Ophelia is an impressive spot for after-work drinks in Midtown East. This cocktail bar on the roof of the Beekman Tower has an indoor/outdoor wraparound patio with great views of Midtown and the East River. The cocktails have some unusual ingredients (like cedar smoke), and they’re all well made, but they’re also really expensive ($16-$28 each). Similar things can be said of the bar food - if you’re OK spending $24 on steak tartare, for example, then you’ll enjoy it. Stand by the bar with clients, or bring a date and reserve a table outside.
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The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
Pietro’s is an old-school Italian restaurant in Midtown East that’s been around since 1932.
Turntable Chicken Jazz
Party time fried chicken in Midtown that’s absurdly addicting and a fun place to eat food if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
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Bill's Bar & Burger
We had hoped that instead of conforming to Midtown, Bill’s Bar and Burger would make Midtown conform to it. It did not.
Quality cocktails and more than decent food on Smith Street. Brunch is a big deal here.
Pier A Harbor House
Pier A Harbor House is one of the best dining al fresco restaurants in NYC, complete with a view of the Statue Of Liberty and a massive outdoor/patio situation.
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Tanner Smith’s is a big cocktail bar that’s useful to know about for group drinks in Midtown.
Pomona is a New American spot a block south of Central Park that’s good for an upscale dinner before a show.
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