When you need a place for a last-minute business dinner near Bryant Park, Paloma at Hotel Hendrix is one of your best options. This spot from the chef behind Scampi and The Spaniard serves Central and South American food, and while none of it will make it into tomorrow’s follow-up emails, things like shrimp in a bowl of garlicky jus and short rib al pastor with pineapple chutney are less overpriced and more interesting than what you’ll find at many other places nearby. The one aspect of this place that does feel special, at least for the neighborhood, is the casual backyard, where you can eat surrounded by fountains, hanging lights, and colorful murals.
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Salon de Ning
Salon De Ning is the rooftop bar at The Peninsula in Midtown, and it's a good spot to drink outside with a few coworkers who often wear suits.
Spyglass is the rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel, and it’s a pretty OK place to grab a cocktail in Midtown.
When you’re near MoMA and need something casual by yourself or with a friend, go to Bengal Tiger for Indian food.
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Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is a classic Midtown steakhouse that’s a good spot for a business meal at lunch or dinner.
The Meatball Shop
The are a bunch of Meatball Shops in the city, and they’re all good for a casual meal. As you probably guessed, you’ll be eating meatballs here.
If you want to take shots and eat overpriced food on the Lower East Side, try Vandal. It’s perfect for that.
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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 Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
Scampi is a seafood-focused Italian restaurant in Flatiron with a great space and less-great food.
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