It can be tough to find an actually-good place to drink with a group on the UWS, so it’s good to know about E’s Bar. You can sit up front and eat a burger at the bar while you watch a game on TV, or you can grab a big booth in the back and play Jenga or Pictionary. This place probably isn’t ideal for a date (unless your date is into Jenga), but it’s great for any sort of casual hang, and it feels like the kind of spot where you could talk to new people. And if you like bar trivia, they do that sometimes.
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Marlow Bistro is an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side that feels like the setting of a first date scene from a 90s romantic comedy.
Caffè Storico is little more than a good bet for dinner in the neighborhood or some pre-gaming before you hit the planetarium. Who wants to get drunk and see a laser show?
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Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
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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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Maison Pickle is a fancy comfort food place from the people behind Jacob’s Pickles, and it feels sort like an upscale Applebee’s.
Prohibition is a bar on the Upper West Side that has live music every night and works well for a date.
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