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Best restaurants to eat at the bar

What are the best restaurants right now in Manhattan to eat at the bar? I have always gone to Lupa, and that has never failed until recently. Any suggestions for a similar place with good food and similar atmosphere at the bar? Thanks!

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Raoul's
    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    Gramercy Tavern
    Gascogne
    Cabrito

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    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Gascogne
    158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Cabrito
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    1. For Italian, what about Babbo or Scarpetta?

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      1. I love eating at the bar at Otto. Gramercy Tavern is also another personal fave of mine. Can't go wrong with either IMO.

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        Gramercy Tavern
        42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: roze

          Otto, really? Wouldn't you be standing the whole time?

          1. re: daffyduck

            No, there's a very long bar with many seats. Great bar dining. There are also the high tables in the bar area, with no stools.

            1. re: chow_gal

              Oh, okay. I must have missed it. I never hung out at the bar in Otto, I always assumed it was just the high tables.

        2. What about Sutton Place Bar and Grill. They have TV's at the bar too.

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          Sutton Place
          1015 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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          1. re: Littleman

            That's a bar, not a restaurant where one can eat at the bar. It's mediocre food and a TV-driven, bar atmosphere. Not at all what the OP is looking for.

            OP: consider eating at the pass at Hearth. Great food, a lot of fun, you can see all the action in the kitchen too.

          2. The closest thing foodwise (Roman) to Lupa would be Maialino. The vibe is different (to most people, probably better), but it is a great alternative.

            I'll also echo kathryn's Scarpetta suggestion if you want to stick to Italian.

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            Lupa
            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

            Scarpetta
            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010