No offense to New Jersey, but even the few spots that are right on the water in Manhattan are just looking out on, well, New Jersey. The waterfront in Jersey City, on the other hand, has unimpeded views of the Manhattan skyline, and no place has a better vantage point than Battello. That makes this Italian-leaning spot popular for private events and business dinners, but if you’re not looking to commit to mushroom-crusted wagyu or $36 scallops, it’s also an impressive place to meet someone for drinks and an excellent burger at the bar.
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Head to Skinner’s Loft when you’re looking for rooftop drinks in Downtown Jersey City.
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15 Fox Place serves a $95 set menu of filling Italian-American food inside a private house in Jersey City.
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Few restaurants in this city feel as alive as Red Rooster in Harlem - the atmosphere is incredible.
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The Upper East Side location of the casual steakhouse that started in the West Village.
Butcher Bar is a decent barbecue restaurant in Astoria that works for a casual weeknight dinner.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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