Maybe you heard about some movie star eating at Carbone, or a professional athlete spraying bottles of Champagne at 1OAK. Those are fine and good, but if you want to go to the original NYC celebrity hotspot, sit down next to a family wearing matching fanny packs at Fraunces Tavern. George Washington was here in 1783, and there’s a bunch more history around this big FiDi bar and restaurant, which you can learn in the museum portion of the space. Or you can focus on the 200 types of whiskey, and American food, like bacon-wrapped shrimp with cornbread and crispy fish and chips with thick pub fries.
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Once you get past the prices, the burgers at Zaitzeff are pretty damn enjoyable. While it's not our favorite spot, you could certainly do worse for yourself in the Financial District.
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The Upper East Side location of the casual steakhouse that started in the West Village.
Simon & The Whale
Simon and The Whale is the main restaurant at the Freehand Hotel, and it’s the sort of place where you can eat great food and run into an ex.
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Pier A Harbor House is one of the best dining al fresco restaurants in NYC, complete with a view of the Statue Of Liberty and a massive outdoor/patio situation.
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