Australians are taking over Manhattan, and their reach has officially stretched all the way to the UWS, with this downtown-feeling bar that can only be described as an industrial saloon. Whether or not that appeals to you, the cocktails here are solid, and the two-for-one drinks and $1 oyster offer at Happy Hour (till 8pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends) is hard to argue with.
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Gazala’s is a Middle Eastern restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can get a casual meal that involves a big mezze platter.
We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
Bluebird London is on the third floor of the Time Warner Center, and it’s a decent spot for a semi-fancy meal with someone dressed in business casual.
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Place To Beach
Place To Beach is a counter-service spot in Coney Island with a full service backyard that turns into a party at night.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is a counter-service spot in the East Village that serves some of the best fried chicken in the city.
Clara’s is a sports bar in Bushwick with a pool table, a big projector screen, and some good bar food.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
Réunion Surf Bar
Reunion Surf Bar is a tiki-themed spot in Hell’s Kitchen with fish tacos and frozen cocktails.
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