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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Ivan Ramen is an extremely popular ramen spot from Japan, now in the Lower East Side.
Tang Hotpot is a big place on Bowery where you and your friends can have a good time dipping high quality meats into a bubbling pot of broth.
Davelle is an all-day Japanese spot on the LES that’s unlike any other place in the city.
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Flex is a restaurant import from Prince Edward Island, which immediately gives it some credibility - "P.E.I" as they call it, is the source of some of the best mussels the world has to offer.
Jeffrey’s Grocery in the West Village is one of the few restaurants in town we return to regularly. It is Perfect For pretty much everything.
The Mermaid Inn
A staple in the Infatuation playbook since back in 2003 when we were standing in line outside of terrible Manhattan night clubs and listening to nothing but Brand New and 50 Cent. The fish here is always fresh and fantastic, and the lobster roll is very solid.
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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.
Maison Premiere is the coolest place in Williamsburg to eat oysters and drink cocktails.
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