A nautical themed basement bar with big booths and high ceilings. They make good cocktails here, but it doesn’t get too busy, and that’s probably because it’s hidden down a set of stairs on Lafayette Street. If you’re in Soho, and you need a semi-quiet cocktail in a space that’s larger than you expect, come here.
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Cafe Select is an all-day spot in Soho that’s a good place to meet someone for drinks and a light bite after work.
Special Club is the jazz club below Niche Niche in soho. It’s a cool spot - just know there’s a $20 cover, and they only serve wine and beer.
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Eastfield’s is a sort-of-healthy restaurant on the UES where you can bring a date and pretend you’re downtown.
Ed & Bev’s
Ed & Bev’s is a stand on the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Rockaway Beach that does classic beach food better than classic beach places do.
The Banty Rooster serves very good Southwestern-inspired food in a big, casual West Village space.
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Peppi’s Cellar is a big cocktail bar below a restaurant in Nolita, and it’s perfect for when you want to sit somewhere dark and listen to jazz.
Botanica Bar is a classic NYC dive that is an ideal place to gather a group, especially during Happy Hour.
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