Good Story is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Soho, although you might know it as “Harold’s Surf Shack.” That’s what it’s called in the summertime when they bring in some beach decorations and serve slushy drinks. The rest of the time, however, it’s just a nice, plain rooftop bar that isn’t especially tacky or impossible to get into. We like it for an afterwork drink or a weekend hang when the weather isn’t the worst and you want to be somewhere above ground level. There’s a big outdoor patio with a bunch of tables, and there’s a decent-sized inside area as well.
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Takeshi is a great casual sushi spot in Soho with a few lunch and dinner omakase options (including some for under $100).
Raoul’s has been a Soho institution since the '70s. If you can’t have a good time at this French bistro, you probably can’t have a good time anywhere.
Cafe Select is an all-day spot in Soho that’s a good place to meet someone for drinks and a light bite after work.
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Kiki’s Grill & Rotisserie
Kiki’s Grill is across the street from Kiki’s on the Lower East Side and serves a very similar menu of Greek food, but with much shorter waits.
Like its other two locations, the Flatiron Barcade has retro arcade games, beer, and people who are psyched to be playing Simpsons pinball.
Brooklyn Tap House
Brooklyn Tap House is a sports bar in Bed-Stuy that has over 40 beers on tap, plus a big backyard.
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Rooftop Reds is a reservation-only rooftop wine bar in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with hammocks and cornhole.
Mr. Purple is the restaurant/bar on top of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. It’s a good place to grab a drink with a group, but it does get busy.
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