Just inside the unmarked entrance of this fancy hotel in the Met Life Tower, there’s a very nice and very mellow lobby bar. There are couches, chairs, some low coffee tables, and relaxed/upscale vibes. If you want to feel like a well-off business traveler or Christian Grey on a low-key night, this is the place. It’s quiet, discreet, and the cocktails are good. Linger with a drink, and if you’re hungry they do some small plates from the same kitchen as Clocktower.
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If you live in the neighborhood, Novita is a nice local hang with great service and reasonable food; we just wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it.
Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
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Paul’s Daughter is a counter-service spot on the boardwalk in Coney Island that has everything from lobster rolls to soft serve.
A can’t miss West Village Infatuation go-to that’s Perfect For all kinds of things, including Brunch, Date Night, and Dinner with the Parents.
Grill Café At The Standard
The Grill Café is a casual, all-day American spot in the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking with outdoor seating that’s ideal for people watching.
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The Clocktower in the Edition Hotel is a Flatiron facsimile of a popular restaurant in London. And it works here just as well as it works over there.
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