At this point, Mermaid Inn is pretty much synonymous with solid, not trying-too-hard first date spot. There are lots of small plate options, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a happy hour deal that means you can afford to get a few of both. But take our word for it: you probably don’t look as good eating an oyster as you think you do.
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Breads Bakery - Lincoln Center
Breads Bakery is a bakery and cafe near Central Park on the Upper West Side.
TAP is an all-day counter-service spot on the Upper West Side where you should pick up savory Brazilian tapioca crepes for lunch.
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Pearl Oyster Bar
Almost everything on Pearl Oyster Bar menu is fantastic, but what really keeps us coming back though is the fried oyster sandwich.
Watermark is a bar on Pier 15 near the South Street Seaport with outdoor seating that works for Happy Hour drinks.
Marlow & Sons
Marlow & Sons is one of the original modern Brooklyn restaurants, and it’s still one of the best places to eat in the city.
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Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Elea is a big Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you want to eat some lamb chops and feel like you’re downtown.
The Owl’s Tail
The Owl’s Tail is a great, casual little cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that feels more or less like someone’s living room.
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