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Del Frisco’s Grille- Rock Solid in Rock Center

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  • scene: Steakhouse-light in midtown; big windows, high quality finishes
  • sip: Hard root beer float
  • savor: Crab cakes; steakhouse salad; spinach supreme
  • sit: With anyone work related; with friends who work in the area; by yourself after a shopping spree at Saks
  • spend: $$
  • address: 50 Rockefeller Plaza (51st street)
  • phone number: (212) 767-0371
  • website: www.delfriscosgrille.com

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Jams- A Little Jammed Up

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  • scene: high ceilinged, loft like space with lots of windows; noisy and a little bland
  • sip: Whatever gets you jamming
  • savor: Smoked salmon and caviar pancake; kale salad; chicken (with a side); dessert
  • sit: For a work dinner, wit hpeople visiting and staying in midtown, or with a friend for an after work bite
  • spend: $$
  • address: 1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
  • phone number: (212) 703 2007
  • website: the website is annoying and doesn't give much information; try googling it

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Amata- You just Gotta

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Welcoming and subdued, there are white table-cloths, good lighting and a great bar to sit at
  • sip: Classic drinks or wine
  • savor: baked clams; octopus; lasagna on Sundays; chicken parm
  • sit: With a group from work; with your parents and your significant other; on a date; by yourself at the bar
  • spend: $$
  • address: 209 East 56th Street (3rd and 2nd Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 308-0830
  • website: www.amatanyc.com
Grand Central Oyster Bar

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Grand Central Oyster Bar- A Worthy Classic

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  • scene: Under the sea, under Grand Central; Quintessential old New York
  • sip: There are some wild martinis available, as well more classic options like wine and beer
  • savor: Oysters (duh); Fried clams; Oyster Pan Roast, everything!
  • sit: By yourself; with your parents, from out of town or in town;
  • spend: $$
  • address: Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
  • phone number: (212) 490-6650
  • website: www.oysterbarny.com
Kingside NYC

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Kingside- Not a Joker

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  • scene: Midtown mish-mosh of after-workers, meet for drinkers and out of towners; front room for drinks and bites is always pretty packed, back rooms have warmer, bistro-like feel
  • sip: speciality cocktails, wines, anything
  • savor: crispy artichokes; grilled casear; take your shot
  • sit: For a business dinner; for a catch up with a friend who lives in another part of town; with people visiting and staying in midtown
  • spend: $$
  • address: 124 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th, in the Viceroy, but separate entrance)
  • phone number: (212) 707-8000
  • website: www.kingside-restaurant.com
Villard Michel Richard

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Villard Michel Richard- Glitzy Glammy Fun

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: A setting fit for Marie Antoinette, and one of the most ornate opulent places to be seen in NYC
  • sip: Anything you like at the regal bar; the wine list is sort of huge and the sommelier a little snotty, but there are some gems to be found
  • savor: Crab cakes; cheese puff gougeres; lobster burger
  • sit: Date night here might be tricky- the decoration says " special occasion" but the rest of the vibe is not that formal, so make sure that your dining partner is a)informed and b) not waiting for the ring; business associates; parents from out of town
  • spend: $$
  • address: 455 Madison Avenue (between 50th and 51st)
  • phone number: (212) 891-8100
  • website: www.villardmichelrichard.com

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Bill’s Thrills

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  • scene: Dressed up ski-house chic in midtown; speakeasy and speak lowly
  • sip: Something adult; wine
  • savor: Meat of any kind; raw bar, pasta...
  • sit: Cute place for date night and you can always keep the buzz going downstairs; with parents or people staying in midtown
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 57 East 54th Street (between Mad and Park)
  • phone number: (212( 518-2727
  • website: www.bills54.com

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Il Gattopardo – A Purrrrfect Midtown Date Spot

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  • scene: Exudes coziness while remaining rather traditionally chic; More welcoming in style and attitude than your average midtown staple - meow to that!
  • sip: Italian vino is king on this spot's list
  • savor: Everything looked and sounded amazing, but we can vouch for the braised baby escarole, lasagna, and rigatoni with spicy anduja sausage
  • sit: Not a bad spot in the narrow dining room, but if you are feeling lucky, try to snag a table in the back garden room.
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 33 W 54th St. (btw 5th Ave & Ave of the Americas)
  • phone number: (212) 246-0412
  • website: www.ilgattopardonyc.com