Midtown West

Claw

Claw NYC

Photo by Claw

Address: 744 9th Ave. (50th & 51st St.)

*Also located in Chelsea

Link: http://clawnewyork.com/

Review: The lobster roll seems to be a fad that took New York by storm and this Chelsea location offers up their take on it, served with some butter and mayo on the typical potato bread.  They offer the delish but not low calorie surf and turf which compliments its lobster with some tasty bacon chunks.  Though it is clearly not a romantic setting, this place will hit the spot if you’re in the mood for some no frills lobster treats.  They also have some options for the non-seafood eater as well.  The only downside is that there’s no booze at the Chelsea location.

5 Napkin Burger

5 Napkin Burger NYC

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Address: 630 9th Ave. (at 45th St.)

*Also located in Union Square and UWS

Link: http://5napkinburger.com

Review: If you are in the mood for some hearty burgers with a slightly upscale setting this is a safe bet.  Though tiled decor lends to a louder than desired setting, it is a cut above your dine and dash burger joints.  With other options besides just charred beef, like sushi rolls and lobster roll sliders, 5 Napkin provides variety for everyone in your group.  This spot is better suited for something very casual or a group dinner with friends/family.

Del Frisco’s Grille

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Address: 50 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite H (50th & 51st St.)

Link:   http://delfriscosgrille.com/

Review: Del Frisco’s Grille has one of the better steaks you can get in NYC.  They also have amazing truffle mac and cheese and ahi tacos, and a decent cocktail/wine list.  During the week it’s generally populated by expense account types due to the high price tag of the items on the menu.  It can get noisy with the after work crowd and the atmosphere isn’t the most romantic, but for the price tag you’ll want to save it for a special dinner, ie. a job promotion or a really nice surprise for the steak lover in your life.

Haru

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Address: 205 W. 43rd St. (7th & 8th Ave.)

*Locations also in Financial District, Midtown East, Flatiron/Gramercy, Upper West Side, Upper East Side

Link:  http://www.harusushi.com/

Review: Haru is your chain sushi place that churns out solidly good sushi with decent creativity with their rolls, but this is not a place for the sushi purists.  They have good apps like the crispy duck and shrimp and mushroom shumai, a bunch of good specialty cocktails ($13 a pop) and solid rolls.  Haru is a better spot for a group dinner rather than a date, but nonetheless, an above average last minute place when you’re in the mood for sushi.  The menu isn’t the cheapest out there but the wait is never too long so reservations aren’t really necessary.

Brother Jimmy’s

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Address: 416 8th Ave. (at 31st St.)

*Locations also in Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Murray Hill

Link: http://www.brotherjimmys.com/

Review: Ahh Brother Jimmy’s.  The boyfriend and I met here and it’s definitely not a date spot – we like to say we fell in love in a hopeless place.  This is the type of bar you come to to chug cheap PBRs or down fishbowls with your buddies.  It’s a sloppy mess of newly minted NY bros and chicks.  Bro J’s is always a scene in the summer so get there early or the line will be around the block.  Obviously it’s not a spot to bring a date but if you, your significant other and all your friends are looking to celebrate, Bro J’s is a good choice.  So grab all your buddies, get sloshed and enjoy some awesome southern BBQ to soak up some of that alcohol.

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