Maybe you heard about some movie star eating at Carbone, or a professional athlete spraying bottles of Champagne at 1OAK. Those are fine and good, but if you want to go to the original NYC celebrity hotspot, sit down next to a family wearing matching fanny packs at Fraunces Tavern. George Washington was here in 1783, and there’s a bunch more history around this big FiDi bar and restaurant, which you can learn in the museum portion of the space. Or you can focus on the 200 types of whiskey, and American food, like bacon-wrapped shrimp with cornbread and crispy fish and chips with thick pub fries.
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The Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is free, and you can use it to get to and from Staten Island. Or you can treat it like a floating bar with an outdoor deck.
The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit is part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and the best place to drink in FiDi.
The Shake Shack in FiDi might as well be Goldman Sachs’ company cafeteria because it’s essentially right next door and full of suits eating burgers.
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Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop
Tiny’s Giant is an all-day spot on the LES that serves big sandwiches and salads.
Lenox Saphire Harlem
Lenox Saphire is a bar and restaurant in Harlem with outdoor seating, DJ events, and generally a lot of people having fun.
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Peter Luger Steak House
Peter Luger is a New York City steakhouse institution, and eating here is an experience unlike any other in the city.
Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Pier A Harbor House
Pier A Harbor House is one of the best dining al fresco restaurants in NYC, complete with a view of the Statue Of Liberty and a massive outdoor/patio situation.
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