The Dancer is a small, cash-only cocktail bar deep in the Lower East Side from the same people behind Eastwood. Along with a big, plush, red booth, there’s a bar with about 10 seats. They make a few house cocktails and serve bar snacks like chicken liver mousse and wasabi peas. It works for an after-dinner drink, or as a more low-key alternative to 169 Bar or Mr. Fong’s.
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Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
Good Thanks is an Australian coffee shop on the Lower East Side where you can get breakfast all day.
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The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit is part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and the best place to drink in FiDi.
The Brooklyneer is most definitely a bar with food, not a restaurant with a bar. But in terms of bar food in New York City, this is some of the best around. Oh, and for all you crazy intense soccer fans out there, The Brooklyneer is the place to watch.
The Bar At Baccarat Hotel
If you need place in Midtown where you can sit under a chandelier, eat some caviar, and spend up to $450 on a cocktail, try the bar at the Baccarat.
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Contra is a Lower East Side restaurant that serves a rotating menu of seasonal, experimental dishes, and wine that’s cooler than you are.
Dimes is a good little LES restaurant, as long as you’re on a first name basis with the staff. If not, expect to be treated like the stranger you are.
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