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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If you ever need to get drinks with some people near Lincoln Center, the Dakota Bar is a solid restaurant/bar/lounge nearby.
Malecon Restaurant II
This is the UWS location of a Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights where you should be ordering rotisserie chicken.
Blondies on the Upper West Side is one of our favorite spots in the city to watch sports and/or eat buffalo wings.
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Cape House is a seafood shack in East Williamsburg/Bushwick with plenty of outdoor seating.
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster is a great place for affordable seafood in Brooklyn.
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
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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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