There are two locations of Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen in the city. One’s in Chelsea, and the other is in the East Village - and, while the one in the East Village is technically almost the worst, we actually like the one Chelsea. It’s a little smaller, and it feels more like a real neighborhood spot. It’s also nice enough for date (if you grab a table in the back), and it opens at 11am every day. Plus, you’ll always find a lot of good beers on tap here, there’s a decent menu of bar foods, and this place is cleaner and nicer than your average pub.
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Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
The Meatball Shop Chelsea
Reliable, delicious, and full of balls. If there's not at Meatball Shop near you already, there will be soon. This thing is about to go full Shake Shack.
Ushiwakamaru is now in Chelsea, in a fancier space with higher prices. It's still a top notch sushi option.
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Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
Danny Meyer’s Chelsea bar, Porchlight, is all about the details. Cocktails and details.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
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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