Even if the legend is true and the Bloody Mary was really invented here, King Cole Bar - an extremely fancy cocktail bar inside the St. Regis Hotel - feels much more like a place to drink a martini. The fur coats and businesspeople who probably should’ve gone to bed two drinks ago make for very good people watching, and the comfortable leather bar seats and booths with table service also make it a good option for a cocktail date in Midtown.
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Rattle N Hum West
Rattle N Hum is a great place to go after a game at the Garden for a drink and good bar food.
Gai Chicken & Rice
Gai is a tiny takeout spot in Midtown East specialising in Hainese-style steamed chicken. It’s great for a quick, simple lunch.
Tengri Tagh Uyghur Cuisine
If you work in Midtown and want better lunch options, get to know Tengri Tagh and their delicious Uyghur noodle and lamb dishes.
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Calabrije’s Margaritas and Tacos
Calabrije’s Margaritas and Tacos is a bar in Bushwick that specializes in top-notch margaritas.
Sidney’s Five is a fun East Village bar where you should meet up with friends or take a date whom you might make out with in public.
High Low Beverage Company
High Low Beverage Company is a bar in Bushwick that also happens to serve excellent Vietnamese-American dishes on weekends.
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