If you’re looking for a place to meet a big group in Chelsea or The Meatpacking District, The Tippler might be your least-worst option. We aren’t saying it’s a bad bar. It isn’t. But it can get pretty busy, and you might wind up talking to a group of drunk people in matching Vineyard Vines vests. The place is beneath Chelsea Market (you use a side entrance and go down some stairs), and it’s a somewhat upscale pub/lounge with some tables along the walls and lots of space to stand around, mingle, and take birthday shots.
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Reasons to visit Coppelia? It's cheap, it's open 24 hours, and for a diner, it's pretty good. Good enough.
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If you have ever been to Pianos to see a band in the back room, you probably didn't expect that it's the kind of place that would turn out some damn good bar food.
It seems that some reclaimed wood, an antique musket, and a trip to the public library are the easiest way to a restaurant idea these days. We’re over it. Thankfully, many of the dishes at Monument Lane make up for the decor.
Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
Your requisite Prohibition-inspired speakeasy in Chelsea with a quirky name and a secret door? That’d be Bathtub Gin.
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