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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Tang Hotpot is a big place on Bowery where you and your friends can have a good time dipping high quality meats into a bubbling pot of broth.
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Flex is a restaurant import from Prince Edward Island, which immediately gives it some credibility - "P.E.I" as they call it, is the source of some of the best mussels the world has to offer.
Sugarcane is a giant restaurant next to Brooklyn Bridge Park where it instantly becomes 10pm in Miami as soon as you step inside.
Randazzo’s is a seafood market on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx with a raw bar on the street during nice weather.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
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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