Drinking a glass of wine and eating head-on prawns at Las Ramblas may temporarily make you forget where you are. Then you’ll see an NYU student stumble out of Down The Hatch after too many games of beer pong, and you’ll remember that you’re a block from Washington Square Park. Even still, this tiny spot is ideal for affordable drinks and tapas with a small group. Ask for a side of house bread, and dip it in the sauces after you finish your mussels or octopus.
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Balaboosta is a Middle Eastern spot from the people behind Taim, and it’s a good option for third dates or weeknight group dinners.
Katana Kitten is a two-floor Japanese cocktail bar in the West Village where you can get a great cocktail and fries with seaweed flakes on them.
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Pisticci is a neighborhood Italian place in Harlem that’s good for a nice brunch or dinner.
Pil Pil is a solid Upper East Side option for brunch, especially if you’re in the mood for sangria.
Socarrat Paella Bar
Socarrat Paella Bar is a Spanish restaurant in Midtown East that works for a group dinner.
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El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
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