It can be tough to find an actually-good place to drink with a group on the UWS, so it’s good to know about E’s Bar. You can sit up front and eat a burger at the bar while you watch a game on TV, or you can grab a big booth in the back and play Jenga or Pictionary. This place probably isn’t ideal for a date (unless your date is into Jenga), but it’s great for any sort of casual hang, and it feels like the kind of spot where you could talk to new people. And if you like bar trivia, they do that sometimes.
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Caffè Storico is little more than a good bet for dinner in the neighborhood or some pre-gaming before you hit the planetarium. Who wants to get drunk and see a laser show?
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.
We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
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Old Town Bar
Over a century of Big Apple history lies within these walls, as does a pretty excellent burger. Come have a beer and pretend your horse is outside.
Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Maison Pickle is a fancy comfort food place from the people behind Jacob’s Pickles, and it feels sort like an upscale Applebee’s.
Prohibition is a bar on the Upper West Side that has live music every night and works well for a date.
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