The Rag Trader sort of looks like it belongs in Vegas, not the Garment District. It has a very large bar area in the front and a dining room in the back (with additional seating up a flight of stairs), and there’s a full dinner menu with stuff like burrata, octopus, and steak. The big tables up front are perfect for groups, and there's a crowd here most nights.
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Luke’s Lobster Garment District
Like their other locations around the city, Luke’s Lobster in the Garment District is a great place for lunch or a quick lobster roll.
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Head spinning after a long day of getting dragged around Soho with the female? Find salvation in a crisp Blue Point Toasted Lager draft and steak frites at Jane. It’ll help restore the equilibrium. The predecessor to fratty East Village favorite, The Smith, Jane is its slightly more sophisticated older sister.
A solid addition to Gowanus, Freek’s Mill is all about the wood-burning oven. It’s best when things don’t get too fussy.
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Refinery Rooftop is a rooftop bar in Midtown that actually isn’t the worst. If you work in the area, it’s a good spot for drinks with coworkers.
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