Bierhaus is a German beer garden two blocks from Grand Central that’s a fun spot to grab drinks with a group in Midtown. You can order different types of Hofbrau beer from servers in lederhosen, and eat big pretzels and bratwursts while listening to live music or watching sports on the projector TV. The bright, second-story space has a bunch of communal picnic tables, which are usually full of people drinking boots of beer.
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Ootoya is a big Japanese restaurant near Times Square where you can get a decent, affordable meal with a group.
Toloache ain’t cheap, but in an area where dropping dollars on grub is a given, it’s a breath of fresh air when the food is legitimately awesome.
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Merchants River House
When you want to drink on the Hudson someplace more low-key than Grand Banks and City Vineyard, check out Merchants River House.
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The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
Hudson Malone is a rare Midtown East pub where you can eat good food and watch sports on TV at the very same time.
Lantern’s Keep is a cocktail bar in Midtown West that’s useful to know about if you’re trying to impress someone.
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