The Grill Cafe is the casual front area of the Standard Grill, and while you can use it for drinks at the bar while you wait for a table in the restaurant, it’s actually one of the best breakfast and lunch options in the area. The bright white-tiled space has booths that work for casual business meals, and the outdoor seating offers some of the most entertaining people watching in Meatpacking. As you watch a line of tinted SUVs drop off groups dressed like they’re ready for a yacht party in Cannes, you can have some drinks while ordering from the big raw bar menu, or get the dry-aged wagyu burger, which is about as tender as tartare and comes with a ton of crispy shoestring fries.
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The Biergarten at The Standard
The Standard Biergarten is a big indoor/outdoor drinking spot next to the High Line in Meatpacking.
Dos Caminos Meatpacking
This Dos Caminos is a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the Meatpacking District.
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Waterfront Ale House
Waterfront Ale House is a restaurant and bar in Kips Bay that’s useful for a pre-movie drink.
Pomona is a New American spot a block south of Central Park that’s good for an upscale dinner before a show.
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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.
This Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is an excellent place for date night, brunch, or just went you want a great bowl of pasta.
Old Rose is a casual spot in the bottom of a hotel in the West Village where you can get some solid, affordable Italian/American food.
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