Between the live music, oysters, and specialty cocktails, Bar Belly is a pretty ideal early-in-the-game date spot. The dark, narrow space on the Lower East Side has a cocktail and raw bar up front, along with a bunch of small tables past the musicians in the back. Besides oysters, which are $1 during Happy Hour, they also serve good small plates like lamb meatballs and octopus.
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Good Thanks is an Australian coffee shop on the Lower East Side where you can get breakfast all day.
For barbecue on the Lower East Side, go to Randall’s. It’s counter-service, there’s a full bar, and they make some good sandwiches on bialys.
Public - Rooftop & Garden
The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
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Cape House is a seafood shack in East Williamsburg/Bushwick with plenty of outdoor seating.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill
Docks is a good spot for Happy Hour drinks and snacks near Grand Central.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a natural wine bar on the Lower East Side that serves some good small plates and $1 Happy Hour oysters every day.
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