Bar Goto is mature, but we wouldn’t say it’s uptight. Sure, you aren’t going to meet anyone on the dance floor here - but that’s because there is no dance floor. This is a tiny Japanese-inspired cocktail bar on the LES where you can eat some very good bar snacks and have a martini with a cherry blossom in it. It’s like no other place in the area. Come here and pretend you’re in Tokyo for an hour or two. And if you end up hanging out for bit, try the miso chicken wings.
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A fun Lower East Side spot with good Mexican food. This is where you should have your next birthday.
Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
Excuse My French
A funny little French tapas bar on the Lower East Side, with some really tasty food.
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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.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
Sushi Jin is a sushi spot on the UES, and it’s one of the best places to get an omakase in the East 80s.
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Boilermaker is a casual cocktail bar just above the Lower East Side where you can get a well-made drink and some above-average bar food.
Parish is a bar on the Lower East Side that’s a good spot for Happy Hour and New Orleans-inspired food.
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