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Seven best NYC restaurants for playing Pokémon Go

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Abby Carney
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In case you missed it, the Pokémon Go craze is getting real. New Yorkers have been catching Pokémon all over the city—from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Gramercy Park. In the Pokémon Go app, some real-life locations are considered "gyms," a.k.a. an arena of sorts where you can battle your Pokémon against other teams' Pokémon, and plenty of bars and restaurants around NYC are jumping on the bandwagon. Here's where you can get a meal with a side of Pikachu in New York: 

Maialino
Forward-thinking Danny Meyer brought us Shake Shack and the Italian darling Maialino, and he's at the forefront of the no-tipping movement, so it's no surprise he's ahead of the curve in the game of Pokémon Go as well. Maialino is a choice spot for seizing a Squirtle over stracciatella and salumi. 

Balthazar
Summon Blastoise and Butterfree at the iconic Soho bistro turned Pokémon gym. 

Red Rooster Harlem
Yep, there are even Pokémon to be caught at Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem joint. Double down on spiced catfish and chicken and waffles while accruing all the Pokémon you've ever dreamed of. 

The Pavilion
Fresh Greenmarket plates are served up here alongside lurking Spearow and Fearow (or you could find Ekans or Pikachu, too—who's to say?).

O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen
How about saying "I choose you!" to shepherd's pie and buttermilk-fried calamari as a fuel up while catching em' all? 

Smith & Wollensky
For those interested in putting on the ritz while Pokémon hunting, Smith & Wollensky offers up filet mignon and lobster to eager diners on their smartphones.

Añejo
In a conscious effort to bait customers, Añejo joined the fray by purchasing special incense to lure Pokémon to their tequila-and-tapas joint. Pokémon of all stripes have been flocking to both the Tribeca and Hell's Kitchen locations.

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