When you need a place for a last-minute business dinner near Bryant Park, Paloma at Hotel Hendrix is one of your best options. This spot from the chef behind Scampi and The Spaniard serves Central and South American food, and while none of it will make it into tomorrow’s follow-up emails, things like shrimp in a bowl of garlicky jus and short rib al pastor with pineapple chutney are less overpriced and more interesting than what you’ll find at many other places nearby. The one aspect of this place that does feel special, at least for the neighborhood, is the casual backyard, where you can eat surrounded by fountains, hanging lights, and colorful murals.
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Sons of Thunder
We can’t name many poké places in Midtown that also have soft serve and hot dogs. But Sons of Thunder is one.
Winnie’s Lobby Bar
Winnie’s is a little cocktail bar just off the lobby of the Refinery Hotel, and it’s a good spot for a drink with someone who likes live jazz.
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Mr. Purple is the restaurant/bar on top of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. It’s a good place to grab a drink with a group, but it does get busy.
If you’re looking to drink truly excellent beer and have some very good food with it, Tørst is one of your best options in the city.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
Scampi is a seafood-focused Italian restaurant in Flatiron with a great space and less-great food.
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