Dine

As with anything in life, as I’ve gotten older my tastes have changed. In the past, a night out with friends would normally consist of a standard cocktail or beer at a bar. Now, I often opt for a nice, complex glass of wine while enjoying my down time.

Gorilla Coffee’s cozy interior is as warm as its drinks. With a mostly red color scheme and elementary school-style tables, chairs and pull-down-over-a-chalkboard map, the Park Slope store feels nostalgic and comforting.

For Michelin-starred modern Chinese cuisine; try Hakkasan New York in Midtown West.

Ever start to get a little hungry after a few drinks? Lulu’s in Greenpoint understands this phenomenon and offers a free personal pizza with each drink (more than $3) you order. Pizzas come plain, but toppings only cost a dollar extra.

One of the best things about working in New York City is always being in relatively close proximity to a famed restaurant. Luckily, my office is right down the street from one of the city’s most popular fried chicken joints, Hill Country Chicken—an offshoot of the nearby barbecue restaurant, Hill Country.

Rock Center Café offers contemporary American cuisine and amazing views of The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

With a variety of upscale grilled cheese sandwiches and Parmesan-dusted tater tots, Melt Shop takes a kid-friendly lunch and gives it a new and improved spin.

The first time I went to Chef 28 was a few years ago. It is the go-to happy hour hangout for two of my friends that work in the area, and I was told I had to try the lychee martini—complete with two large pieces of lychee floating in the heavenly concoction.

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