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.

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Haru

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Address: 220 Park Ave. S. (17th & 18th St.)

*Locations also in Financial District, Midtown East, Midtown West, 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: 181 Lexington Ave. (at 31st St.)

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

Link: http://www.brotherjimmys.com/

Review: Ahh Brother Jimmy’s.  The boyfriend and I met here and it’s definitely not a date spot.  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.