A surf-themed bar two blocks from Times Square might sound like something you wouldn’t even wish upon your least-favorite coworker - but it also might be fun, depending on what kind of mindset you’re in. If you want to drink something cheap and maybe play beer pong while you stare at a portrait of Patrick Swayze on the wall, go for it. This is a good place to relieve some stress after a day spent in cubicle on 52nd Street.
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Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
Hutong is a gaudy Chinese spot in Midtown East where you can get some very good dim sum if you’re willing to spend a lot of money.
All observations about the clientele aside, Nobu 57 is still a pretty damn good meal. It’s hard not to love those classic dishes, as long as you can swallow the hefty price tag.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
The Lost Lady
The Lost Lady is a nautical-themed bar in Alphabet City from the people who own the Wayland. It has booths, frozen drinks, and pictures of old ships.
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