The Flower Shop feels sort of like a Tao for people who think Tao is lame. It’s a restaurant/bar on the Lower East side, with a dining room upstairs and a lounge down below. The whole place has a 70’s retro theme, and the downstairs looks like your grandparents’ basement. There’s even a nice pool table. The menu is a pretty standard mix of fried chicken/steak tartare/little gem salad, but it all sort of feels beside the point. You can get dinner here, sure, but the bar seems like the main thing. So head downstairs and try to snag the pool table. Or grab a few seats in the corner and pretend you’re at a house party four decades ago.
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If you have ever been to Pianos to see a band in the back room, you probably didn't expect that it's the kind of place that would turn out some damn good bar food.
The boil is fine if you're looking for a night of eating seafood with your hands, but don't expect a real New Orleans experience. Expect butter and Old Bay and that's about it.
If you want to take shots and eat overpriced food on the Lower East Side, try Vandal. It’s perfect for that.
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Chocolat is a restaurant in Harlem where you can eat some red velvet pancakes or a big serving of shrimp and grits.
District Tap House
District Tap House is a big bar in the Garment District with booths, TV, and booths with their own TVs.
Sea Wolf is a seafood place right off the L train in Bushwick that has a solid Happy Hour and raw bar.
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Dimes is a good little LES restaurant, as long as you’re on a first name basis with the staff. If not, expect to be treated like the stranger you are.
Home Sweet Home
If you need to go out and dance on the Lower East Side, Home Sweet Home is, at this point, a classic option. It's divey, but there's big disco ball.
Hotel Chantelle is where you go when it's your 21st birthday and you need to dance because your internship is totally stressing you out.
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