You probably don’t want to come to the beer garden at the Standard High Line at night, when it’s packed with people who are holding off on going to Le Bain or The Gansevoort Rooftop until there’s a line they can skip. But during the day, this is a fun spot to hang out with a big group. The massive space has communal picnic tables, where you can drink steins of beer and eat giant pretzels. There’s also a room in the back with foosball and ping-pong.
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Old Homestead Steakhouse
Old Homestead has been around since 1868, and this steakhouse on the Meatpacking/Chelsea border still serves some of the best steaks in the city.
A restaurant that only serves bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. No, this is not a joke. BEC is real, and it's here to cure your hangover.
Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen
The Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen in the East Village isn’t great, but the one in Chelsea is nicer, cozier, and good enough for first date.
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If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
Light Horse Tavern
Light House Tavern is an American spot in Jersey City that’s great for eating a burger at the bar.
Watermark is a bar on Pier 15 near the South Street Seaport with outdoor seating that works for Happy Hour drinks.
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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.
DBA is a bar in the East Village that’s good for people who like whiskey and beer and drinking those things outside.
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