A lot of bars claim to be “speakeasies.” And while none of them actually warrant that title - alcohol has been legal for a long time, guys - Please Don’t Tell is about as close as you can get to experiencing the real thing. You enter not just through the hot dog shop Crif Dogs, but through a vintage phone booth within Crif Dogs. Which means that once inside, along with the excellent cocktails, you can also enjoy a hot dog (or a few). The space is small - come with a date you’re trying to impress, and make a reservation beforehand if you can.
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Kingston Hall is a vaguely Caribbean-themed bar in the East Village with pool tables, an indoor/outdoor patio, and a decent selection of bar food.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
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Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
The Rose Bar
The Rose Bar is a fancy cocktail bar behind a velvet curtain in the bottom of the Gramercy Park Hotel, and it turns into a nightclub around 9pm.
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