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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Kiki’s Grill & Rotisserie
Kiki’s Grill is across the street from Kiki’s on the Lower East Side and serves a very similar menu of Greek food, but with much shorter waits.
A former Infatuation favorite is a shell of its former self. Sorry, ápizz, but we're breaking up with you.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
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ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
Year after year, Esca remains in the conversation of the NYC elite. It’s always jam-packed, mostly with the business and commuter crowd.
A cocktail bar that specializes in oysters, and has a very solid burger. Sel Rrose isn't our favorite oyster hangout, but it's definitely one you should know about.
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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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