Vanguard is a little livelier than your average wine bar, and it probably isn’t the best place for a date. Sure, you could bring someone here and maybe even have a perfectly good time, but it’s more of a place to come with a few friends and eat some cheese while you drink a lot of wine. If you need somewhere to hang before or after a trip to the Lincoln Center, try this place.
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Saiguette is a little Vietnamese place that makes the best (and largest) banh mi on the Upper West Side.
Crave Fishbar’s second location on the UWS is larger than the original UES spot and works for nearly every situation.
Ultimately, we are sure that Boulud Sud is some kind of Mediterranean culinary stroke of genius, just like the critics say that it is. But this is the kind of restaurant best suited for people who still keep an actual Zagat guide in their house.
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The Gin Mill
The Gin Mill is a bar on the Upper West Side where you can watch sports and play beer pong.
Despite the objectively great name, The Beerkeeper also serves wine and cocktails. It’s a good spot for a casual drink, and it even works for a date.
Parish is a bar on the Lower East Side that’s a good spot for Happy Hour and New Orleans-inspired food.
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Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
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