Walk up the main staircase at the Freehand Hotel, and you’ll find a second-floor lounge that feels like the home of a person who’s trying to get featured in the New York Times Style Magazine. To the right of the lounge, there’s a bar, and to the left, there’s an all-day restaurant called Studio. This, too, is a heavily-designed space, with fur blankets draped over couches, a bunch of fancy light fixtures, and some big booths from which you can look out at the room and try to count how many people you recognize from their online dating profiles. Expect a crowd of mostly young adults, and stop by for a meal with a client or a group dinner with friends when you need a place where you can wear the expensive hat you just bought. The food is a mix of American, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean, and there are things like Turkish dumplings, white bean hummus, and a burger with harissa.
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Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.
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Head spinning after a long day of getting dragged around Soho with the female? Find salvation in a crisp Blue Point Toasted Lager draft and steak frites at Jane. It’ll help restore the equilibrium. The predecessor to fratty East Village favorite, The Smith, Jane is its slightly more sophisticated older sister.
Emily West Village
Emily West Village is a mashup of the original Emily in Clinton Hill and Emmy Squared in Williamsburg.
Quality cocktails and more than decent food on Smith Street. Brunch is a big deal here.
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Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
We wish there was a Daily Provisions on every corner, so that we would never be far from their excellent breakfast and lunch.
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