Osteria Laguna is a solid, crowd-pleasing option within walking distance of Grand Central. You'll find pastas, pretty good thin-crust pizzas, and very rich polenta that's so cheesy it almost tastes like queso fundido - but also a space big enough to fit your entire extended family (including everyone’s SOs). If your group just includes you, a speck pizza, polenta with meatballs, and a glass of red wine, that’s cool too - you probably won’t be the only one in that situation.
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Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Oyster Bar is a legendary, Classic NYC Establishment located inside Grand Central Station. There ain’t another place like this in the world, and unless you commute from Westchester everyday, it can be easily forgotten. Don’t let that happen.
Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a food hall on Park Avenue in Midtown East with a bunch of options for a quick lunch.
Agern is a Nordic restaurant inside Grand Central that’s perfect for lunch or dinner when your company is paying.
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If you’re looking to have an amazing romantic dinner with some of the best Italian food this city has to offer, keep looking. But if you’re just looking to go out with a big group, celebrate a birthday, and have a really good time, Gemma will do.
If you want to sit down and eat a good pizza on the Upper West Side, go to Pizzeria Sirenetta. And try to get there before Happy Hour ends.
Aria Wine Bar
Aria Wine Bar in Hell’s Kitchen is a casual Italian wine bar that’s good for a date or some dinner before you see a show.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
We typically love ourselves some Michael White. Though his new hotel restaurant Ai Fiori is a sprawling space with more room than they know what to do with. Set inside The Setai, this is a bit of a cookie cutter hotel restaurant - one that isn’t bad, but just isn’t quite our style.
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