If you walk past the coffee shop on the first floor of Au Cheval, then go down the stairs, you’ll see a closed door with an ominous red tint coming through the little window. This is Au Cheval’s bar, and for some reason, it doesn’t get very busy. It's a great place to spend the inevitable wait for your table - just know that it’s incredibly dark down here (like won’t-be-able-to-read-the-menu dark), and the cocktails are mostly $18. They also serve some really good fries and other snacks.
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Macao Trading Co.
"Look for the red lantern," instructs the Macao Trading Co. website. This is how you will know you have reached your destination - the Portuguese colony of Macao circa 1952, "a fugitive's heaven from which there is no turning back." Awesome. We're apparently having dinner at Universal Studios tonight.
Farra is a wine bar in Tribeca from the people behind (temporarily closed) Atera. Order the scallop fried rice.
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The Gin Mill
The Gin Mill is a bar on the Upper West Side where you can watch sports and play beer pong.
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4 Charles Prime Rib
4 Charles Prime Rib is an underground West Village steakhouse that should be approached with reckless intent. This is not a place to eat a salad.
The original Au Cheval in Chicago makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and the location in Tribeca serves a damn good one as well.
Belle Reve is a sort of bar/gastropub that’s known to turn into a full on party from time to time. The food is good, but the partying is better.
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