The Dead Poet is really just a solid neighborhood bar. Isn’t the least bit fancy, but it also doesn’t smell bad, and they even have some books you can read while you drink. There are a couple of TVs for watching sports, and there are also both daytime and late-night Happy Hours. It’s about the size of a subway car, though, so don’t bring a big group.
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Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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The Smith Midtown
If Midtown East is the final frontier of food-obsessed New York City, The Smith Midtown is the Starship Enterprise.
Hudson Malone is a rare Midtown East pub where you can eat good food and watch sports on TV at the very same time.
Bondurants is a little bar on the Upper East Side where you can eat some comfort food and have a good cocktail.
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