Katana Kitten is a two-floor West Village cocktail bar with Japanese movie posters on the walls, ’60s classic rock playing over the speakers, and boilermaker beer-and-shot combinations with Japanese whisky and sake. The top floor has string lights, a few tables, and a long bar, and the basement is table-seating only. Don’t skip the bar food - the burger and crinkle fries with seaweed flakes on top are really good.
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White Oak Tavern
White Oak Tavern is an American spot close to NYU with a lot of seating and a big whiskey selection.
Tokyo Record Bar
Tokyo Record Bar is a basement in Greenwich Village where you eat a seven-course tasting menu and request songs from their vinyl collection.
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Sushi Jin is a sushi spot on the UES, and it’s one of the best places to get an omakase in the East 80s.
Ennju is a counter-service Japanese cafe near Union Square where you can eat a quick lunch or pick up discount sushi after 9pm.
Benemon is a charming neighborhood spot in the East Village that’s ideal for when you want some katsu or curry over rice, with a side of sake.
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These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
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