Vanguard is a little livelier than your average wine bar, and it probably isn’t the best place for a date. Sure, you could bring someone here and maybe even have a perfectly good time, but it’s more of a place to come with a few friends and eat some cheese while you drink a lot of wine. If you need somewhere to hang before or after a trip to the Lincoln Center, try this place.
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The best modern dim sum restaurant in town now has a second location on the Upper West Side.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
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Rose's serves elevated pub grub and an excellent cheeseburger in the original Franny's space, a couple blocks from the Barclays Center.
2nd Floor Bar & Essen
2nd Floor Bar & Essen is a semi-hidden bar above 2nd Ave Deli on the Upper East Side. It’s perfect for date night, and the food is great.
Bill's Bar & Burger
We had hoped that instead of conforming to Midtown, Bill’s Bar and Burger would make Midtown conform to it. It did not.
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Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
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