Blue Haven is a big space right on Houston Street, so it’s a useful option when you’re looking for a convenient meeting place to watch ACC football, or something actually worth your time, like ACC basketball. But it’d be a good place to watch games no matter where it was located. It always tends to be the right amount of crowded, it has lots of TVs including one that’s seven feet across, and its floor-to-ceiling windows provide healthy reminders that Duke winning again isn’t, in fact, the end of the world.
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Where to have your next birthday party, work event, or very awkward date.
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An alpha-dog hot spot that most people around town will passionately defend as the best of it’s kind, even though the service is cold and the food heavy handed and extravagant.
Looking for a good place to post up for a night of game watching, beer drinking, and good grubbing? Reservoir is the place to do it. Underrated bar food.
Tokyo Record Bar
Tokyo Record Bar is a basement in Greenwich Village where you eat a seven-course tasting menu and request songs from their vinyl collection.
Waiting in a line outside of any restaurant seems a bit silly to us, but Tomoe is arguably one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, as you will see by those patiently standing single file out front on most nights. And it certainly isn't the atmosphere that's got people queued up on Thompson Street. The place is a dump.
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If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
Light Horse Tavern
Light House Tavern is an American spot in Jersey City that’s great for eating a burger at the bar.
Watermark is a bar on Pier 15 near the South Street Seaport with outdoor seating that works for Happy Hour drinks.
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Blondies on the Upper West Side is one of our favorite spots in the city to watch sports and/or eat buffalo wings.
Berry Park is a big rooftop bar and restaurant in Williamsburg that gets pretty clubby at night.
Houston Hall is a giant German beer garden in the West Village where you can pretend you're still in college.
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