A foolproof way to justify all of your turtlenecks is by drinking martinis at Smoke on Broadway and 106th on the Upper West Side. It’s a little jazz club that brings in noteworthy musicians from all over the world to play on an intimate red-curtained stage. If you want to eat dinner while catching a show, we recommend making a reservation in advance to ensure a table. But you could also show up, sit at the bar, and fall into a conversation with an ex-mayor of Philadelphia or someone else who could probably give you some good life advice.
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Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Noodle Bar 2.0 (in the Time Warner Center) still has a downtown feel, and the food is really good.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
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Cafe Standard is the cafe/bar in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s open all day.
Buttermilk Channel is a true Brooklyn Neighborhood Hang serving some of the best fried chicken in town.
Natureworks is a quick, casual health food spot in Midtown that you'll enjoy if you really like complex carbs and protein.
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Tomi Jazz is a Japanese jazz bar that also happens to be one of the coolest date options in Midtown.
Sugar Monk is a tiny cocktail bar in Harlem with velvet furniture, tropical wallpaper, and some very good (and complex) drinks.
Paris Blues is a historic jazz bar in Harlem with performances every night, but it feels a lot like a dive bar.
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