Automatic Slims is a very normal bar, and that’s why we like it. It’s nicer than a dive bar, but it isn’t especially cool, so it doesn’t get packed on weekends. Which is a blessing when you consider how close it is to the Meatpacking District. Say you’re at The Standard Biergarten when you suddenly realize you hate the crowd, and you just want to have a quiet drink with a friend. Come here. You can have a beer at the bar and watch a game on TV, or you can sit at one of the little tables and hang out with a few people. This place is kind of small, and it might not be the best place to see and be seen, but at least they never play top-40.
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We love Piccolo Angolo because it’s the antithesis of every other restaurant within walking distance. There is nothing cool or buzzworthy happening here, just really good, classic Italian food that will make you happy and probably very fat.
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These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
Not a place for normal dinner time. This is a place for drinking, and a dirty one at that. It just so happens that they serve amazing bar food that will save your life at 1:00am.
The Tippler is a big bar beneath Chelsea Market, and it’s the sort of place where you’ll listen to top 40 and talk to a guy in Vineyard Vines.
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