Broken Shaker is a rooftop bar, but it isn’t a place where you’ll have to shout over loud music while someone spills a vodka Red Bull on your new shoes. It gets packed, sure - but it feels less like a typical rooftop bar and more like a house party in a nice, beach-themed apartment that you somehow got invited to. It’s on top of the Freehand Hotel on Lexington Ave, and there’s a big indoor space with plenty of tables and bars on either side, as well as a large wraparound terrace with even more tables. You can either sit and order food (like a burger with yucca fries and a tray of uni), or you can just grab a drink at one of the bars and enjoy the views. That said, you should get here early, or mentally prepare for a long wait. The good news is, it’s worth it.
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As we've said before, finding quality Mexican food in New York City is like finding something on MTV that doesn't make the planet dumber. Mexico Lindo is the needle in the haystack, and we've been satisfying our Mexican cravings there for years.
Bar Jamón is basically Casa Mono's waiting room. However, for that First/Early in the Game Date, where dinner feels too formal but you are also starving, Bar Jamón was designed for you.
Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.
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The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
Bill's Bar & Burger
We had hoped that instead of conforming to Midtown, Bill’s Bar and Burger would make Midtown conform to it. It did not.
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Simon & The Whale
Simon and The Whale is the main restaurant at the Freehand Hotel, and it’s the sort of place where you can eat great food and run into an ex.
Rooftop Reds is a reservation-only rooftop wine bar in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with hammocks and cornhole.
The Rooftop At The Jane
The Rooftop at The Jane closes early for a bar (10 p.m., usually), but it’s a great low-key spot for outdoor drinks near the Meatpacking District.
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