Paper Daisy is a casual cocktail bar down a set of stairs in the East Village. It has a bar area up front and a dimly lit room in the back filled with tables, and there’s also a little patio out front where you can hang out and watch tourists point at things on St. Marks. It’s a great spot for an early-in-the-game date, and it’s also ideal when you just want to sit down and have a conversation with someone without having to shout. If you get hungry, there are some solid bar snacks like a burger, a duck hot dog, and chicken liver toast.
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Ikinari is a Japanese chain with a location in the East Village. They’re known for their good, affordable steak (that you eat standing up).
A great East Village date night spot, especially when you get the adjacent cocktail lounge, Angel's Share, involved.
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Looking for a good place to post up for a night of game watching, beer drinking, and good grubbing? Reservoir is the place to do it. Underrated bar food.
Danny Meyer’s Chelsea bar, Porchlight, is all about the details. Cocktails and details.
Quality cocktails and more than decent food on Smith Street. Brunch is a big deal here.
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Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Holiday Cocktail Lounge is a cross between a dive and a cocktail bar, and it's the sort of place you hope to find in the East Village.
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