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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Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
Curry King is a small Indian and Pakistani takeout counter on the Upper West Side where you can get a great $10 lunch or dinner.
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Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill
Docks is a good spot for Happy Hour drinks and snacks near Grand Central.
If the Queen Mary just ended up being a nicely appointed tug boat loaded with alcohol and raw oysters, you’d have Grand Banks. Load up on ceviche and fried veggies, just make sure you aren’t prone to motion sickness.
St. Mazie is a relatively low-key Williamsburg bar that has live music and good cocktails.
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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.
The Owl’s Tail
The Owl’s Tail is a great, casual little cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that feels more or less like someone’s living room.
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