In many ways, Floret is a standard hotel restaurant. It serves roasted chicken and a whole fish, and the big space tends to have a mix of families planning their NYC tours and semi-professional-looking people drinking wine during two-hour lunches. Oh, and it’s in a hotel - a new one called Sister City on Bowery. But the food is a big step up from most hotel restaurants. There’s veal breast with earthy, spongy morels, lamb ribs with a big side bulgar salad, pasta covered in creamy stracciatella cheese, and a fried bread appetizer that’s the best thing here. It’s like like a big, round churro, with ricotta for dipping, and it’s something you need to go out of your way to eat as soon as possible. You probably won’t have any trouble getting a table in the dining room, but try to sit on the outdoor patio, which has great people-watching thanks to its location next to the elevator that leads up to Last Light, the hotel’s popular rooftop bar.
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Hotel Chantelle is where you go when it's your 21st birthday and you need to dance because your internship is totally stressing you out.
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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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Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is a classic Midtown steakhouse that’s a good spot for a business meal at lunch or dinner.
The Meatball Shop
The are a bunch of Meatball Shops in the city, and they’re all good for a casual meal. As you probably guessed, you’ll be eating meatballs here.
If you want to take shots and eat overpriced food on the Lower East Side, try Vandal. It’s perfect for that.
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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
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