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 Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
Breads Bakery - Lincoln Center
Breads Bakery is a bakery and cafe near Central Park on the Upper West Side.
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Abe’s Pagoda is a big spot in Bushwick that looks like a cross between a tiki bar and a pirate ship. Stop by on a Saturday, and bring a group.
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten
Pilsener Haus is a Hoboken beer garden that's ideal for day drinking outside with a big group.
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.
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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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