You need a spot for a group dinner in Midtown East, and one person told you he just started a keto diet while two others are in the mood for “maybe seafood.” Rather than spending half the day studying menus and reading fitness blogs, just tell everyone to meet you at Socarrat. This Spanish spot has a long menu of tapas - we especially like the grilled calamari and the beef cheeks - as well as big bowls of paella ideal for sharing. If you’re here with just one other person, grab a small table outside on 2nd Avenue.
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The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
Shake Shack Times Square
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Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
The Flatiron location of this Spanish tapas chain has a casual space that’s good for groups.
At Socarrat Nolita, the only way you are having a comfortable meal sitting at the massive communal table is if you have the body frame of Beaker from The Muppets. Bring a bigger group so you can sit at a real table and enjoy your delicious paella in peace.
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Mercado Little Spain
Mercado Little Spain is a big Spanish food hall in Hudson Yards. It has a bunch of tapas kiosks, bars, and restaurants.
Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a food hall on Park Avenue in Midtown East with a bunch of options for a quick lunch.
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