Grabbing a drink around Times Square doesn't have to mean deciding between tall boys at TGI Fridays and $24 cocktails at a hotel bar. The Long Room is only a couple blocks from where tourists are paying money to take pictures with a guy still wearing his $29 Batman outfit from Halloween, but it’s a low-key spot where you’re more likely to see after-work crowds than families wearing matching I Heart NY shirts. They have a lot of beers on tap and a big whiskey selection, which you can drink at the long, narrow bar up front or on leather couches or communal tables in the large, loungey space in the back.
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The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
Xi’an Famous Foods
On one hand, Xi’an’s presence in Midtown is great because this area desperately needs more cheap and delicious things to eat for lunch. On the other hand, no one at your office wants to be around for the aftermath of those spicy cumin lamb noodles you ordered.
The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
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The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
Hudson Malone is a rare Midtown East pub where you can eat good food and watch sports on TV at the very same time.
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