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Bongo

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Photograph: David Rosenzweig
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Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Bongo
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Decorated entirely with vintage furniture—Eames chairs, couches that date from mid-century—Bongo has a ramshackle charm that few bar-lounges along this desolate stretch of Tenth Avenue can match. The short menu consists almost entirely of winning seafood choices, though the gooey mac-and-cheese side is a crowd-pleaser. The oyster list is surprisingly extensive for such a tiny place, and Bongo’s lobster rolls and teriyaki-glazed tuna burgers (made with freshly ground sushi-quality fish) could go fin-to-fin with offerings from more well-known, expensive joints. Still, Bongo is a bar at heart, and if it’s a quiet, relaxing meal you’re looking for, you’d best not eat at a place named after a drum.
Venue name: Bongo
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Address: 299 Tenth Ave
New York
10001
Cross street: between 27th and 28th Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 5:30pm–midnight; Wed 5:30pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5:30pm–2am
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St; 1 to 28th St
Price: Average main course: $16
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