Donburiya feels more like a bar where someone might stand on a table than it does a calm sit-down restaurant, but that’s part of the fun of this casual Japanese izakaya near Times Square. Almost everything on the menu costs less than $15, including their specialty donburi bowls, massive onigiri, and $9 carafes of hot sake. If you’re looking for a rowdy spot after a Broadway show, Donburiya should be at the top of your list (they stay open until 2:30am).
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Magic Hour is an outrageous indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in Midtown where you can meet your cousins after they finish touring Times Square.
Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge
Monarch is a solid rooftop for drinks with a view of the Empire State Building.
Kunjip is a Koreatown favorite, Perfect For a quick meal before you head to Madison Square Garden.
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Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden
Located on the roof patio at the Thompson Hotel on the Lower East Side, hit Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden with a group for beer slushies and ping pong.
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Pure Thai Cookhouse
Pure Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen makes some of the best Thai food in the city.
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