Between the live music, oysters, and specialty cocktails, Bar Belly is a pretty ideal early-in-the-game date spot. The dark, narrow space on the Lower East Side has a cocktail and raw bar up front, along with a bunch of small tables past the musicians in the back. Besides oysters, which are $1 during Happy Hour, they also serve good small plates like lamb meatballs and octopus.
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Katz’s Deli isn’t just a Classic NYC Establishment, it’s a landmark that deserves government funding at this point.
Dirty French is a Lower East Side French restaurant from the people behind Carbone, and like that place, dinner here is definitely an event.
Davelle is an all-day Japanese spot on the LES that’s unlike any other place in the city.
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The Fulton in the South Street Seaport is where you should go to eat phenomenal seafood while looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge.
It is no understatement to say that Catch is the most over-the-top, ridiculous dining operation the Meatpacking District has ever seen. Thankfully though, the service is fantastic, and the food is pretty great as well, despite the absurdity of it all.
Looking for a unique spot to impress on a First/Early In The Game date? If he or she likes wine and raw fish, Desnuda is your jam.
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The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a natural wine bar on the Lower East Side that serves some good small plates and $1 Happy Hour oysters every day.
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