If you’re looking for a place to meet a big group in Chelsea or The Meatpacking District, The Tippler might be your least-worst option. We aren’t saying it’s a bad bar. It isn’t. But it can get pretty busy, and you might wind up talking to a group of drunk people in matching Vineyard Vines vests. The place is beneath Chelsea Market (you use a side entrance and go down some stairs), and it’s a somewhat upscale pub/lounge with some tables along the walls and lots of space to stand around, mingle, and take birthday shots.
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An old Infatuation favorite, Crispo is still hanging tough like Keith Richards' internal organs. Come for great pastas, salumi, and a solid wine list.
Ushiwakamaru is now in Chelsea, in a fancier space with higher prices. It's still a top notch sushi option.
Chelsea, you lucky dog, congrats on getting your very own Westville location. We love Westville – a well priced, one stop shop that’s equally reliable for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
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The Brooklyneer is most definitely a bar with food, not a restaurant with a bar. But in terms of bar food in New York City, this is some of the best around. Oh, and for all you crazy intense soccer fans out there, The Brooklyneer is the place to watch.
Edie Jo’s is a bar and restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s great if you’re looking for drinks and snacks in the neighborhood.
Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
Automatic Slims is a normal bar with a very cool name, and for a low-key drink in the West Village, it’s one of your best options.
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