Walk into a crowded sports bar with a group, find out that you’re not going to be able to sit until this batch of games is over, and then spend 45 minutes arguing about where to go instead. Or you could plan to go to Croxley’s in Williamsburg. Not only does the huge space have enough bar seating and tables to accommodate everyone playing strangely competitive softball in McCarren Park, but their website also allows you to check wait times and put your name in for a table before you leave your apartment. Once you do get there, order something from their huge draft beer list, and some very good buffalo wings. Before you decide to be a hero and order the “cry like a baby” variety, know that they’re some of the spiciest we’ve ever had.
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Gertie is an attractive all-day spot in Williamsburg, and it’s a great place to eat breakfast or brunch and pretend you’re living in a PBS cartoon.
Birds Of A Feather
Birds of a Feather is a Chinese spot in Williamsburg that’s great for small groups. Stop by with some friends and share a few mouth-numbing things.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
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.
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Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
Berry Park is a big rooftop bar and restaurant in Williamsburg that gets pretty clubby at night.
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