At this point, Mermaid Inn is pretty much synonymous with solid, not trying-too-hard first date spot. There are lots of small plate options, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a happy hour deal that means you can afford to get a few of both. But take our word for it: you probably don’t look as good eating an oyster as you think you do.
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The Hamilton is a bar on the Upper West Side that specializes in different kinds of American whiskey.
Caledonia is a small whiskey bar on the Upper West Side that works for anything from a date to a drink with your parents.
Dive 75 isn’t quite a dive. Nor is it a cocktail bar. It’s just a nice little bar with board games and couches on the UWS.
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St. Mazie is a relatively low-key Williamsburg bar that has live music and good cocktails.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill
Docks is a good spot for Happy Hour drinks and snacks near Grand Central.
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The Mermaid Inn
A staple in the Infatuation playbook since back in 2003 when we were standing in line outside of terrible Manhattan night clubs and listening to nothing but Brand New and 50 Cent. The fish here is always fresh and fantastic, and the lobster roll is very solid.
Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Elea is a big Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you want to eat some lamb chops and feel like you’re downtown.
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