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Time Out Love New York Awards 2014: Midtown

A local’s guide to Midtown. Here are the area’s top local stores, bars, coffee shops, music venues and restaurants.

By Time Out contributors, edited by Vivienne van Vliet
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Time Out readers have spoken, and below are the venues they named their absolute favorite in Midtown. So the next time you’re in the area and in need of food, drink or retail therapy, make a beeline for these places and you won’t go far wrong.

The winners

Toloache, Lobster tacos at Toloache
Toloache, Lobster tacos at Toloache
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

RESTAURANT: Toloache

Restaurants Mexican Midtown West

Located in the heart of the theatre district, Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), is the Midtown outpost of chef Julian Medina's contemporary Mexican bistro.

Little Collins
Little Collins
Photograph: Courtesy Little Collins

COFFEE SHOP: Little Collins

Restaurants Cafés Midtown East

An ode to the street in Melbourne its named for, this coffee shop joins the ranks of fellow Aussie-transplant cafés like Bluestone Lane, Brunswick and Two Hands. Order a flat white from one of the baristas manning the Modbar, then chow down on "brekkie" options like an avocado smash showered in sunflower seeds or a pair of poached eggs smothered in bacon ragout.

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STORE: Skagen

Shopping Accessories Midtown West

Yes, this accessories store is in the heart of Times Square, but it’s worth the hassle—and it might even relax you (really!). Step inside where the ambience channels the seaside village on the coast of Denmark. The space pays homage to the infamous Skagen beaches in the form of modernized pebble-shaped tables, natural gray wood surfaces and digital displays telling the story behind items in the shop. Standouts include Skagen watches ($95–$275) and jewelry ($30–$100), as well as a new collection of leather bags ranging from backpacks ($195–$355) to satchels ($225–$295) for men and women.

Rum House
Rum House
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

BAR: Rum House

Bars Lounges Midtown West

In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show. But the team behind Tribeca mixology den Ward III ushered in a second act, introducing some key upgrades (including serious cocktails) while maintaining the charmingly offbeat flavor of the place. Forget you're a stone's throw from Times Square while listening to live jazz acts (Wednesday–Saturday nights) and sipping dark-spirit–heavy tipples, such as a funky old-fashioned riff that showcases the rich, tropical complexity of Banks 5 Island Rum. Those who suffer the cruel fate of being in Times Square on a weekend morning can console themselves with a range of six Bloody Marys (11am–5pm).

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Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
Photograph: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

MUSIC VENUE: Carnegie Hall

Music Music venues Midtown West

Artistic director Clive Gillinson continues to put his stamp on Carnegie Hall. The stars, both soloists and orchestras, shine most brightly inside this renowned concert hall in the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

The runners-up

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The full list of winners by category

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