If you want a bar on the water that’s big enough for large groups, but don’t want to wait behind half of Dartmouth’s Sig Ep chapter at the Frying Pan, check out Anable Basin, an all-outdoor drinking spot located behind some warehouses on the water in Long Island City. They play pretty loud trance music from speakers at the bar, so if that’s not your thing, just bring your drinks and food to the picnic tables at the far end of the space. Wherever you sit, you’ll get a nice view of Midtown.
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John Brown Smokehouse
While we enjoyed our time with John Brown Smokehouse, we didn’t quite go crazy over the BBQ the way others have. Though if you and your crew appreciate trays full of BBQ and massive bootfuls of beer, John Brown should be on the radar.
Gordo’s is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant near the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City with solid guacamole and house margaritas.
Adda is a great casual Indian restaurant in Long Island City, and you should be planning a trip here for some curry and cheesy naan.
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The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
2nd Floor Bar & Essen
2nd Floor Bar & Essen is a semi-hidden bar above 2nd Ave Deli on the Upper East Side. It’s perfect for date night, and the food is great.
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Bierocracy is a big beer hall that’s close to the 7 and G trains in LIC if your crew is looking for an alternative to Radegast or Houston Hall.
Ruby’s Bar & Grill
Ruby’s is a counter-service spot on the boardwalk in Coney Island with a big indoor area and a full bar.
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