The Best Gastropubs In NYC

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Bars are as bountiful as Starbucks in New York City, but there are a few that raise their drinks — and their dishes — to an art form. So don’t just settle for a slice (or two) of $1 pizza! Instead, hit these crowd-pleasing gastropubs, where the scene is chill and the food is four stars; we're for any place that encourages a burger, fries, and a cold beer on tap. Seriously, what else could you possibly want in a night out?
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Pier A Harbor House
New Yorkers are big fans of a good view, which means, in the summer, finding a rooftop to drink on can lead to waits that would rival the newest dessert mash-up. And while we'll never knock a good rooftop tipple, not all views have to be bird's eye to be enjoyable. At Pier A, outdoor seating means sweeping views of the tip of Manhattan, including Lady Liberty herself. Enjoy a few beers and light bites (a pretzel or two is great for a hungry group) and toast the return of warm weather in style.

Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place (in Battery Park); 212-785-0153.
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Bronx Alehouse
Looking for a place where your beer geek tendencies are respected? Look no further than Bronx Alehouse, where the constantly curated list of beers on tap are tracked, in real time, on their website. If that IPA you've been eyeing is getting below 25% full, consider hoping on the 1 train for a trip up to Knightsbridge in the Bronx for a pint. Beers aside, you can also order the stick-to-your-ribs pup fare we love. One regular even claims they serve the best nachos in town.

Bronx Alehouse, 216 W 238th Street (at John M. Collins Place); 718-601-0204.
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If gastropubs have you imagining burgers and fries, pay a visit to Jeepney. Here, its hearty bar food via Manila, with bold, Filipino flavors on full display. Roasted bone marrow comes with garlic rice, and ribs are flavored with spiced banana ketchup. Filipino beer is available cold and in bottles, with several local brews on tap. But what Jeepney is really known for is its tiki drinks, including large-format cocktails great for sharking, like the Pinay Colada, perfect for two and served in a whole pineapple. And yes, there's a burger on the menu — a damned fine one, too.

Jeepney, 201 1st Avenue (at 12th Street); 212-533-4121.
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The Winslow
A little out of place amongst East Village bars with lines of newly-minted 21-year-olds looking for cheap drinks, The Winslow is just a tad classier than some of its neighbors. The menu is inspired British-fare: crumpets with braised Moroccan lamb, duck confit, or house-smoked salmon; chicken foie terrines; lamb carpaccio with mint and mache; and a fancy, gin-centric cocktail menu. The experience will be nice enough to call it a night after indulging in all the tasty eats, drinks, and DJ’d music — no need to commence a night of bar-hopping afterwards. But, in the event that you do (these things happen), you can always hit The Winslow again the next day and nurse that gnarly hangover with Bloody Marys and a dang good brunch.

The Winslow, 243 E 14th Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenue); 212-777-7717.
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The Queens Kickshaw
Here, even the basic options — say the grilled cheeses — are anything but ordinary (try the melted gouda with pickled jalapeños and black hummus). If you’re interested in something more esoteric (and mind-blowing), go with the cold-poached eggs starter, plated with creamy potato, drops of miso butter, and dotted with pickled mustard seeds. Then, ease into the mac 'n' cheese, which is baked with smoked mozzarella, gouda, and broccoli Not to mention their extensive beer menu, that’ll keep you coming back over and over (even if it requires a serious schlep on the R train).

The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway (between Steinway and 41st Street); 718-777-0913.
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Ear Inn

New York is always reinventing itself, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the Ear Inn. The building started life in the late 1700s as the home of James Brown, an African aide to George Washington. It's since been a restaurant, brothel, and speakeasy. In the 1970s, it finally got a name (the neon sign that said "BAR" was switched to "EAR") and opened it's doors up to female patrons. These days, you can enjoy traditional pub fare like burgers, as well as more refined dishes like a quiche of the day or smoked salmon — something that would probably surprise the generations of sailors who bellied up to the bar here in years past.

Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street (Between Washington And Greenwich Street); 212-226-9060.
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Nurnberger Bierhaus
If your only association with Staten Island is the Sex And The City episode where Carrie judges a hottest firefighter competition, get on the ferry (it's free!) and get exploring. And while you're there, you'll need to try Nurnberger Bierhaus's burger, a hidden treasure of NYC's least-populous borough. Served on a pretzel bun and topped with fried onions, it's best washed down with one of the German beers on tap.

Nurnberger Bierhaus, 817 Castleton Ave (between Pelton and Davis Ave); 718-816-7461.
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Tryon Public House
Even Manhattanites who consider themselves uptowners may go years without wandering up to Inwood. If they did, they may be surprised to see a mini restaurant renaissance going mostly undetected by people living south of the GW Bridge. Tryon Public House is just one of the latest arrivals on the scene. Here, locals (as well as hungry visitors to the Cloisters) have been enjoying burgers and beers since 2014. Regulars rave about the truffle burger in particular, as well as the extensive beer list.

Tryon Public House, 4740 Broadway (at Thayer Street); 646-918-7129.
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The Dog and Duck
Sunnyside, Queens, first gastropub, the Dog and Duck's elevated fare, live music, and garden space have been delighting locals for going on seven years. The Irish-inspired menu includes classics like shepherd's pie and fish and chips, but if your eye keeps wandering back to the stuffed burger with jalapeño and cheddar cheese, there's a reason. Accept your destiny, and order it.

The Dog and Duck,
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Stone Street Tavern
For those of you yet to experience Stone Street in Manhattan's Financial District, there's no day like today. Tucked off the beaten cobbled path lies Stone Street Tavern, a darkly wooden and comforting bar space — that serves up even more comforting bar fare. Try the penne mac n' cheese or the burger with truffle fries (as all fries should be). And of course be sure to wash all that down with a cold brew.

Stone Street Tavern, 52 Stone Street (between Hanover Square and Coenties Alley); 212-785-5658.
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A Vietnamese gastropub in cozy Park Slope exists. And it's good. Served in a casual-comfy setting, Bricolage boasts an impressive cocktail menu on top of their elevated bar fare. Try the papaya salad or an order of the Banh Canh noodles. And if you're feeling especially bold, there's always a spicy pig ear to be had.

Bricolage, 162 5th Avenue (between Douglass and Degraw Street) in Brooklyn; 718-230-1835.
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Prime Meats
Run by the same duo behind beloved BK Italian spot, Frankies, Prime Meats achieves gastropub meets German steakhouse. And it's just as fantastic as you might imagine it to be. Park it in the wooden-boothed bar area or snag a table in the back dining room — regardless of where you sit, the fare is hardy and the brews are full and frosty. Whatever you do, be sure to order the PM Burger with Creekstone certified black angus,fermented dill pickles, and hand-cut fries with the add-on of blue cheese.

Prime Meats, 465 Court Street (at Luquer Street); 718-254-0327.
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Sea Witch Tavern
This under-the-sea-themed Park Slope bar is swimming in funky-fresh vibes. Not only does the back patio house a koi pond, but the eats at this joint take boring bar food to an eclectic mix of street noshery. Ranging from kielbasa with kraut, pork schnitzel, fish tacos, to burgers, fries, and much more, Sea Witch knows what up to wash down with your next cold brew.

Sea Witch Tavern, 703 5th Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Street) in Brooklyn; 347-227-7166.
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The Ugly Duckling
This Cobble Hill gastropub serves up comfort fare with flair in a quaint wood-bar setting. With an extensive beer list and boasted about chicken and waffles dish, the meals here are anything but ugly. Don't skip the brunch menu — it's tailored to perfection and features a mean smoked salmon Benedict.

The Ugly Duckling, 166 Smith Street (at Bergen Street) in Brooklyn; 718-451-3825.
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Dirty Pierre
Dirty Pierre is one of those spots you could call a definite "diamond in the rough" (heavy quotes). It's a tiny gastropub in Forest Hills that just so happens to have fantastic service with even better fare. Try the cheesy French onion soup or the "famous" 1/2 pound burger on an toasty English Muffin bun. The menu spans from French to American and even a few Mexican offerings too (shrimp quesadilla, anyone?).

Dirty Pierre, 13 Station Square (at Continental Avenue); 718-830-9698.
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Long Island Bar
This Brooklyn Height's historic bar has been updated with satisfyingly retro-chic touches. The interior is warm and funky and so is the gastropub fare. Order the buffalo-fried cauliflower, or trout roe and rye crackers, and wash it all down with a Long Island Gimlet.

Long Island Bar, 110 Atlantic Avenue (at Henry Street) in Brooklyn; 718-625-8908.
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Rock & Reilly's
Situated on top of the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown, Rock & Reilly's offers up sky high rustic-industrial vibes. With classic Irish pub fare and a few wackier options (ahem, cheeseburger spring rolls), this unexpected spot will give you all the sports bar feels with a dash of quirky personality and tasty dishes to boot.

Rock &Reilly, 218 West 35th Street (at 7th Avenue); 646-850-2850.
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A low key Nolita bar dishing out delicious brunch and dinner fare in addition to some fabulous spirits (Aperol spritz, anyone?), YN is the spot to frequent on any lazy Sunday. The made-to-order cocktails and smooth craft beers pair up perfectly with the waffle sandwich or homemade kettle chips.

YN, 227 Mott Street (between Prince and Spring Streets); 212-226-3330.
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Gottino is on the quainter end of the gastropub spectrum. Serving up superb small plates and quality Italian wines by the glass, this evening destination is a lovely surprise. Stop by to try their delectable fig and ricotta crostini drizzled with honey and almond slivers — and stay for a relaxing evening with a comfortable price tag attached.

Gottino, 52 Greenwich Avenue (between 6th and 11th Avenue); 212- 633-2590.
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The Sparrow Tavern
The Sparrow Tavern is an ideal spot to have your first gastropub experience. Upon first glance, you may not expect much, but rest assured that it will definitely exceed all expectations. Thanks to its delicious bar food, to-die-for drinks, and buzzy crowd, this divine dive is truly a hidden gem.

The Sparrow Tavern, 24-01 29th Street, ( at 24th Avenue); 718-606-2260.
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Henry Public
Henry Public is your one stop spot for a true BK gastropub. This Cobble Hill saloon exudes some major swanky, old school vibes — with wooden decor and cozy corner tables. If you're stopping by for beers after work, you may as well order up their famous turkey leg sandwich or marrow bones with toast (for good form).

Henry Public, 329 Henry Street (at Pacific Street) in Brooklyn; 718-852-8630.
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As the moniker suggests, the bar has a Norse theme going on. The selection of craft beer is enormous, and the atmosphere encourages hanging around for a while and trying as many as you can — just use your Viking strength. If you get hungry, there is really solid drunk food of nachos, chicken fingers, fried pickles, and so on.

Valhalla, 815 Ninth Avenue (at 54th Street); 212-757-2747
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The Crooked Knife
Here’s a place everyone can agree on. There’s plenty of space, the happy hours specials are awesome, the locations are uber convenient, and the food is next-level bar food. There is the solid greasy stuff, as well as English stuff like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Maybe it could be your gang’s Cheers?

The Crooked Knife, 232 West 14th Street (between Eighth and Seventh Avenues); 212-929-4534, and 20 East 30th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues); 212-696-2593
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A lot of places call themselves Irish pubs, but this one is actually run by three lads from the Emerald Isle. They bake Irish soda bread daily and match it with homemade butter, in standards like a Guiness beef stew and fingerling potatoes. Aside from the big G, though, the beer list is surprisingly stocked with American brews.

Hartley’s, 14 Putnam Avenue (between Grand Avenue and Downing Street); 347-799-2877
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Sincerely Burger
The folks behind beloved local spot Dear Bushwick closed down and rebranded as Sincerely Burger. No surprise here, the focus is burgers (with fish and veggie patty options), but the accoutrements deserve special attention. The disco fries come with oxtail gravy, for example, and there are a handful of alcoholic milkshakes for only $6.

Sincerely Burger, 41 Wilson Avenue (at Melrose Street), Bushwick; 929-234-2344
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Bar Bacon
Bacon trend won’t die, and it had better not. With a name like this, you can indeed expect pork to find its way into almost every dish, with fun ideas like a beer and bacon flight. There are even bacon-infused liquors in the cocktails. You could see it as kind of shticky, or just kind of delicious.

Bar Bacon, 836 Ninth Avenue (between 54th and 55th Streets); 646-362-0622.
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A decent place to eat near Penn Station? Will wonders never cease. Haymaker has a gigantic beer list, with 20 ales on tap and another 10 waiting in the wings but still on your menu (a great way to get you to come back). The eats are like an even better version of bar food: wings in a sweet lime chili sauce, or “bacon wrapped bacon,” pork belly in a bourbon maple glaze.

Haymaker, 252 W. 29th Street (between Eighth and Seventh Avenues); 646-429-8237.
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This Brooklyn spot has all the makings of a typical gastropub — the ambience is rustic, inviting, and pub-like with wooden floors, booths, and a bar. But the menu itself is where the refreshing twist on the dining genre comes into play. In addition to the classic burgers and chips, Vekslers is also serving up some majorly delicious Asian-American fare. Its fusion fare (pork buns, scallion pancakes, kale Caesar with peanuts, and even some General Tso's chicken) is sure to delight.

Vekslers, 521 Hicks Street (at Degraw Street); 718-534-5498.
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Bar Sardine
Nestled within the cozy streets of NYC's West Village, Bar Sardine is much more than your average watering hole. The close quarters keep this space intimate with a retro-chic finish for hip vibes all around. Come for the cool craft cocktails and stay for the insanely delicious Fedora Burger (smoked cheddar, crispy potatoes, cucumbers and BBQ mayo)— oh, and the soy and black garlic deviled eggs!

Bar Sardine, 183 W. 10th Street (at the corner of W. 4th Street); 646-360-3705.
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Black Tap
Can a place this cool actually deliver a good burger? It sure can. The all-black-everything decor and hip locations can’t detract from the eleven different burger offerings (a Middle Eastern option with feta and hummus!) and yummy shakes. The craft beers on tap feature local brews from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Black Tap, 529 Broome Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets); (917) 639-3089, and 248 W. 14th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues); (212) 675-7236.
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The Malt House
Don’t overthink the venue for happy-hour drinks with coworkers. This neighborhood staple offers up several $4 beer options and $3 short rib sliders from 4-7pm, and the large space allows for even the most reticent, party-poopin’ colleagues to sit down. Blessedly, Malt House opened a second location in the Financial District, which is in perpetual need of new bars.

The Malt House, 206 Thompson Street (between Bleecker and 3rd Streets); (212) 228-7713, and 9 Maiden Lane (between Broadway and Nassau Streets); (646) 682-7577.
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Rose’s Bar & Grill
Anyone who’s ventured out to see a show or game at the Barclays Center knows that the surrounding food scene still hasn’t quite caught up to the needs of all those spectators. Rose’s aims to fill that gap. Opened up in Franny’s former space (and by the same owners), the menu boasts solid comfort foods, including what may be the best burger in the borough.

Rose’s Bar & Grill, 295 Flatbush Avenue (between St. Mark’s Avenue and Prospect Place); (718) 230-0427
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Royale is the kind of place you want to keep all for yourself. Hidden away on Avenue C, the divey exterior belies the delicious burgers that await within, as well as the beautiful back patio. The $4 beers during happy hour though? That’s one dive hold-out you can allow.

Royale, 157 Avenue C (at 10th Street); 212-254-6600.
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Boulton and Watt
This corner spot is named after the two Brits who produced steam engines during the Industrial Revolution, and the space does indeed feel like you’re grabbing a brew with factory coworkers at the turn of the last century. The menu isn’t only heavy Anglo fare, however. There’s veggie-centric options like a quinoa salad with baby kale, eggplant meatballs, and a side of artichoke hearts.

Boulton and Watt, 5 Avenue A (at 1st Street); 646-490-6004.
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Beecher’s Cellar
Located beneath Beecher’s cheese shop, the Cellar is where they age the cheeses and delight patrons with dairy, dairy, and more dairy. There’s so much more than mac and cheese and cheese boards, though: try the interesting, flavorful dishes like a kale salad with rhubarb and pistachio, or the steak with avocado and radish.

Beecher’s Cellar, 900 Broadway (between 19th and 20th streets); 212- 466-3340.
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The Jeffrey
If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of the Queensboro Bridge (it happens), hightail it to The Jeffrey, a welcome escape from the fratty Irish bars of Midtown East. The menu offers around sixty different beers at any given time, so feel free to spend an afternoon experimenting, particularly at the picnic tables in the backyard.

The Jeffrey, 311 East 60th Street (at First Avenue); 212-355-2337.
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Jimmy's No. 43
Lots of beer places in New York assert some sort of German or Eastern European heritage, but Jimmy’s No. 43 actually feels like an old-world beer hall, with a curved-ceiling basement hideaway. The beer menu is long, and the food is hearty: think potato soup, bratwurst, and brussel sprouts. Go hard, or go home.

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street (between Cooper Square and Second Avenue); 212-982-3006.
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Post Office
Gastropub doesn’t have to be a synonym for “hole in the wall,” and Post Office proves this by being improbably gorgeous, with dark wood paneling and comfy club chairs by the windows. While the menu is incredibly straight-forward (grilled cheese, deviled eggs), the mostly whiskey-based cocktails are spicy and interesting. Hello, hellfire habanero bitters.

Post Office, 188 Havemeyer Street (between South 3rd and 4th streets); 718-963-2574.
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The Ellington
New York night life tends to quiet way, way down on the Upper West Side, but there are pockets of fun between Lincoln Center and Harlem. One of them can be found at The Ellington, which has an airy, barn-like feeling and (delicious!) grilled cheese bites on the menu.

The Ellington, 936 Amsterdam Avenue (at 106th Street); 212-222-4050.
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Spitzer’s Corner
When arguing about which bar to hit next on the Lower East Side, the group can usually agree on Spitzer’s. This happy, lively place features wide communal tables and forty beers on tap, but don’t let the frivolity keep you from eating. There’s something for everyone: sliders, burgers, grilled cheese, and a fried chicken the menu calls “epic.” Believe it.

Spitzer’s Corner, 101 Rivington Street (at Ludlow Street); 212-228-0027.
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If you are seeking authenticity from your gastropub experience — not just burgers and beers — look no further than Highlands. The restaurant isn’t just Scottish in name and appearance, though the pheasant wallpaper is nice. You’ll find a U.K. take on several of the mains, including that blasted haggis, along with endless whiskey options.

Highlands, 150 West 10th Street (at Waverly Place); 212-229-2670.
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The Wren
If the term "gastropub" still manages to conjure up a dude scarfing down a burger and swilling a pint, then consider the Wren the antidote. The clean, downright feminine space offers an eggplant sandwich and lemony roast chicken, and the cocktails contain pinkies-up add-ins like strawberry-lime cider and cherry liqueurs. For the ladies who drunch, if you will.

The Wren, 344 Bowery (at Great Jones Street), 212-388-0148.
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The Spotted Pig
This popular eatery claimed to be the first gastropub when it opened in New York in 2004, and while that might be a bit of a stretch, how many bars with food earn a Michelin star? If you can handle the wait, the warm, rollicking atmosphere contrasts the surprisingly elegant British-Italian menu. And, hey, you might even spot a celebrity.

The Spotted Pig , 314 West 11th Street (at Greenwich Street), 212-620-0393.
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Wilfie and Nell
Seeing as it is in the West Village, Wilfie and Nell is typically packed with pretty young things. The restaurant encourages patrons "not be shy in squeezing in wherever they find space," which people definitely do. The plates are, of course, hearty and meant to be shared, from seasonal fried pickles to a Murray’s cheese board.

Wilfie and Nell, 228 West Fourth Street (between Seventh Avenue and West 10th Street); 212-242-2990.
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The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
The Spotted Pig's chef and co-owner April Broomfield ran with a good thing when she opened the Breslin, which is even more British-looking than its predecessor. The tartan, dark wood, and oil paintings of animals prepare you for a menu heavy on meat and cheese. Wash it down with the their own cask-conditioned ale, the Spotted Pig Bitter.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, 16 West 29th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), 212-679-1939.
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Bedford Avenue gets a little more swanky with every passing week, but one place that still feels homey and relaxed is Allswell. Everything is comforting, from the calico, quilt-like wallpaper to the fried chicken sandwich and the well-researched domestic beer list.

Allswell, 124 Bedford Avenue (between 10th and 11th streets), Brooklyn; 347-799-2743.
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The Penrose
Yes, the Upper East Side can be hip — in its own posh-old-lady kind of way. The Penrose's sprawling space resembles a bed and breakfast in Vermont, albeit it with one of the best whiskey lists in the city. The beer, wine, and cocktail menus are similarly surprising and fun, while the food is simple and delicious: think burgers, mac and cheese, and fried pickles.

The Penrose, 1590 Second Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd streets); 212-203-2751.
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If your office is in Tribeca, you already know that there aren't a ton of chill bars to hang out after work with colleagues. Distilled aims to be that bar, and its massive capacity means you won’t be all smushed together, either. There are loads of beers, cocktails, and even "mead" options, and the grub is remarkably upscale. Consider it your new neighborhood spot.

Distilled , 211 West Broadway (between Franklin and White streets), 212-601-9514.
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