Rattle N Hum West is a great spot for people who consider themselves to be beer nerds. They typically have around 40 beers on tap, and some more bottled options. They also serve wine and cocktails, and it’s overall an easy place to get drinks and food with a group. It’s nicer than a dive bar, but it isn’t too pricey, and they have a weekday Happy Hour starting at 11am.
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Finally, someone figured out that an Italian restaurant near Penn Station that serves food people want to eat would do well.
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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Blake Lane is great for a reasonably-priced, healthy (enough) meal on the Upper East Side.
Fedora is in the basement of a townhouse in the West Village, and it feels like a dinner party in a speakeasy that your friends happen to own.
Speedy Romeo is the best restaurant you haven’t been to. Put it on your Hit List and make the trip to Clinton Hill.
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The Smith Midtown
If Midtown East is the final frontier of food-obsessed New York City, The Smith Midtown is the Starship Enterprise.
Danny Meyer’s Chelsea bar, Porchlight, is all about the details. Cocktails and details.
Ardesia is first and foremost a wine bar, and a good one at that. The food is decent, but it’s secondary to what they do best, which is selecting excellent “mineral-driven” wines from all over the world.
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