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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Churrascaria Plataforma is a massive Brazilian steakhouse in Hell’s Kitchen with an all-you-can-eat prix-fixe of high-ends meats.
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Headless Horseman has a good beer selection and popular Happy Hour right by Union Square.
Slowly Shirley is the speakeasy-type bar below The Happiest Hour where you can impress a date with fancy cocktails and old-school vibes.
Mekelburg’s serves great sandwiches and craft beers in the back of a specialty grocery store in Clinton Hill.
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Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecôte is a French restaurant in Midtown East where the only thing on the menu is very good steak frites.
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