White Mana opened at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, and it feels like it probably hasn’t changed much since it moved to The Heights in 1946. The 24/7, cash-only diner has a bunch of stools centered around a griddle where one guy flattens hamburgers that cost $1.30 each. They’re just a little bigger than sliders, so even if you get a couple bacon double cheeseburgers, you’ll still have room for a side of cheese fries. And because they don’t seem to have changed their prices a whole lot since debuting as “the diner of the future” at the World’s Fair, all of that will cost you less than $10.
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Pasta Dal Cuore
Pasta Dal Cuore is a BYOB Italian spot in Jersey City that serves some very good housemade pastas.
Frankie is an Australian spot in Jersey City where you should go for a burger and natural wine.
The menu at Broa changes often, but we’ve never had a bad dish at this Portuguese BYO spot in Jersey City.
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Jungle Bird is a tropical-themed, two-story cocktail bar in Chelsea. It’s a great spot for groups, and it’s a good alternative to The Tippler.
The Bar At Baccarat Hotel
If you need place in Midtown where you can sit under a chandelier, eat some caviar, and spend up to $450 on a cocktail, try the bar at the Baccarat.
GMT Tavern is a dark bar on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village with sidewalk seating and a solid Happy Hour.
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Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
Bread And Salt
Bread And Salt is a BYOB pizza spot in Jersey City that serves some of our favorite slices around NYC.
Pearl Diner is an old-school diner in FiDi that’s ideal for a very low-key breakfast or lunch.
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