Guts & Glory
Morgan & Mees
J.D. William's Whisky Bar
Eddy Spaghetti
Ellis Gourmet Burger
Crazy Kreeft
Craft & Draft
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1. Nevel Westerdoksdijk 40, Amsterdam, 1013 AE

This waterside spot in Westerdok features a menu that focuses on fresh, inventive dishes featuring some unusual cuts of meat and “forgotten vegetables” -- like cod with Jerusalem artichoke and kale in a roasted-fishbone sauce.

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2. Guts & Glory Utrechtsestraat 6, Amsterdam, 1017VN

This Utrechtsestraat resto is all about the chicken, or whatever the flavor of the half-year is. Every six month, the menu will shift to a different animal being served, and the preparations will always be different and delicious.

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3. Closure Rozengracht 133, Amsterdam, 1016 LV

The goal of this dark, boxy, Jordaan nightclub is to create an “intimate” atmosphere for a crowd of 700 with a steady line-up of turntable talent.

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4. Eddy Spaghetti Krugerplein 23, Amsterdam, 1092 KA

The theme at this Transvaalbuurt resto/bar is Italian pastas, but many people also buzz about the long list of G&Ts and the €6.50 Prosecco cocktails.

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5. Restaurant Adam Overtoom 515a, Amsterdam, 1054 LH

Located in Overtoom, Adam has a French soul, through and through from the long wine list to the brick and backlit-wood décor to menu classics like the steak tartar with quail egg, pickle, and crispy onions, or the veal cheek with lentils and rutabaga in a bay leaf sauce.

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6. Frits Burgers & Beer Jan Evertsenstraat 135, Amsterdam, 1057 BV

We had you at “burgers & beer,” right? This dark and atmospheric den with carefully placed lighting lends the tried and true combo a little extra je ne sais quois. It's the perfect date spot -- also because, if your date isn't into the menu here, you might want to just call it there.

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7. Morgan & Mees 2e Hugo de Grootstraat 2-6, Amsterdam, 1052LC

This Oud West hotel restaurant impresses with its black-and-white stylings and minimalistic, modern bar. Expect French-style fare (from sea bass ceviche to sandwiches), and expect it to be tasty. Plus plenty of French, German, Spanish, and Italian wines to choose from.

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8. Tingis Clercqstraat 75, Amsterdam, 1053AE

Opened on New Year's day in 2015, this Kinkerbuurt spot features Moroccan fare that's both classic and familiar, focusing on traditional flavors rather than trends.

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9. J.D. William's Whisky Bar Prinsenstraat 5, , 9880

JD William's looks like a Brooklyn bar without seeming to try (hey, that indoor graffiti and crumbling brick could be authentic). More importantly, it pours not only a full range of whiskies but also a specially crafted whisky cocktail menu. AND it serves the perfect whiskey foods on the side, including bourbon-glazed ribs and sweet potato fries.

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10. Ellis Gourmet Burger Prinsengracht 422, Amsterdam, 1015 DW

Part of a Belgian chain, Ellis doesn't disappoint out of country. The meal is served sit-down style, and the menu goes way beyond beef, offering up patties of everything from portobello mushrooms to chicken and salmon or even beef with duck liver.

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11. Craft & Draft Overtoom 417, Amsterdam, 1054 JR

This Overtoom beer bar has a TON of taps (40) with a killer selection and lots of local love. Find something you like? This spot's also a shop, so grab some bottles (or growlers) to go.