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Pennsylvania 6
Pennsylvania 6's retro-style dining room

Midtown: It’s the heart of New York City--and a wasteland of chain restaurants. Next time you’re on the hunt for a post-work bite, don’t settle for an ubiquitous sports bar. Here are three new, cooler options.

Around Penn Station Calling all oyster lovers: Pennsylvania 6, an expansive retro-style pub, touts a pretty serious raw bar to complement its steaks, burgers and pizzas. Just like Old New York would have it. 132 W. 31st St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 212-727-3666 or

Close to Grand Central Never underestimate the power of a hotel lobby: The Westin (yes, we too were shocked) has upped its game with The LCL: Bar & Kitchen, which offers up items like New York-state-cheddar mac and cheese and cocktails made with Organic Avenue juice. Or swing by before work for a Stumptown coffee. 212 E. 42nd St. (between Second and Third aves.); 212-405-4399 or

By Columbus Circle The Hudson Hotel proves its versatility with yet another concept restaurant. You may have heard about its pop-up après-ski bar, Hudson Lodge, around the holidays (which was fantastic). Now the focus is on its new rustic craft-beer hall, Hudson Common, which dishes up the likes of peanut-butter ribs and thrice-cooked fries. 356 W. 58th St. (between Eighth and Ninth aves.); 212-554-6217 or

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