My favorite restaurant is still Upstate Beer and Oyster Bar. I’m pretty easy to please; give me fresh seafood and good beer and I’m a very happy man. Other places I’ve enjoyed include:
- Masten Lake
- Yakitori Totto
- Osteria Morini
- Il Passatore
- That place in the East Village that does two hours of unlimited sushi/sake/beer, because you have to be a Republican to not enjoy that
This is by no means a definitive list, since there are still a TON of places that I want to get to that I haven’t been able to yet. Speaking of which, my least favorite thing about New York by far is how you have to make reservations for popular places at 9am a full month in advance. Ridiculous.
I don’t really have any favorite bars. I kinda just wander around downtown every weekend. I will say that I’m sort of over the fancy cocktail scene. Sure, they taste good, but they’re expensive as hell and I have never once gotten drunk off them. You know what else tastes good and doesn’t get me drunk? Orange juice, but you don’t see me paying $15 for one of those annoying little cocktail glasses full of OJ, do you?