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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Levain Bakery on the UWS makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. You just have to wait for them.
Caffè Storico is little more than a good bet for dinner in the neighborhood or some pre-gaming before you hit the planetarium. Who wants to get drunk and see a laser show?
Besides a couple of quality appetizers, the menu at Cafe Luxembourg is beat street. It’s standard, run-of-the-mill French Bistro fare that’s overpriced and under portioned.
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Lure Fishbar is still just as much of a Soho party yacht as it was when it opened in 2004. The food has only gotten better.
The Fulton in the South Street Seaport is where you should go to eat phenomenal seafood while looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Cape House is a seafood shack in East Williamsburg/Bushwick with plenty of outdoor seating.
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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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