There’s so much going on at Studio Square in Astoria that you could spend a day here and not even realize how many big screens there are inside. Along with two separate indoor spaces that have their own bars, TVs, and sound systems, there’s an outdoor area about the size of a medium-sized European city’s town square, which has tons of communal picnic tables and six different bars. They also show sports on movie-theater-sized projectors in the courtyard.
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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
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The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
Archie’s Bar & Pizza
Archie’s is a pizza place in Bushwick serving simple pan pies that are exactly what you want before or after a night out.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
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LIC Market is a casual neighborhood spot in LIC with seasonal American food and a nice back patio.
Jake’s Dilemma is a bar on the Upper West Side that feels like the kind of place you might have gone during your junior year of college.
Iona is a normal-seeming bar in the middle of Williamsburg with a nice backyard that’s almost the size of the bar itself.
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