Jackdaw is a good option in the East Village when you don’t want to stand in a crowded bar, or shout over a group of NYU kids playing drinking games. The big space works for day drinking with a group, and there’s also plenty of seating if you want to meet someone after work and take advantage of Happy Hour, which goes until 8pm on weekdays.
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Even though it might not be the coolest of the East Village Italian restaurants, Lavagna is right up there with the best.
El Riconcito is a Dominican restaurant in the East Village that’s been around for over 20 years and makes some fantastic mofongo.
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Few restaurants in this city feel as alive as Red Rooster in Harlem - the atmosphere is incredible.
Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar
Hard Times is a small bar in Bushwick where you can eat nachos and ma po chili.
Simon & The Whale
Simon and The Whale is the main restaurant at the Freehand Hotel, and it’s the sort of place where you can eat great food and run into an ex.
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Good Night Sonny
Good Night Sonny is a cocktail bar in a busy section of the East Village, and it's a surprisingly nice place to have a drink.
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