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Published On 03/18/2015 Published On 03/18/2015
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Feeling thirsty and benevolent? Join up with Bacardi, Bombay, and Grey Goose for Cocktails for a Cause: a charitable program being put on at bars all over town to benefit City Harvest. Head to any one of the 50+ imbibing spots (find 'em on that handy map below) between March 23rd and March 31st and celebrate the $5,000 being donated to the organization that's helped feed New York's neediest since 1982

Here's what you'll be drinking: a trio of specialty numbers, one of which is sure to satisfy your cocktailing preferences. Just look at these three beauts:

Martini

The Grey Goose Martini

Noilly Prat Vermouth, orange bitters, and lemon zest twist up that Grey Goose go-to in this classic cocktail that, contrary to popular belief, can be consumed without wearing a tux. So go ahead and drink this, Mr. Blue Jeans.

Bombay Sapphire Bramble

What do you get when you throw together gin, berry liqueur, fresh blackberry, and a tinge of citrus? Really freakin' happy, that's what. But also: this cocktail.

Old Fashioned
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The Bacardi 8 Old Fashioned

The OId Fashioned gets a fresh take courtesy of BacardĂ­ 8, which makes perfect sense, since rum is older than bourbon, and never goes out of fashion. Now that you know what you're ordering, get those plans in order.

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1. Roosevelt Hotel 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Offering 1,015 elegant and comfortable rooms, the Roosevelt is one of the best hotel stays in the Big Apple. With 30,000sqft of event space (including a pair of ballrooms), and a number of bars and restaurants, the Roosevelt offers luxury, comfort, and convenience.

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2. The Cricketers Arms 57 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

A cricket-enthusiast pub with classic English fare, plenty of oaky accents, and more than a few pints

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3. Revel 10 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

A swanky meatpacking spot with exposed brick patio space (with retracting roof!) and tasty Italian plates

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4. ACME 9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

This Noho bistro headed by Chef Mads Refslund serves up tasty Nordic-meets-American dishes. Plus, there's a kick-ass cocktail club downstairs with Dj's every night after 11pm.

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5. Caviarteria 75 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

This upscale caviar shop triples as a champagne bar, a gourmet food store, and a spot to break in that monocle.

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6. Mike's Bistro 127 E 54th st, New York, NY 10022

This cozy little Italian joint mimics both a traditional Italian eatery and a homey dinner at a friend's. Hint: get the braised duck.

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7. Sinigual 640 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

A contemporary Mexican eatery with a huge menu and a seasonally fueled margarita happy hour

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8. Le Reve 125 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

This combo restaurant and lounge serves up a solid spread of American dishes, including a Crispy Atlantic Salmon with lobster coulis.

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9. Bar-Coastal 1495 1st Ave, New York, NY 10075

An award-winning wing spot in the Upper East Side with tons of weekly events

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10. Melba's 300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026

When you’re craving comfort food, Melba’s is the answer. Melba Wilson learned the tricks of cooking soul food at her aunt's famed eatery Sylvia's, and now her nearby South Harlem staple is equally known for its down-home classics. The fried chicken is a must, especially when served atop eggnog waffles. By day, Melba's is relaxed and homey, but at night, it takes on a whole new lively character. No matter when you go, it always feels like a home-away-from-home, due in no small part to the presence of Melba herself.

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11. Tuttles Bar & Grill 735 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

A two-level bar with a sizable beer garden right in Midtown East with plenty of private event space

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12. Juke Bar 196 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

This tiny East Village bar crams in a ton of neighborhood vibes and a pretty well-crafted cocktail list (the Honeysuckle is solid).

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13. SoHo Room 203 Spring Street , New York, NY 10012

A neighborhood bar/restaurant with a full menu of bar food favorites and beyond, on top of a great beer, wine, and signature cocktail list.

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14. Clyde Frazier's 485 10th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Named for the NY Knicks star athlete, Clyde Frazier's is a sports-themed restaurant/bar with a great wine list and a drool-worthy menu, care of Chef Armando Cortes.

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15. LOCL Bar (NYLO) 2178 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Inside the NYLO Hotel, the LOCL bar is outfitted with a zinc bar and '20s inspired decor. Grab a cocktail and kick back in the piano lounge, sipping to the sound of sweet, sweet music.

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16. Exo Café 70-20 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY 11366

A New York restaurant with European style, Exo Café serves up American food with an international twist, incredible cocktails, and all the craft beer you could ask for.

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17. Pier 25A 215-16 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

A seafood restaurant that serves up the ocean's best with a stiff drink.

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18. Yer Man's 7026 88th St, Glendale, NY 11385

Yer Man's is an Irish pub with open mic nights, great wing specials, and of course beer.

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19. VinoTapa 201 E31St Street, New York, NY 10016

A neighborhood Spanish tapas bar in Murray Hill, serving up tapas with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options along with all the Spanish wine you could ever want.

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20. Blend On The Water 4540 Center Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11109

A Latin fusion restaurant with an amazing view, a ginormous bar, and great Latin cuisine.

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21. Cavo 42-18 31St Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

A Greek restaurant with belly dancing on the weekends and great food & wine all week long.

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22. Viva Toro 188 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A Brooklyn spot with Mexican food & cocktails, and a mechanical bull with a free ride when you order prix fixe.

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23. Two E Bar/Lounge (The Pierre) 2 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065

Once the reading room for the hotel, this lounge becomes an Art Deco bar every night serving modern cocktails, with live Jazz on Tuesdays.

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24. Grey Bar 43 W26th St, New York, NY 10010

A killer place to grab a beer or cocktail in the Flatiron District. Be sure to check out the beer bottle chandelier while taking a swig of your own!

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25. The Harp Raw Bar & Grill 739 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

The Harp Bar is a pub with an Irish theme serving up seafood and stiff drinks.

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26. The Bailey Pub & Brasserie 52 Williams St., New York, NY 10005

A FiDi eatery with a sizable bar and a few signature cocktails caters to the after-work crowd. The menu may serve upscale Brasserie fare but the red upholstered booths and lighting keep the vibe casual.

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27. Analogue 19 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

This isn't just another NYC bar with low lighting and peach-infused Bourbon. Come for the free Jazz, stay for the Prohibition-era vibes and perfectly-crafted cocktails.

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28. Kabooz's Bar and Grille One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119

And you thought there was nothing redeemable about Penn Station. Enjoy some Red Chili Crusted Sea Scallops while you wait for your next train out of the city or console yourself with a classic New York Strip after the Knicks shame you yet again at the Garden.

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29. Baker Street 1152 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065

In the mood for some rugby and a cold beer? Hit up this neighborhood spot to enjoy some less-watched sports this side of the Atlantic along with traditional pub food. The fact that it's named after Sherlock Holmes' street of residence only adds to the across-the-pond ambiance.

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30. Justin Thyme Cafe 171 Grand St, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520

A regular haunt nestled in Westchester County, this American pub-style restaurant boasts quick and friendly service, pet-friendly patio seating, and a wide array of brews and cocktails at their copper-topped bar.

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31. Bistro Z Lounge at the DoubleTree Tarrytown 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Right off the Tappan Zee bridge, this convenient lounge and adjacent restaurant within Tarrytown's Doubletree have been described as "surprisingly good" for anyone who's stopped by for a drink and a bite.

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32. Garage Restaurant & Cafe 99 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Don't judge this place by its website. Judge it by its two story fireplace, daily double doses of live music, and its weekend jazz brunch with unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, and Bloody Marys for $6.

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33. Cowgirl Seahorse 259 Front Street, New York, NY 10038

A quirky, nautical themed-spot near the South Street Seaport, Cowgirl Seahorse serves up southwestern inspired dishes and a mean frozen margarita.

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34. Cowgirl Hall of Fame 519 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014

Cowgirl Hall of Fame has been blessing with West Village with their "Rootin' Tootin' Western Cocktails" since 1989. Grab a Cowsmopolitan and some Rattle Snake Bites and settle in. And for a more nautical vibe, head down to their sister site Cowgirl Seahorse on Front Street.

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35. Public House 140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

With its huge wrap-around bar and close proximity to Grand Central Station, this spacious restaurant and bar is a solid choice for the midtown afterwork crowd, whether to grab one of their signature cocktails or join a friend for dinner.

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36. The Redeye Grill 890 7th Ave, New York, NY 10106

Located in midtown just a few blocks from Central Park, this "updated American classic" restaurant serves up traditional American fare and has a circular sushi, oyster, and cocktail bar which overlooks the dining room. Show up for weekend brunch and try their house-made rhubarb Bloody Mary or the $20 unlimited, endless mimosa deal.

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37. The Flatiron Room 37 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010 (New York)

The Flatiron Room is a relaxed, sophisticated nightspot that supplies a collection of over 750 brown spirits. In addition to carefully crafted libations, patrons can also enjoy a number of small bites (such as oysters, charcuterie, and bone marrow), regular live jazz performances, and a rich, timeless atmosphere.

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38. The Skylark 200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

The Skylark boasts wraparound window-side seating, an amazing roof deck, and mac 'n cheese cupcakes. Yes, mac 'n cheese cupcakes.

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39. Lazy Point 310 Spring St, New York, NY 10013 (Greenwich Village)

This Downtown option rocks top-notch cocktails along with creative food to pair it with. Down a Beaten Gypsy with gin, fresh beet juice, and rosemary, then also-down the Buffalo pork belly and a grilled cheese with white truffle honey mustard, kimchi, aged cheddar, and gruyere.

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40. JIMMY at The James 15 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Inspired by 1970s New York and classic pubs, JIMMY is an intimate rooftop escape with sleek upholstered seating, working fireplaces, and warm wood floors. Located on the roof of The James Hotel in Soho, the bar boasts unparalleled 360-degree views of the city skyline. Grab a chaise lounge poolside in the summer or sip the mezcal, honey, lemon, and smoked sea salt Pure & Simple indoors when the weather turns cold.

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41. Piora 430 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Taking its name from the word "to blossom" in Korean, Piora's menu is a lively mash-up of Italian and Korean cuisines and fittingly features plenty of veggie-centric, farm-fresh fare. Housed in a West Village townhouse, the ground-floor dining room is intimate with 32 seats and great cocktails, and overlooks a beautiful private garden. You’re gonna want to get the signature bucatini with black garlic, Dungeness crab, maitake mushrooms, and chilies.

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42. Brass Monkey 55 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

Just before you hit the Hudson River on Little West 12th, you'll find Brass Monkey, which houses three bars (!) and includes a rooftop beer garden with some views that might take your socks and just knock 'em right off. The beer selection is equally sock knock-offing with 100 domestic, import, and craft drafts + bottles. Hungry? Happy hour, besides sweet drink specials, offers $5 bar snacks including pork scratchings & malt vinegar, roasted bangers & mustard, and fried chorizo with lime crema.

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43. Gaonnuri 1250 Broadway, Fl 39, New York, NY 10001 (Korea Town)

Located on the 39th floor of a towering K-Town skyscraper, Gaonnuri impresses with both killer views and hearty servings. From the elevator you’ll step into a bar area that overlooks Midtown, offering a less-than-familiar look at the Hudson and the Empire State Building. The service is attentive and food is prepared at the table. Try the garlic and soy-soaked short ribs and succulent duck breast, accompanied by standout banchan (basically free side dishes) like kimchi and fermented squid. With jaw-dropping views, premium pricing, and high quality menu items, Gaonnuri is a truly elevated Korean dining experience (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

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45. Forty Eight 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020 (Midtown)

From part of the team behind Time Warner's Stone Rose Lounge, Forty's an airy temple for relaxed-yet-classy swerve-on-ing, located on 48th st, plating a menu of 48 rotating bar snacks, and slinging drinks like...the French Forty Eight; the high ceiling'd,

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46. The Stand 239 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

The Stand's a Gramercy laugh house featuring a top-floor bar/dining area, and brick-walled stage below with a menu full of fried shrimp crusted in crumbled cheddar cheese popcorn, a chicken pot pie "sandwich," and cheeseburger dumplings. Martini Week Specials: from 12p to 2a, get a Grey Goose Martini or a Bombay Sapphire "New Raj" for $12.

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47. Cafe Clover 10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Focused on health and ALSO being delicious, this corner joint worked with a nutritionist to create dishes like cauliflower “steak” with romesco and veggie chutney, roasted oyster with truffle and pickled shallot, and actual, no-air-quotes-necessary steak, with Brussels sprouts and olive oil potato puree.

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48. Red Rooster 310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027 (Harlem)

Marc Samuelsson's Red Rooster is the ultimate in comfort food dining. The all-day Harlem restaurant specializes in Scandinavian-meets-soul-food cooking with dishes like Swedish meatballs (based off Samuelsson's grandmother's recipe), fried yardbird, and shrimp and grits. No matter if it's dinner or brunch, the restaurant is almost always packed with a diverse crowd, including out-of-town visitors and New Yorkers of all neighborhoods looking for an energy-fueled meal out.

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49. Seafire Grill 158 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Seafire Grill celebrates the meat of the sea in a sleekly nautical space with a raw bar, apps like lobster bisque w/ cappuccino foam, and mains from lobster stuffed w/ clams to a Montauk swordfish with a lemon-herb frito.

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50. Sek'end Sun 32-11 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 (Astoria)

If you live in Astoria and have been on the hunt for a neighborhood bar, look no further than Sek'end Sun (pronounced Second Son). The laidback cocktail bar serves riffs on classic drinks, like an amaro Old Fashioned, and seriously good bar bites like chili butter grilled cheese and grilled wings with cilantro, lime, and soy. A giant neon "Queens" sign completes the rustic and industrial decor, proving that the bar scene in the outer boroughs is alive and well.

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51. Trattoria Il Mulino 36 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

Trattoria Il Mulino brings upscale Italian cuisine to the Flatiron district. This more affordable spinoff from Il Mulino is a winner at brunch time: meatball Benedicts, Hangover Pizzas, and Burrata French Toasts await your sleepy Sunday morning taste buds.

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52. Rotisserie Georgette 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022 (Upper East Side)

Rotisserie Georgette is a brand-new opening on the Upper East Side that has everybody's attention. Come here for a warm meal, delicious wine and excellent service.

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53. Pergola 36 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001 (Flatiron)

Pergola's a hookah bar/lounge that's turning up the heat with Mediterranean flare and solid hookah flavor choices.

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54. PS 450 450 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)

This bar, restaurant, and lounge hybrid brings in a wildly diverse crowd, from suit-clad power lunchers to Monday night football fans. Its primary reputation, however, is that of a Murray Hill brunch haven. PS 450 offers unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas, bellinis, Shock Top, and Bud Light as a part of its $45, pre-fixe deal that includes an entree. Daily specials like Tequila and Taco Tuesdays and a Friday night happy hour that runs until 10pm keep the place packed outside those hazy Sunday hours.

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55. David Burke Bloomingdale's 1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown)

Food and fashion, typically adversaries, come together at David Burke Bloomingdale's. The result: nom nom nom. Spanning the entirety of 59th Street, restaurateur David Burke opened this bar/cafe in 2005, satisfying shoppers hungry to pop their belts... not just buy one. Menu items include lobster dumplings, big pretzel paninis, pastrami salmon, and the Warm Country Apple Cappuccino (apple cider / brandy / foamed milk). Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "Not Your Mothers Cosmo" or a Bombay Sapphire "Truffled Gin Gem" with Vermouth for $10 (Note: bar only).

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56. Manhattan Proper 6 Murray St, New York, NY 10007 (Financial District)

Whether you're overdue for a corporate power lunch (and boy are you ever) or just want to sip on some signature cocktails like the Patron Spiked Sangria, Manhattan Proper's where it's at. Besides game-day drink specials all season long they've got a Black & Blue Burger, which takes your standard burger, and electroshocks it sharp cheddar, crumbled blue cheese, and caramelized onions, then steam finishes it in MP Ale. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose La Poire "Pair of Pears" with St. Germain or a Bombay Sapphire "Grand Collins" topped with Grand Marnier for $12.

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57. Croton Reservoir Tavern 108 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 (Hells Kitchen)

Gone, but never forgotten, this joint first surfaced in 2003 as a send-up to a forgotten landmark that used to stand in place of the current New York Public Library and Bryant Park. Bask in the memory of the Fortress Reservoir by gazing at the hand-painted 150 sq foot mural of the reservoir while taking down Maryland crab cakes, roasted chicken pot pie, or their filet mignon cheese steak. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "40th Street Libation" with St. Germain and Chambord or a Bombay Sapphire "Antoine Amedee Tipple" with Peychaud Bitters for $10.

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58. Vander Bar 45th Street, New York, 10017 (Midtown)

In tandem with Roosevelt Hotel's Madison Club, this no muss 'r fuss street level bar offers weekly specials (on top of happy hour) like Stella Mondays -- $6 pints with $4 refills -- and Thirsty Thursdays -- $15 Bud Light pitchers + $5 margs. Martini Week Specials: from 6p to 9p, get a Grey Goose "Fizzy Cosmo" with a splash of La Marca Prosecco or a Bombay Sapphire "London East" with Canton Ginger for $12.

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59. Serafina Broadway at The Dream Hotel 210 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

What do you get when you commission architect extraordinaire David Rockwell to design a restaurant based off of classic Fellini films and traditional Italian cuisine? Try: shimmering murals, spaghetti lights, and a mosaic-tile pizza oven. The oven sure does look nice, but what's baking inside -- fresh flat breads -- is the real draw here. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose Strawberry Basil Martini with Maraschino Liqueur or a Bombay Sapphire Classic Negroni Martini with Sweet Vermouth and Campari for $12.

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60. Brasserie Cognac 1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

Why call this place Brasserie Cognac? Probably seemed like an apt decision seeing as they offer over 100+ varieties of Cognac to pair your meal with. As for the meal, they're serving up French deliciousness in the form of lemon ricotta pancakes for b'fast, filet mignon hamburgers for lunch, and truffle mac 'n cheese for dinner. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "Late Night In Paris" with Green Chartreuse and Maraschino Liqueur or a Bombay Sapphire "Naked Martini" with Canton Ginger Liqueur for $12.

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61. Andrea's 25 North 974 E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, 10543

The latest addition to the Andrea's 25 family, this Mamaroneck Italian joint pairs an exhaustive wine list with 20 years of Italian food expertise.

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62. Radisson Martinique 49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Housed in the historic hotel, this is the perfect bar to grab a classic cocktail and pretend you're in Old New York.

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63. London Lennie's 63-88 Woodhaven Blvd , Rego Park, NY 11374

A top seafood restaurant run by a British family who know something about fish-n-chips -- including a fantastic raw bar.

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64. Forrest Point 970 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Flushing)

Forrest Point is the kind of restaurant that could only exist in a gentrified, hipster neighborhood like Bushwick. The indoor-outdoor spot sits on a triangular block between Forrest St and Flushing Ave; the outdoor patio, gated-in like a city park, seats more than 50 at its mismatching tables, while the interior is decorated to resemble a well-worn dive bar. Expect mezcal cocktails, boilermakers, and milk punch to drink, and comfort food like a cast-iron cheese burger (made with Pat LaFrieda beef) and fish tacos to eat.