With their velvet ropes, rooftop bars, and bribeable doormen, hotels are the engines that make Meatpacking go. The most important one when it comes to nightlife is The Standard, which has three of the most popular spots to drink - Le Bain, the Boom Boom Room, and the Biergarten - as well as one of the best restaurants, The Standard Grill. The dark space on the ground floor of the hotel has white-jacketed servers doing tableside presentations for client dinners and dates. It feels like a high-end steakhouse, and they do offer a few expensive cuts of meat, but most of the menu is made up of seafood, vegetables, and Italian entrees. Our favorite dish here is the truffle risotto that’s rich, earthy, and comes with shrimp that basically melt when you bite into them. Finish the meal with the baked Alaska that’s set on fire tableside, and then if you still need more entertainment, head up the elevator to Le Bain.
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It is no understatement to say that Catch is the most over-the-top, ridiculous dining operation the Meatpacking District has ever seen. Thankfully though, the service is fantastic, and the food is pretty great as well, despite the absurdity of it all.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
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.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
Tuome in the East Village is doing something totally different with familiar Asian menu items.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Crown Shy is an American restaurant in the Financial District that’s one of the few places we’d recommend to absolutely everyone.
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