Mother’s Ruin has everything you need with just one catch: there isn’t a ton of seating. There are some bar seats and a few tables, but those all get taken pretty quickly. If you’re able to grab one, however, you can eat some good bar food and have a nice cocktail. This is a welcoming neighborhood cocktail bar, and you’ll always find a good after-work and late-night crowd (and food) here. Don’t worry, you can always stand.
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The self-proclaimed "first pizzeria in America," Lombardi's has long been at the top of the list for tourists looking for a taste of real NYC pizza.
The Musket Room
Interesting flavor and texture combinations litter a menu of impressive hits at The Musket Room. It’s an unassuming restaurant, but one that prides itself on excellent service and a serious Kiwi heavy wine program. Pleasant surprises all around.
At Socarrat Nolita, the only way you are having a comfortable meal sitting at the massive communal table is if you have the body frame of Beaker from The Muppets. Bring a bigger group so you can sit at a real table and enjoy your delicious paella in peace.
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Jones Wood Foundry
A great British pub that will help you solve all of your Upper East Side problems, or at least the ones related to food.
The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
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.
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Cafe Gitane is the quintessential Nolita place to “see and be seen,” especially if you’re hoping to see some avocado toast.
Spring Lounge is a very old dive in Soho where you can (and should) drink cheaply and enjoy the (bad) smell.
Peppi’s Cellar is a big cocktail bar below a restaurant in Nolita, and it’s perfect for when you want to sit somewhere dark and listen to jazz.
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