Le Jardinier is on the ground floor of a luxury apartment building in Midtown East, and if you live upstairs, then you might find it to be a useful place. Otherwise, the sterile space feels like a pop-up in a hotel lobby. The seasonal, vegetable-focused menu is generally light and enjoyable, and if you do live in this very nice building, you might not mind paying $19 for a slice of zucchini topped with a couple mushrooms, or $23 for two attractively plated, very normal scallops. For the rest of us, there are better places to spend this kind of money in Midtown East, including The Grill across the street, or Agern for similarly light, but more interesting seasonal dishes.
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Elsie is a rooftop bar a block from Times Square, and it’s a surprisingly nice place to get a cocktail. Stop by after work, and maybe bring your boss.
Donburiya is a fun Japanese izakaya in the Theater District that specializes in inexpensive donburi bowls and facilitating rowdy group meals.
Finally, someone figured out that an Italian restaurant near Penn Station that serves food people want to eat would do well.
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Glou is a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s one of your best options in the area for a first/early date.
Les Enfants de Bohème
Les Enfants de Bohème is a neighborhood French bistro on the Lower East Side that’s perfect for a last-minute dinner.
51st Bakery & Cafe
51st Bakery & Cafe is a neighborhood coffee shop in Long Island City with reasonably priced brunch staples and salads/sandwiches for lunch.
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