During the daytime, the Ace Hotel Lobby is filled with people on laptops. After the workday is over, however, people start drinking, and the whole place turns into a big group hang with a DJ. There are lots of couches and comfortable chairs, and it tends to be dark, loud, and just the right level of crowded. Sure, you might wind up drinking next to a bunch of Swedish tourists, but that’s just an opportunity to make friends. Bring a date, or your parents, or stop by when you’re looking for nice bar where you don’t have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people and shout for your drinks.
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The next time a friend comes to town and you’re low on energy, try one of these spots.
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A.R.T. is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Nomad, and it’s pretty low-key for how nice the views are. Stop by for a drink before a show at MSG.
Dig is where you go for a quick, fast-casual lunch that’s affordable and at least kind of healthy.
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Madre is a seasonal American restaurant in the bottom of a boutique hotel in Greenpoint, with food that’s better than most other hotel restaurants.
Lincoln Station is a nice, big coffee shop in Prospect Heights where you can also get a good sandwich or some rotisserie chicken.
Motel Morris is a slightly retro, motel-themed restaurant in Chelsea that’s cool enough for date night and nice enough for dinner with the parents.
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Flatiron Hall is a big beer hall where people like to relive the Oktoberfest experience they had during their junior year abroad.
Undercote is a dark, plant-filled cocktail bar beneath the restaurant Cote in the Flatiron District. It’s very pricey and slightly ridiculous.
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