Sake Bar Hagi doesn’t really look like much from the outside, but walk inside and you’ll find a long room with hanging light bulbs, records on the walls, and a bunch of small tables. It’s a great place for a casual meal with a couple of friends before a show, and the menu is surprisingly huge - you can get everything from sashimi and yakitori to french fries and ramen. There’s also a wide variety of sake to choose from, although you shouldn’t have too much of that if you don’t want to fall asleep 10 minutes into The Crucible.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
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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Maison Yaki in Prospect Heights is where you go to sit on a red leather barstool and eat classic French cooking-inspired yakitori.
Tokyo Record Bar
Tokyo Record Bar is a basement in Greenwich Village where you eat a seven-course tasting menu and request songs from their vinyl collection.
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Even though it's in Midtown, this multi-level meat market serves up one of our favorite steaks in town, and it's not what you might expect from a steakhouse in the area.
Nonono is a Japanese restaurant in Nomad where you can try a ton of great food and still have an affordable dinner.
Bar Centrale is inside a Midtown West brownstone, and it’s good for both pre-theater cocktails and Broadway celeb sightings.
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