5th Annual "Where-To" Guide to NYC
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Where to Eat:
B. Community FavoritesEat like you live here, even if you don’t; our LGBT-friendly faves.
Lola’s Restaurant 15 Watts St (@ Thompson St), lolaissoul.com. We’re “souled” on Lola’s rhythm and blues lounge where many dollars will buy you crabcakes, beignets, and musical entertainment.
Bamboo 52 344 W 52nd St (btwn 8th & 9th Aves), bamboo52nyc.com. Settle in for the night with everything you need; this well-equipped spot boasts a DJ booth, an open sushi kitchen, and a nine-hour happy hour with huge cocktails.
Beast 638 Bergen St, Bklyn (@ Vanderbilt Ave), 718-399-6855. This vaguely gothic tapas tavern serves generous small plates and gets your drink flowing with wine served by the quartino.
Deborah 43 Carmine St (btwn Bleecker & Bedford Sts), deborahlifelovefood.com. Let Deborah cook you dinner, with a bit of hemp and a bevy of farm-fresh ingredients. We assure you, you’ll be begging for more.
East of Eighth 254 W 23rd St (btwn 7th & 8th Aves). Kick off your evening with tasty mini-pizzas and all-American fare with a mostly-queer crowd in this cozy (read: flirty) spot.
Cowgirl 519 Hudson St (@ W 10th St), cowgirlnyc.com. Kitschy, kitschy! Out-of-towners should cruise the tacky-fun “general store” after scooping up Frito pie and sucking down a few fantastic margaritas.
Florent 69 Gansevoort St (btwn Washington & Greenwich Sts), restaurantflorent.com. This decades-old 24-hour bistro will refuel you with a nice 3am plate of escargot after a night of partying.
Rita Mae’s/Rubyfruit 531 Hudson St (@ W 10th St), rubyfruitny.com. Scuttle under Rubyfruit’s stairs to the full-service restaurant, where cute waitresses serve up surf ’n’ turf and vegetarian vittles. Then, follow the music to the inevitable dance party upstairs.
Superfine 126 Front St (@ Pearl St), Bklyn, 718-243-9005. Enjoy a Texas roadhouse meal as hipsters shoot pool in the background at this bar/restaurant/bluegrass venue/family spot hybrid.
Island Café Bar & Lounge 35-15 36th St, Queens, 718-433-0690. Our favorite Top Chef star (and Woman We Love ’07), Josie Smith-Malave, is the executive chef at this brand spanking new Long Island City eatery. [image_credit] => Florent [image_highlight] => 1 [image_page] => 0 [image_display_order] => 2 [_DB_DataObject_version] => 1.8.5 [N] => 1 [_database_dsn] => [_database_dsn_md5] => 7d5a85f3960d9d91223e571f24c76791 [_query] => Array ( [condition] => [group_by] => [order_by] => [having] => [limit_start] => [limit_count] => [data_select] => * ) [_DB_resultid] => 15 [_resultFields] => [_link_loaded] => [_join] => [_lastError] => )