Do you work (or live, god forbid?) near Times Square? If so, you'll be happy to know about Natsumi. It's the kind of place you can get a solid spicy tuna roll, and probably something topped with avocado and various sauces. The space is somewhat upscale-feeling in the sense that it does actually have some level of decor, and prices are pretty reasonable.
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Elsie is a rooftop bar a block from Times Square, and it’s a surprisingly nice place to get a cocktail. Stop by after work, and maybe bring your boss.
The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Toriko is a yakitori spot in the West Village that serves omakase menus focused on excellent grilled chicken skewers.
Ronin’ Stones is a speakeasy-type bar on the LES that plays great music and serves yakitori skewers.
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Il Gattopardo is an Italian restaurant in Midtown that feels like a very expensive living room and makes good pasta.
ViceVersa is an upscale Italian restaurant in Midtown with a nice backyard space and a bar where you might see someone drinking a martini at 3pm.
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Sake Bar Hagi 46 is a casual Japanese restaurant in Midtown that’s great for a meal before or after a Broadway show.
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