You don’t need to spend nearly $4 on a single grilled oyster, $20 on dry, crumbly boudin, or go out of your way to have dinner at Canary Club, a multi-floor Cajun spot on the LES. But you should make a reservation for the live music lounge downstairs, which has performances Tuesday through Saturday from 9pm until 4am. The red fabric booths, large format cocktails, and live jazz make it feel like a speakeasy in New Orleans, and it’s a great place to hang out with a first date or significant other.
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Excuse My French
A funny little French tapas bar on the Lower East Side, with some really tasty food.
Public - Rooftop & Garden
The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
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Mr. Purple is the restaurant/bar on top of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. It’s a good place to grab a drink with a group, but it does get busy.
Klein’s is the restaurant at the bottom of The Hoxton, a hotel in North Williamsburg. The food is American, and it’s good (but a little boring).
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Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
Little Branch is an underground speakeasy in the West Village with occasional live music and good date-night vibes.
If you absolutely want to go drink at a speakeasy, Attaboy (on the Lower East Side) is one of the best options.
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