Io Restaurant

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The formal dining room of this 100-year-old waterfront building looks out on the magnificent Manhattan skyline, but the food just can’t live up to that view. The nominally eclectic dishes were standard-issue, with the added gimmick that they come in two sizes—an individual portion and a larger family-style serving. The original oak bar and tin ceilings add a touch of historical spirit. Depending on your mood, you can chill in the back garden, hang at the bar, or join the Thursday-night karaoke and weekend dancing to DJs. The crowd tilts old-school outer-borough, away from the nabe’s slacker cool.
Venue name: Io Restaurant
Address: 119 Kent Ave
Cross street: at North 7th St
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 11:30am–11pm; Fri 11:30am–1am; Sat 4:30pm–1am; Sun 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average main course: $15. MC, V
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