Get your sea legs on the 1929 lightship docked on the Hudson. The decor, burgers, and beers are nothing fancy, but the place can turn into quite a party when DJs rock the boat on summer nights.
Frying Pan, West 26th Street, at West Side Highway (212-989-6363 or www.fryingpan.com).
Pure Food and Wine
Raw food was once the province of hippies, but Pure Food and Wine is positioning it for maximum hipster appeal. The space is lush and comfy but not fussy; the patio is stunning.
Pure Food and Wine, 54 Irving Place, between 17th and 18th Streets (212-477-1010 or www.purefoodandwine.com)
Stop in as early as 7 a.m. for pastries and espresso in the cafe, which spills out onto the sidewalk. Go back for dinner — lots of antipasti (hooray for the legendary Sardinian sheep’s milk ricotta) and pan-Italian favorites.
Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich Street, at North Moore Street (212-925-3797 or www.locandaverdenyc.com).
We like Keith McNally’s Morandi for its breakfast bread baskets (overflowing with bomboloni), lyrical Italian chatter, and location (just off bustling Seventh Avenue South but still in view of the action).
Morandi, 211 Waverly Place, between Charles and Perry Streets (212-627-7575 or www.morandiny.com).
The first thing you notice about Bobo is the stunning and cozy design, done by Dekar. The bar and charcuterie tables are downstairs; the dining room and outdoor patio are upstairs.
Bobo, 181 West 10th Street, at Seventh Avenue (212-488-2626 or www.bobonyc.com).