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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We’re actually surprised more people don’t flock to Monkey Bar. It’s a fine restaurant, especially for Midtown which is filled with overpriced letdowns kept afloat by tourists and suits who don’t know any better than to plunge their money directly into the dumpster.
With a reasonably priced menu, welcoming staff, and sleek decor, we’re surprised to find such a perfect Australian coffee shop in Midtown East.
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Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates. How much you'll like it probably depends on how much you're looking to spend.
Bar Jamón is basically Casa Mono's waiting room. However, for that First/Early in the Game Date, where dinner feels too formal but you are also starving, Bar Jamón was designed for you.
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Crave Fishbar’s second location on the UWS is larger than the original UES spot and works for nearly every situation.
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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