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Posted: Jan 12, 2022

New York City Dining Experiences You Won't Forget

A list of restaurants and bars that are more than their menus; they are experiences.

01

Sushi On Me

71-26 Roosevelt Ave Bsmt, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, United States

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Greeted by a sign out front that reads, “Enjoy your fucking dinner,” Sushi on Me welcomes its patrons with open arms. Thai-born chef Atip “Palm” Tangjantuk wants his food to speak for itself. Located along the Jackson Heights-Elmhurst border, Sushi on Me offers unlimited sake, a 15-course omakase tasting menu, and live-jazz each night, all for a flat fee of $89 (not including tip). They take reservations 2-months out, so revive that group text, and get planning.

02

Banzarbar

191 Chrystie St Apt 2F, New York, NY 10002, United States

Banzarbar

For all the businesses located in Freeman's Alley, there's already a sort of 'If you know, you know' attitude. Banzarbar, which is hidden within a restaurant (Freemans) within that alley, takes that mentality to a new level. Located on Freemans second floor exists a tiny little bar which, if you're not looking for, you'll totally miss. It's small and intimate (the only seats are at the bar), and its clandestine nature plays into the appeal. It's a perfect date spot to impress you S.O. with all your fave lesser-known nooks and crannies of the city.

03

La Noxe

315 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA

La Noxe

315 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA

Tucked inside the 28th Street subway station (yes literally inside), this speakeasy brings a little bit of The Caribbean to its subterranean space. From the founder of Kinfolk, La Noxe is attracting just as cool of a clientele as its predecessor, and features an interior that combines high-energy club scenes (think: Tokyo or Barcelona) with ‘70s-styled velvet couches and mod tables. Now you can finally say you were drunk dancing in the subway... on purpose.

04

Syndicated

40 Bogart (btwn Thames & Grattan), Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States

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Whatever evening you crave, you'll find it at Syndicated. Come grab a drink or meal in their airy open bar/restaurant space, or catch a movie in their 60-seat theater. Want both? No problem. Their theater is full-service, and you can enjoy the restaurant's full menu from the comfort of your seat.

05

Astoria Seafood

3710 33rd St (at 37th Ave), Long Island City, NY 11101, United States

Astoria Seafood

Astoria Seafood serves fresh seafood, any way you want it. It’s about as no-frills as it gets, and it’s exactly how Joseph Mitchell describes Hugh G. Flood, the “mayor of the fish market” who believes he’ll live to 115 on this strict and strange diet, in his 1944 New Yorker essay.

06

Tokyo Record Bar

127 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Tokyo Record Bar

127 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Monday through Saturday, you can reserve two seats at the intimate Tokyo Record Bar, where you will be treated to an amazing multi-course pre fixe meal with a corresponding live vinyl playlist.

07

Maomao

1000 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA

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Finally a restaurant for the people who like to sit on the same side of the table. Mao Mao seating is theater style, so sit back, relax, and don't worry about eye contact.

08

Tatiana Restaurant

3152 Brighton 6th St (Boardwalk, Brighton Beach), Brooklyn, NY 11235, United States

Tatiana Restaurant

No one comes to Tatiana for the food. Not that it's bad, but it's certainly not the memorable part of the evening. Round up your funnest crew (do not come here with less than 10 people!), and commit to a night dancing, drinking, eating unknown entrees, and Russian-style entertainment.

09

Beetle House

308 E 6th St (2nd Venue), New York, NY 10003, United States

Beetle House

308 E 6th St (2nd Venue), New York, NY 10003, United States

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. The menu is themed, the decor is kitschy (and full of purple and green hues), but the live characters are what make this a truly unique dining experience.

10

Ichiran

132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001, USA

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If you've ever been in a voting booth, and thought, "Hmm, this would be a good place to eat noodles," have we got a spot for you. At Ichiran, booths are partitioned on both sides and in front of you (meaning that even your server can’t see you/won’t chat with you), and you order silently (and confidentially, if that's important to you).

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