At this point, Mermaid Inn is pretty much synonymous with solid, not trying-too-hard first date spot. There are lots of small plate options, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a happy hour deal that means you can afford to get a few of both. But take our word for it: you probably don’t look as good eating an oyster as you think you do.
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Gazala’s is a Middle Eastern restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can get a casual meal that involves a big mezze platter.
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club is a jazz spot with great cocktails on the Upper West Side.
Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
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The Standard Grill
If you want both high-quality people watching and food in Meatpacking, go to The Standard Grill.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Oyster Bar is a legendary, Classic NYC Establishment located inside Grand Central Station. There ain’t another place like this in the world, and unless you commute from Westchester everyday, it can be easily forgotten. Don’t let that happen.
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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Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Elea is a big Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you want to eat some lamb chops and feel like you’re downtown.
The Owl’s Tail
The Owl’s Tail is a great, casual little cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that feels more or less like someone’s living room.
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