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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El Mitote serves the Upper West Side’s best Mexican food, including Guadalajara-style dishes like brothy black beans.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Noodle Bar 2.0 (in the Time Warner Center) still has a downtown feel, and the food is really good.
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The Horny Ram
The Horny Ram serves craft beers and bar food in a bright, two-floor space in Turtle Bay.
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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.
Prohibition is a bar on the Upper West Side that has live music every night and works well for a date.
Pier I Cafe
Pier I Cafe is a huge indoor/outdoor bar on the Upper West Side with great views of the Hudson.
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