Look, you can’t just sit in your apartment listening to Justin Bieber’s Purpose on repeat, and lucky for you, there are plenty of reasons to get out and do other things -- like eating and drinking at these new bars and restaurants that opened in NYC this month, all of which demand your full attention.

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Bunk Sandwiches

Williamsburg

Portland fave Bunk Sandwiches is now open in Williamsburg, offering all-day breakfast sandwiches and lunch/dinner options like the famed pork belly Cubano (which makes the case for all Cubanos to feature pork belly in lieu of roasted pork). It'll have rotating specials (the current ones are the roast turkey with sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce, and the salt cod sandwich), as well as a solid tap list. 

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Quality Eats

West Village

Michael Stillman’s first Downtown spot aims to be a modern, everyday steakhouse, and succeeds with lesser-known, affordable, and GOOD cuts like bone short rib, top sirloin-culotte, and bavette steak and a wooden bar etched with doodle-like designs and phrases like “Eat me.” It's also offering a $40 “Wine Stack” program, which allows you to be indecisive with your wine choice, by picking up to three different bottles which are then put into separate glass chambers and stacked on top of each other to form a regular wine bottle.

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Eli's Night Shift

Upper East Side

Eli Zabar has teamed up with his son Oliver for this new craft beer bar & restaurant that’s clearly catered to the younger set,  which... is a difficult thing to try to swing on the Upper East Side. But the duo is off to a solid start with a rotating craft beer selection (with a focus on local breweries), shandies, wines, and craft cocktails like the Eli's Death Punch with rum, black tea, pineapple, lemon, and milk. Plus pastrami, because Zabar's.

Courtesy of Ka-Man Tse

Pizza Moto

Red Hook

Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg’s beloved wood-fired pizza purveyor finally has a brick-and-mortar shop in Red Hook, and it’s offering lots of impressive pies, like one with green tomato salsa, jalapeño, fontina, mozzarella, and pecorino, and another with bacon fat and rosemary that will quickly make you forget about how you probably shouldn't be eating bacon. It’s also got a number of smaller (and larger) plates available, like lazanki (rye pasta with country ham, mushrooms, sauerkraut, and egg) and fried broccoli.

Courtesy of Evan Sung

Lowlife

Lower East Side

From Chef Alex Leonard (formerly of Blanca) and Hugh Crickmore of Mas (farmhouse), this LES newcomer focuses on seasonal ingredients and culinary techniques from Japan, seen in dishes like the chicken yakitori -- which, for transparency, is $54 for a whole portion, because you are not living the lowlife at Lowlife. But that doesn't mean the entire menu is not for the faint-of-wallet -- there are a number of equally impressive, lower-priced items, like the borscht with trout roe and raw cream, and the herring and sardines with pine nuts and chimichurri.

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Mr. Purple

Lower East Side

The LES’s new Hotel Indigo’s 15th floor rooftop bar/restaurant offers TWO terraces -- one on the east side that’s smaller and more intimate; the other on the west side, spanning 5,000sqft with a pool, bar, and seating. It also boasts a menu featuring iconic New York staples like Russ & Daughters and 2nd Ave Deli, because corned beef on rye on a rooftop is really just the dream. For drinks, you’re looking at craft beers and wine, as well as a number of classic and speciality cocktails (like the punch-style Mr. Purple with tequila, cranberry liqueur, allspice dram, apple, and lemon).

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1. Bunk Sandwiches 740 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Williamsburg outpost of Portland fave Bunk Sandwiches offers all-day breakfast sandwiches and lunch/dinner options like the famed pork belly Cubano (which makes the case for all Cubanos to feature pork belly in lieu of roasted pork). It has rotating specials, a solid tap list, fast counter service, and a daily happy hour that brings the already reasonable prices even lower.

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2. Quality Eats 19 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Michael Stillman's Quality Meats spin-off in the West Village offers great affordable steaks (all under $29!) and fun plays on standard steakhouse sides, like creamed spinach hush puppies. The"Wine Stack" program allows you to choose three wines that'll each be stacked, in separate glass chambers, to form one bottle. If you can't get a dinner res, try going for lunch during the week for one of the steak sandwiches.

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3. Eli's Night Shift 189 E 79th St, New York, NY

From the craft of Eli Zabar -- baker/grocer/businessman -- comes this father-son, late-night craft beer restaurant and bar. The Night Shift boasts rotating brews, shandies, wines, and other creative cocktails all alongside impressive bar bites (think avocado toast, pastrami on rye, and sourdough grilled cheese).

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4. Pizza Moto 338 Hamilton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Creative, Neapolitan pies are served at this mobile-turned-brick-and-mortar pizzeria, with toppings such as green tomato salsa, bacon fat, and jalapeño.

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5. Lowlife 178 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

From Chef Alex Leonard (formerly of Blanca) and Hugh Crickmore of Mas (farmhouse), this LES newcomer focuses on seasonal ingredients and culinary techniques from Japan, seen in dishes like the chicken yakitori -- which, for transparency, is $54 for a whole portion, because you are not living the lowlife at Lowlife. But that doesn't mean the entire menu is not for the faint-of-wallet -- there are a number of equally impressive, lower-priced items, like the borscht with trout roe and raw cream, and the herring and sardines with pine nuts and chimichurri.

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6. Mr. Purple 180 Orchard St, New York, NY (Lower East Side)

Located in the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar with an interior that's both upscale and cozy, and a menu focused on new twists on classic bar food. Behind their bar you'll find regional craft brews, an extensive wine list, and unique cocktail offerings. There's a breathtaking view of the city from every seat in the bar, and in the warmer months, you can head out to the patio for a dip in the pool.

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