The High Water is a tropical-themed bar in Astoria where the cocktails have names like “Naughty or Nice” and “Drunk Grandma.” And they’re all pretty solid and interesting - although you can skip the one with gummy bear vodka. The space is just one room with high ceilings and potted plants, and there are a bunch of tables where you can hang out with a small group, eat some snacks like guacamole and fried chicken, and drink something out of a tiki mug.
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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
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The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
The Mekelburg’s Williamsburg location is the kind of place you should go in a time of need. Or anytime you want fantastic sandwiches and beers.
The Brew Inn
The Brew Inn might just look like any other neighborhood bar on the outside - but it’s home to one of our favorite burgers in town.
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Super Power is a tiki bar in Crown Heights where you’ll find young people drinking out of coconuts and playing pinball.
King Tai is a vaguely-tropical bar with relaxing vibes and a DJ on weekends. If you’re drinking in Crown Heights, this is one of your best options.
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