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1. Sweetwater Social643 Broadway, New York
2. Salvation Taco145 E 39th St, New York
3. The Happiest Hour121 W 10th St, New York
4. Skinny Dennis152 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
5. Extra Fancy302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
6. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe109 Avenue A, New York
7. The Beach at Dream Downtown355 W 16th St, New York
8. Huertas107 1st Ave, New York
9. El Vez Burrito Bar259 Vesey St, New York
10. Alta Linea180 10th Ave, New York
11. JIMMY at The James15 Thompson St., New York
Sweetwater Social is a Greenwich Village hotspot from an all-star team (Justin Noel of 1534 and Tim Cooper, Shaun Rose, and Udi Vaknin from GoldBar). It's got delectable cocktails inspired by subway stations, a sexy vault-like vibe, and superb game options (foosball, anyone?).
April Bloomfield's all-day restaurant in Midtown is doling out high-end Mexican street food plates in an insanely decorated space. The menu features plenty of traditional and inventive tacos, available three-per-order or as a more formal dinner, and shareable fusion plates like sticky rice tamale and meatballs with manchego cheese. The Murray Hill restaurant is a hit during the after-work hours, especially when the rooftop is open.
Brace yourself: there is no actual happy hour at The Happiest Hour. But don’t fret, the Happiest Burger more than makes up for it, really. The double-patty, double-cheese, California-style burger is better than an In-N-Out Double Double and comes topped with a similar Russian dressing as the West Coast fast-food fave. The bar's resort vibes shine in its cocktail selection, which includes the Frozen Painkiller, a twist on the Tiki classic that pairs rum with crème de Pêche de Vigne liqueur and coconut, lime, and orange juices.
On the corner of Metropolitan and Berry, Skinny Dennis is a straight-up honky tonk bar in Williamsburg. The divey spot has 18 draft beers (most of which are domestic), a variety of whiskey, and a very addicting bourbon-and-brandy frozen coffee creation. Old-school country jams play from a jukebox all night long, and there are often live performances from local bluegrass and country musicians.
Williamsburg's Extra Fancy serves fried, grilled, and raw seafood, like fish & chips and lobster bisque fries, plus a notable secret sauce-topped burger. It's open late -- until 2am every night -- and its special late-night menu will have you covered should you ever get a midnight lobster roll craving. The brick-and-wood interior is reminiscent of a New England seafood shack, albeit a hipster one.
This East Village corner oasis for Caribbean food and rum cocktails is hard to miss, with a yellow painted brick exterior and bright blue storefront leading into a dizzying dining room where pops of red and turquoise abound. Miss Lily's is the place to go for jerk chicken (and salmon, pork, and corn), Jamaican speciality stews with oxtail, curry goat, or vegetables, and sides like charred pineapple slaw and sweet plantains. The island-appropriate cocktails are deceptively strong, and the frozen dark & stormy is a must-order.
On the second floor of the Meatpacking District's Dream Hotel is its outdoor pool and grill, The Beach. Aside from the glass-bottom pool, the deck lounge includes a full-service bar, two private cabanas, and chaise lounges. The indoor/outdoor restaurant serves upscale snack bar food all day long. Luckily, you don't have to be a hotel guest to hit up The Beach -- all-day pool passes are available for purchase, and the restaurant is open to the public.
Executive Chef Jonah Miller is behind this Basque-inspired Spanish spot, which brings a four-course, beverage-paired "menu del dia" to the East Village with eats like pork shoulder w/ turnip and Hudson Canyon tilefish with smoked garlic.
With a few "burritos especiales" and a design your own option, this burrito bar caters to anyone. It's only open on weekdays from 11am-4pm, but really that's all you need to grab a burrito for lunch. But don't neglect the dessert menu: their soft serve ice cream comes in two flavors -- chocolate and horchata (!!). Plus you can top it with fun things like churro stars or candied pepitas.
From the team behind L’Apicio and dell’anima, Alta Linea takes al fresco dining to the next-level in the garden courtyard of the High Line Hotel. The emphasis is on Italian aperitivi, aka pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, so expect an all-Italian wine list, negronis, and aperol spritz. The food menu revolves around small bites like bruschetta, burrata, and grilled vegetables, but there are also a few entrées.
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.