Unless you’re a security guard at the UN, you probably don’t spend much time on the East River between the East Village and Upper East Side. So you might not know about Riverpark, an upscale new American spot next to Bellevue Hospital at the east end of Kips Bay. It’s a good after-work Happy Hour option, when you can share buckets of beer outside in the connected beer garden, or take advantage of Happy Hour at the bar, which has the same views of Brooklyn and Queens thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Use Riverpark for those situations rather than a full dinner, as the formal dining room, which feels like a very high-end hotel lobby, is inside a sterile office building, and the food is just fine, especially considering prices.
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Pizza in a sterile Flatiron District hotel lobby just doesn’t feel like the Danny Meyer hospitality experience we’ve grown accustomed to.
A conveniently located restaurant in Midtown that’s more than just convenient. The food and service at Covina are great.
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Edward's is a casual place in Tribeca to grab a burger, some tacos, or a nice piece of fish.
Saxon + Parole
Saxon + Parole is not quite a place The Infatuation seeks out. But if you’re with a bunch of girlfriends, want a fun club scene, and don’t mind dropping $44 for some wings, you’ll love it.
East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
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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.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
The P.J. Clarke’s in Battery Park serves the same great burgers as the other locations, but this one has outdoor seating with views of the Hudson.
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