and watch sports on TV at the very same time.
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