Sweet & Vicious is a classic, and it’s one of those places you’ll always want to have on hand when 12 of your friends suddenly materialize and want to get drinks somewhere downtown. It’s a straightforward bar right off Bowery in Nolita, with plenty of space out back. Get a “jargarita.” It’s a frozen margarita in a giant mason jar.
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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.
Gran Tivoli is an Italian spot in Nolita that’s best for drinks and a light bite rather than a full dinner.
Spring Natural does healthy-ish food in Nolita with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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Pod 39 Rooftop Bar
The Pod 39 Rooftop Bar is a great place to grab an outdoor drink in Murray Hill. Although if you go on a weekend, expect crowds.
YN is a tiny wine bar in Nolita that your friends probably don’t know about. Stop by for Happy Hour (4-7pm), and get a $7 glass of wine.
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