At 6pm every night, Eli’s Essentials - a daytime cafe on 79th - turns into Eli’s Night Shift, specializing in cocktails and craft beer. Lots of bar seats, a few big tables, a well-designed space, and a solid menu of snacks make this place an excellent post-work or pre-dinner drinking situation, or an early-in-the-game date destination.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
Walking by Bella Blu, you might assume it’s just like every other mediocre, stuffy restaurant in the Upper East Side. Stuffy, it most certainly is. But it’s actually far from mediocre – as long as you order correctly.
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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.
Tuome in the East Village is doing something totally different with familiar Asian menu items.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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The East Pole
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Jack & Fanny’s
Jack and Fanny’s is an Upper East Side bar with great cocktails and a bocce ball court in the back.
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen
Ben’s Kosher Deli is a kosher spot in the Garment District with deli classics and excellent matzo ball soup.
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