Little Alley is a Shanghainese place in Murray Hill, and it’s one of the better dinner options in the area. It isn’t top-tier Chinese, but you won’t have any issues with the soup dumplings, and the space is nice enough for a casual date or maybe a dinner with your aunt who just called and wants to eat noodles with you. We wouldn’t recommend this place for groups or dining solo at bar (which is a little too high), but it’s pretty easy to get a table with one or two other people. Just don’t get the cumin lamb. It’ll only make you think of the superior version at Xi’an Famous Foods.
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Waterfront Ale House
Waterfront Ale House is a restaurant and bar in Kips Bay that’s useful for a pre-movie drink.
Cask Bar + Kitchen
A meal at Cask is hardly any different that what you’ll find at any of the other area bars that serve food for the sole purpose of sobering up the idiots.
Mercy is a two-story bar in Gramercy that’s part dive and part garden, where you can meet a small group after work.
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Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
China Blue is a huge, cool-looking restaurant in Tribeca making Shanghai-style Chinese food. It’s a good option for group dinners or private events.
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