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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Short Stories is a little East Village bar that’s great for a relatively quiet cocktail.
Malai Marke is one of our favorite Indian restaurants in the East Village. There’s a lot of meat on the menu, but vegetarians can eat very well here.
The Brazen Fox
The Brazen Fox is a nice two-story pub near Union Square where you can get a burger, drink a good beer, and watch some sports.
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High 97 is a concession stand with burgers and fried fish at Beach 97th Street in Rockaway Beach.
The Little Beet
The Little Beet is a healthy fast-casual chain with a few locations in Manhattan. When you have ten minutes to eat lunch, it's a decent option.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Old Homestead has been around since 1868, and this steakhouse on the Meatpacking/Chelsea border still serves some of the best steaks in the city.
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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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