Tao is a massive spot in Chelsea that feels like a Vegas nightclub inside an airplane hangar. The high-ceilinged space has giant Buddha statues, couches overlooking a sunken dining room, and a club in the back where you may see someone who’s performing at MSG this weekend. The food - ranging from sushi to dim sum, lobster pad thai, and sweet and sour pork - is better than the food at most club-restaurants, but it’s also really, really expensive.
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Empire Diner has opened and closed a few times over the years, but now it’s a sleek Southern-inspired restaurant in the same vintage space.
One of the few New York City restaurants you can count on for an excellent meal regardless of circumstance. Go for any meal or for a day on the patio.
Socarrat Paella Bar
No bigger than a subway car, Socarrat packs the majority of their patrons on bar stools around a communal table. The idea here is that they do paella the way it's done in Spain, as one big family. In such a small space, keeping the drool inside your mouth while you wait for your food is no easy task.
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Davelle is an all-day Japanese spot on the LES that’s unlike any other place in the city.
An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
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RH Rooftop Restaurant
RH is the restaurant on top of Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking where you can get design inspiration for your megayacht while eating American food.
Everyone has a favorite neighborhood sushi spot and, if you live in Chelsea, there’s a good chance yours is Momoya.
Sushi Seki Chelsea
The Chelsea Sushi Seki outpost is bigger and badder than the original. Aside from the decor differences, everything appears to be exactly the same.
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