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You’ll want to book a table in advance for the dim sum-style small plates at State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore.
Spice Finch is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse that’s great for everything from a client dinner to drinks at the bar.
The Polynesian is a tiki-themed rooftop cocktail bar in Midtown from the people behind Carbone and The Grill.
The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon. It's a great place for a drink, but the French bistro food is fairly average.
This second location of Sichuan Impression in West LA has the same great Chinese food as the original, with a bigger space.
School Night in Dogpatch is a good spot to go after work with your team for cocktails and good bar food.
Fifth Arrow in Union Square is a bar and bowling alley with pizza that you’ll actually want to eat.
The Beehive is a retro-futuristic bar in the Mission where you can get ’60s-inspired drinks and fondue.
Kasih is an Indonesian restaurant in Little Tokyo that works well for a nice casual dinner you don’t have to plan in advance.
Bar Beau serves good cocktails and shareable small plates in an attractive space in Williamsburg.
Gunpowder Tower Bridge serves the same excellent and inventive Indian sharing plates as their original Spitalfields spot.
Spartina, a casual Italian restaurant on Melrose, is one of West Hollywood’s better backup restaurants.
General Deb’s is a Sichuan restaurant in Bushwick that’s great for a casual date or group dinner in the neighborhood.