The early dinner hours are mellow, but by 9pm, you’ll feel a sexy vibe building. Here’s the hitch: Service can be a bit laid-back, and the food is uneven. Soak up the scene and stick to pastas. 1439 Second Ave at 75th St (212-288-8555, baraondany.com) Mon--Fri 5:30pm--1am; Sat, Sun noon--3pm, 5:30pm--1am.
The signature offering is a burger that invites comparisons to the revered Corner Bistro’s. Melon’s is pricier, at $7 for the very basic model, but it’s arguably just as tasty. 1291 Third Ave at 74th St (212-650-1310) Daily 11:30am--2:30am
Luke’s Bar & Grill
Hulking burgers, mozzarella sticks and cheese steaks live up to their rib-sticking promise, fending off the effects of a few too many Amstels at the bar. 1394 Third Ave between 79th and 80th Sts (212-249-7070, lukesbarandgrill.com) Mon--Fri 11:30am--2am; Sat 10am--2am; Sun 10am--midnight.
Despite a menu filled with smartly conceived Northern Italian dishes, an enviable wine list and a stylish, Sicilian drawing room decor, the dominant feature of Uva is noise. 1486 Second Ave at 77th St (212-472-4552, uvawinebarnewyork.com) Mon--Thu, Sun noon--1am; Fri, Sat noon--2am.
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Brooklynites don’t need to trek to Chinatown to find good Shanghainese food—just head to Greenpoint to dine at M Greenpoint. Plop down at one of the tables and go to town on the menu of dim sum favorites. Think hot and sour soup ($8), scallion pancakes ($7), the juicy pork buns also known as xiao long bao ($9 for six) and ma-pao tofu ($11.50). Vegetarians will be happy to hear that M Shanghai Bistro offers both a vegan and vegetarian version of their menu to make ordering sans meat that much easier. Wash down all the steamed dumplings and spicy stir-fried vegetables with big pots of oolong, chrysanthemum or green tea ($4 for a small, $6 for a large).
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