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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Gazala’s is a Middle Eastern restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can get a casual meal that involves a big mezze platter.
George Keeley is a bar on the Upper West Side where you can watch sports and drink a hard-to-find draft beer.
If you want to sit down and eat a good pizza on the Upper West Side, go to Pizzeria Sirenetta. And try to get there before Happy Hour ends.
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Slowly Shirley is the speakeasy-type bar below The Happiest Hour where you can impress a date with fancy cocktails and old-school vibes.
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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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