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307 Third Avenue (Between 23rd & 24th Streets)
(212) 725 4766 // www.taproom307.com

This Gramercy beer/sports pub/bar has nice stuff going for it one might not spot at
first viewing. It's boisteous most nights and a game is always on the televisions for
sure. Too, it's all pretty olde New York fare in style offering a fun time with affrodable
comfort foods like aurugala-topped pizza, chicken liver mousse, salads and burgers to spare.
The bar is long, dark wood with 40 beers on tap including: Allagash White and Sixpoint Sweet
Action. The taps are busy and rotating non-stop. Check the chalkboard scribble over the bar for
available brews. Elevated banquettes, communal tables and the flat screens allow a cozy sports
bar life. Beer labels adorn the walls. It's New York and it's all good. 

Tavern on the Green awning  Tavern on the Green
  Central Park at West 68th Street
  (212) 877 TOTG (8684) / www.tavernonthegreen.com

  A Manhattan landmark has reopened after four years.
  And, Central Park has a rather new spot for dining.

  The restaurant is located in New York City's Central Park off Central Park West at West   67th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was originally the sheepfold that housed the sheep that grazed Sheep Meadow,

   After being shuttered four years ago, Tavern on the Green has been restored to its original      1930s footprint.It has a larger courtyard for more   outdoor seating and a walk-up snack bar.
 Officials praised the project and said the reopening is a great moment for the city.
"The walls have come down, and we've become one with the park," said restaurateur Jim Caiola.
"There's clearly been love and effort devoted to the restoration of the building and what Jim and David did on the beautiful interior," said executive chef Katy Sparks. "It's all built from the ground up." The restaurant has started serving dinner. It will begin its full lunch and brunch menu on Mother's Day weekend.

Tavern on the Green - reopening

 

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Campbell Apartment

Grand Central Station
 
A hidden icon. Formerly the private office and salon of 1920's tycoon, John W. Campbell; The Campbell Apartment has been fully restored to its original splendor -- and reborn as a chic cocktail lounge that has already been cited in the national media as one of "the best bars in America".

The Apartment is open Monday-Saturday from 3pm to 1am, Sunday from 3pm to midnight, and is always available for private parties.

Proper attire (no baseball caps, t-shirts, athletic shoes, etc.) is required.

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120 West 51st Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenues)
(212) 246 0154 / www.thecapitalgrille.com

The Capital Grille is nationally acclaimed for their dry-aged steak selections, fresh seafood
and extensive, award-winning wine list, all presented with professional, attentive service in
an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

The Capital Grille interior

 

 

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18 Ninth Avenue (On the corner of West 13th Street)
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Located in the heart of the nightlife hub of New York City, the Meatpacking District,
The Chester is an American eatery and bar, serving inspired takes on traditional
American food. Conveniently located at Gansevoort Hotel, The Chester is designed
to bring guests together anytime of day with a breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and a
late-night bites menu. With a vibrant bar scene and a lively dining area, The Chester
pops against the busy background of Meatpacking.


The Chester - interior

 

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165 West 4th Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenues)
(212) 206 8959 / www.thefourfacedliarpub.com

                              The Four-Faced Liar is a 'downtown Irish' pub located in the heart of Greenwich Village  in New
                              York City located on the picturesque block of West 4th St., between Sixth & Seventh Avenues,

A haven for Irish ex-pats and West Village locals, the Four-Faced Liar is unpretentious and welcoming.
The traditional pub strives to be what the Irish refer to as your 'local,' the place where the bartenders
know your name and your drink and other patrons recognize you. It's a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Entering the landmark historic building, with its tin ceiling and the inviting glow of the lighting, there is a sense
of an earlier era, while the eclectic music and absence of shamrocks, blarney, and kitsch signify an update of
standard Irish joints with rustic warmth reminiscent of country pubs the staff recall from Ireland. Good, affordable food.

 

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360 Park Avenue South (Between 25th & 26th Streets -- Flatiron District)
(212) 951 7111 / www.thehurricaneclub.com 

A sprawling, hilarious restaurant that evokes the style and hubris of Trader Vic’s while improving on its food.
By no means for everyone - a crowded dining hall hidden behind billowing white curtains as if it were a nightclub,
staffed by waiters in “Casablanca & quot;- style white dinner jackets who serve large parties of people drinking
from hollowed-out watermelons and coconuts. It is also very loud. But the food is close to reliably good, a menu of
sticky, sweet, fried and wok-tossed dishes of high flavor if low spice, which the owner, Michael Stillman, calls faux
Polynesian. Naturally, there is a pu pu platter on the menu, recognizable to anyone who spent time  eating at tiki-themed
restaurants on suburban hilltops from coast to coast. — courtesy: Sam Sifton/NY Times 

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THE MONKEY BAR 

60 East 54th Street (near Park Avenue in Hotel Elysee)
(212) 288 1010 // www.monkeybarny.com

This 76 year old dinosaur, purchased and rebranded by Vanity Fair publishing magnet Graydon Carter
(with Ed Sorel) in 2009, attracts upper elites like major ball team owners, the heads of Dreamworks, the
Yankees, fashion icons like Marc Jacobs, etc. The surprise is that there are few places left like this gem
today. Under Carter's reign, it's found a place among the chicest power canteens. When things slowed,
Carter tapped Ken Friedman to turn it all around. Alas, the force
behind the Spotted Pig, the Breslin
and the John Dory Oyster Bar started a whole new buzz. The brilliant
restaurateur, who is serioulsy adept
at fusing
imaginative dishes with a chic scene and started networking. 
Enter new chef, Tom Colicchio's longtime Craft lieutenant Damon Wise, and star sommelier, Belinda Chang 
(James Beard Award winner) who left the Modern and is now manager here. New matre d' -host Michael Bailey
(Michael's), was also a real catch, as was head bartender, Julie Reiner of Clover Club and Lani Kai.With such 
high-voltage players in place, the Monkey Bar segued full steam ahead and is now clearly jumping full-throttle!

 Awesome delights.The wine is flawless. Desserts (by Victoria Nguyen) are luxurious.

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Odeon entrance

145 west Broadway (Between Duane & Thompson Streets) 
(212) 233 0507 / www.theodeonrestaurant.com

A relic from the days of wind and Warhol! It's still teeming with good food like auromatic steaks, great salds and sides.
Credited as a  pioneer in TriBeCa (sorry Mr. DeNiro, they got here first!), this hipster downtown daddy hip was a famed
stomping ground for the likes of good old Mr. Warhol and Basquiat when it opened about thirty years ago. Today, the
art-deco bar still pulls
a large crowd of mostly Wall Street guys and gals - and knowing tourists to this local landmark.
It's had its problems - and survived. And -
It's earned its notch on the must-see downtown scene. 

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56 Ninth Avenue (Near West 15th Street)
Reservations/information: (212) 242 9040 / www.theoldhomesteadsteakhouse,com

The definitive old-school Meatpacking District steakhouse, complete with a tacky cow sculpture out front.
The now-shopworn Old Homestead has seen better days. But it still serves up some of the best steaks in
town and the experience is inimitable. Who knows, with the resurgence of this neighborhood as a destination
for diners and revelers, the Old Homestead may soon be rewarded for hanging on all these years.
Old Homestead was one of the first American steakhouses to serve Japan's fabled Kobe beef

 

The Orchard House

146 Orchard Street (at Rivington Street)
(212) 777 8600
www.theorchard.com

Yes, real shoes dangle from the celing here on this terrific lower east side eatery.
Lots of shoes ...  swinging from the ceiling at this cleverly casual spot with loud Shepard-Fairey designed wallpaper
psoradically on the otherwise wooden and earth-toned walls. But the food is the thing. The warm spinach spread is delicious
even without its accompanying toasts. The clam chowder is particularly inviting; muscles and root vegetables savor in warm
broth diced with  English curry - and is highly recommended.

Also recommended: Perfectly al dente gnocchi basking in a creamy ricotta sauce with ultra-Brussels sprouts.Yes!

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