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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Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
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Paul’s Daughter is a counter-service spot on the boardwalk in Coney Island that has everything from lobster rolls to soft serve.
Bravest on 38th
Bravest on 38th is the only fireman-themed and fireman-occupied bar in Gramercy. And probably the whole city.
The Meatball Shop Chelsea
Reliable, delicious, and full of balls. If there’s not at Meatball Shop near you already, there will be soon. This thing is about to go full Shake Shack.
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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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