It’s National Burger Month! NYC’s Best Veggie & Meat Burgers

May is National Burger Month: a full 31 days of dedication to the juicy, ketchup-and-onion-topped, charred, and dripping beast that is The Burger. And all across this fine city, you can find burgers in all kinds of varieties – quinoa–filled, topped with bacon and sauerkraut, served with a knife stabbed through it – but are they all quality? No. No, they are not. But fortunately, we’ve found The Best Burgers In NYC for the vegetarians and carnivores in all of us.

The Veggie Burger and Cheeseburger from Westville: This homey, like-your-mother’s-kitchen spot across downtown Manhattan has found the sweet spot in burgers, serving a veggie burger that’s one of the only veggie burgers the carnivores will eat (and finish). Topped with sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and a tartar sauce, the veggie burger has a fritter texture that’s reminiscent of a handful of fries. And the cheeseburger? It’s thick, simple and, like the veggie burger, served on a sweet Portuguese bun.

The Bistro Burger from Corner Bistro: This legendary, classic spot on a cobblestone corner of the West Village still stands as the king of The No-Frills Burger. Their signature Bistro Burger is 8oz of meat topped with a slab of American cheese and crispy strips of greasy bacon, sandwiched between a white, fluffy bun. At just $8.75, it is the last-standing delicious and cheap burger, and at evening hours, the rustic, wooden, dive spot is packed. Enjoy the wait.

The Veggie Burger and Original 5 Napkin Burger from 5 Napkin BurgerWhen you just need a massive, dripping piece of animal between your fingers, 5 Napkin’s Original burger is the thing; 10 oz. of fresh ground beef, topped with a creamy gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and their famous, sweet rosemary aioli, all stuffed between a white roll. And the veggie burger is stuffed with fresh veggies – black beans,  brown rice, carrots, beets, and jalapeños between a multigrain bun topped with a tartar sauce tang. Alternate between burgers each week this month. 

The Double ShackBurger from Shake Shack: Two slabs of all-natural Angus beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grease, and the secret, beloved ShakeSauce make this one of the city’s most dependable burger spots and the ultimate hangover cure. 

The Cheeseburger from Burger Joint at Le Parker Merdien: This hidden, tiny, brick oasis inside the fancy lobby of the Parker Meridien shocks with its blue-collar diner-feel and its diner, greasy burger topped with lettuce, raw onions, and ketchup. It’s simplicity as its most delicious – and will keep you full for 6+ hours. 

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NYC’s Top Five Rainy Day Meals

Rainy days are a study in extremes. One day, you’re craving the comfort of a piping hot bowl of something buttery and cheesy, and the next, you’re seeking the cleansing refreshment of a vegetable juice and lentil salad. We humans are a complex bunch. In honor of the gloom outside, I’ve pulled together NYC’s top five rainy day meals. From heavenly to healthy, these dishes can warm even the most trodden spirit. Or at least distract you momentarily.

1.     A Burger and Bowl of Chili from Corner Bistro: Cozy yet boisterous NY institution. $8 cheese-bacon Bistro Burger. Robust chili.

2.     Mac & Cheese from Westville: Baked and crusty outside. Hot and gooey inside. Smoked bacon optional.

3.     The Classic Pork Noodle Ramen Soup from Ippudo. Moderately healthy. Sesame mushrooms. Thick, long noodles.

4.     Seitan in a Spicy Citrus Sauce from gobo. Arrives sizzling. Borderline healthy. Tastes like chicken.

5.     Homemade Bucatini Pasta with Crispy Garlic and Olive Oil from Bevacco. Heavenly. Coarse, fresh noodles. Toasted garlic. NY’s best.

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Five New York Munchie Spots Perfect for 4/20

It’s 4/20, everybody, and if you know what that means, you’ll be getting pretty hungry sooner or later. But not, like, roast-chicken-and-mixed-vegetables hungry. You’ll want something weirdly specific, something with color, texture, and a rainbow of flavors. Something that doesn’t take too long. Where should you go to satisfy your craving for munchies in New York? Well, you could think really hard about it, but your thoughts could easily drift to your own mortality, or how much you like the feeling of velvet, or why you’ve never seen a baby pigeon, and you know where that goes. Instead, why not give the old brain a break, grab a seltzer or a Gatorade or something, and head out to one of these primo spots for chowing down when you’re lifted. Oh, and sorry, we were going to post this at 4:20 p.m., but, you know … 

Corner Bistro (West Village) – Because it’s on Jane Street, man. Also, best burgers in the city. That’s right, we said it. 

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery (East Village) – Because artichokes have hearts, like you and me. And it’s open until 5am. 

Insomnia Cookies (Greenwich Village) – Because you can get a dozen chocolate chunk cookies delivered to your door. Call your other guy at the same time and see who arrives first. 

Momofuku Milk Bar (Carroll Gardens) – Because they have crack pie. 

Stand 4 (Greenwich Village) – Because TOASTED MARSHMALLOW MILKSHAKES. Sorry for the all caps, don’t want to harsh your mellow. 

New York Openings: Corner Bistro, Cafe Blossom, Atera

Corner Bistro (Long Island City) – Bistro Burgers plus cheap McSorley’s, no wonder we can’t even slip in the door.

Cafe Blossom (West Village) – Way more stylish than its culinary kinfolk, the crunchy health nuts here totally shower on the reg.

Atera (Tribeca) – Forage fest via the elegant tasting menus of Portlandia export Matthew Lightner.

New York Burger Smackdown: Corner Bistro Edges Burger Joint By a Nose

Over the weekend I hosted an old friend who I knew back when I lived in Riga, Latvia years ago. (He took over my apartment and adopted my cat, Smaka, when I moved to New York.) Jad is originally from Beirut and now lives in Abu Dhabi, and had never stepped foot in America until he strode onto the carpeted jetway at JFK Friday afternoon. Naturally, he craved the quintessential New York experience, but had a mere weekend before continuing on to a conference in Washington, D.C. Tough decisions had to be made. I decided on a tourist/local hybrid. First stop: the Empire State Building. Nice views! Art Deco designs! Pudgy tourists! So tiring! Next stop: the Village. It was a warm summer evening as we strode down West 4th and wound up at the Corner Bistro. Before we had even gotten our first round of beers, he said the words I needed to hear: “This is exactly the kind of place I had hoped you’d take me.”

Better still, we got a plum corner booth in the front room, and were quaffing McSorley’s ales and chowing down on Bistro Burgers within minutes. The burgers were as good as I remembered, moist, tender, flavorful, and perfectly balanced by the sharp slice of white onion. Jad noted that the service was rather brusque – the dude barely grunted at us, and essentially dropped the food on our table when it was ready. But we both agreed that it was also perfect, and perfectly New York: everything we wanted, fast. None of this “have a nice day” nonsense. The place was packed, and everybody knew how to act. Success.

The next day began with a walk through Times Square. Here’s the Conde Nast building, here’s TKTS, here’s where the ball drops on New Year’s, actual New Yorkers avoid this area like the plague, etc. Before hitting Central Park and Rockefeller Center, we made another food stop, this time at the “secret” Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien Hotel. That’s right, we’d have another round of burgers within 14 hours of the last.

It was the right decision. The Burger Joint is a weird, rare, and wonderful thing: an authentic dive located inside one of Midtown’s poshest hotels. Maybe that’s why everybody who walks in the door looks so happy. It was 11:50 a.m., and the staff apologized profusely for making us wait ten minutes before they could sell us beers. Again, the timing was excellent, and the plastic cups of Sam Adams arrived just as we were digging in to a gorgeous pair of cheeseburgers with the works. And again, Jad said that we’d found what he was looking for. Me too, man. Me too.

So, which burger was better? It’s a tough call. In my 15 years of city living, I’d actually flip-flopped from the Bistro to the Joint, mostly because my old office was on 57th and the Burger Joint is the best business lunch in Manhattan. But in a head-to-head, burgers-to-burgers comparison, the Bistro has the edge. Maybe it’s the grill seasoned by a century of burger grease. Maybe it’s the texture of the raw onion. Maybe it’s the old New York barroom atmosphere, which feels smoky even though it’s not. But Corner Bistro makes the best burger in New York. Burger Joint makes the second best. And they’re both fantastic.

My Lebanese friend from Latvia by way of the U.A.E. agreed. The Bistro Burger is a taste to travel across the globe for. Jad had even snapped a photo of the red neon Corner Bistro sign on our way out. You know how tourists are.

The Differences Between New York and Los Angeles, According to Members of the UCB

According to Woody Allen, Los Angeles’ only cultural advantage is that you can take a right on red. But here’s the thing: fuck Woody Allen. If you want a fair assessment of LA, you need to talk to New Yorkers that actually live here. And where better to find East Coast transplants than at Los Angeles’s Upright Citizens Brigade theater, home to countless writers and performers who have relocated from UCBNY to work in film and television? We recently talked with two such members of UCBLA’s hilarious improv group The Smokes, actor Eugene Cordero, and writer Chris Kula, to find out how LA and New York really compare.

The People EC: There’s that classic “New York’s got the grittiness, LA’s got the fake people.” But it’s all the same thing. In LA, you’re trying to put that fake, best foot forward so you can show people who you really are. And in New York, you put that fake, hard facade forward so nobody messes with you. Both places, New York and LA, are such hard places to live that it’s just two different ways to deal with the same problem: insecurity. CK: Not being so close in proximity to people is a huge thing. Maybe people aren’t necessarily nicer in LA, but just the fact that they’re not on top of you makes you think, ‘Oh, everybody’s so great here.’ Yeah, when they’re in their car and you’re in yours.

The Energy EC: In New York, you can stay up until 4AM every night, but when you wake up, you see business men, actors, ad people. You just see this hustle and bustle and that makes you go, “Fuck, I gotta do something! Shit!” I don’t think I’d be doing as well out here if I hadn’t been in New York first. That laid back mentality would have eaten me up, like “Oh, I can just hang out?”

Comedy EC: The sketch out here is great: Birthday Boys, A Kiss From Daddy. In New York, improv takes the precedent and in LA, sketch does. CK: LA audiences are less apt to really give it up for anything that’s risqué or controversial. You tell a rape joke, you get way more of a “Ooh, I can’t believe they would do that,” whereas a New Yorker will laugh at anything. We have some theories as to why that is. One theory is that people in LA are too image-conscious or worried about what the agent three seats over is doing at the show, so rather than just laugh, people look around to see what everyone else is doing.

Sports CK: [At a Los Angeles Clippers home game] LA fans were outnumbered by Pistons fans. In New York, you definitely see pockets of other fans, but if you’re rooting for the other team, you’re going to get your ass kicked. Clippers fans don’t give a shit. If you root for the other team, they’re like, “No, you’re right.”

Food EC: I like LA for what they’re good at and New York for what they’re good at. The Corner Bistro in New York is great for burgers, but [LA burger institution] Father’s Office is so good too. They’re different. CK: For breakfast and lunch, LA really has it because people take lunch [meetings] every day. What do I miss? The New York slice. Pizza in general. And then there are a few specific places in New York that I miss. I lived above a Chinese restaurant on 8th called Home that was awesome.

Architecture CK: In LA, people say, “When I make enough money, I’m going to build the kind of house that I want and I don’t care how it looks.” I love that about LA. On any given street, you have the classic ‘60s apartments and then Mission-style things and then a ski chalet. If you go for a walk in Park Slope, you know you’re going to see brownstones everywhere. It’s nice to go for a walk in [LA’s] Griffith Park and say, “Why is this bungalow next to this mansion?”

Which city is better? EC: You can’t compare New York to LA. They’re two different fruits: literally, apples and oranges. Every once in a while you want to fucking eat an orange and every once in a while you want to eat a fucking apple.

Seriously, which is better? EC: I prefer LA. In New York you can always be a kid. Bars are open until 4AM, people are around. You walk down the street once and see a bunch of people and walk down the next day and see all different people, so you can constantly change who you are. But in LA, you can’t hide amongst the crowd. You can only be more of what you end up being. I’ll always love New York for making me who I am. But what do I miss about the city? I don’t miss anything, just my friends. I think after a while, it just started to bum me out. I can’t wait to visit New York, but I’m glad I don’t live there. CK: It makes me sound like a traitor, but yeah, I would pick LA over New York. I’ll make the case for anyone considering moving out. It’s not as intimidating as you might think, you get used to the driving and the weather really is that nice.

Where Celebs Go Out: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes

1. Richard Gere, at the premiere of Brooklyn’s Finest: My favorite restaurant has to be the Bedford Post. 2. Don Cheadle: BOA, in L.A. 3. Ethan Hawke: Manganaro’s, on 9th Avenue. 4. Wesley Snipes: That’s gotta be home. My wife is an excellent cook! Where do I like to go? Oh, La Dinastia, the Cuban-Chinese restaurant on 72nd, near Broadway. 5. Hoda Kobt: I love 21 Club. I love Tabla. I love Shake Shack, just their burgers. ‘Cause the first time I saw a line, I thought, ‘Who would wait in a line this long for a burger?’ And then I realized, ‘I would.’ There’s something about the size, the texture; they’re moist, they’re delicious. And I like Kefi — on Columbus — the best, best Greek food ever, delicious.

6. Antoine Fuqua: Carmine’s. They have Carmine’s in New York and L.A. 7. Richard Belzer: I hang out in bed with my dog! West Branch is one of my favorites. It’s up here on the west side on 77th and Broadway. And all of Drew Nieporent’s restaurants. Yeah, I get around. 8. Wade Allain-Marcus: I go to a spot like Legion in Williamsburg. It’s a bar. It’s a beautiful thing. 9. Nicoye Banks: I like the Hudson. The Hudson’s always good. The Mandarin has a nice lounge on the 35th floor, if you really want to relax, look at Central Park, be smooth. Good restaurant — Parlor Steakhouse on 90th and 3rd. 10. Grizz Chapman: Actually, I work. I don’t really hang out too much. Favorite restaurant is The Palm, the one on the east side. Being that my diet has changed, my favorite dish would, probably, just be vegetables and chicken. 11. Kevin “Dot Com” Brown: I don’t get a chance to hang out, like I used to. I come to these events, and I never remember the name — I just follow the flyer; whatever address is there; I just follow the address. But I never remember the names of the venues. And when you’re not at an event? City Island. I go to Sammy’s — I go to Sammy’s seafood in City Island, and I overeat! 12. Andre Brown: I hang out at the Rose Bar, the GoldBar, Juliet — that’s about it. 13. Daymond John: Restaurants: I always go to Nobu, Blue Ribbon. Bars, I go to Tenjune. Clubs — well, Tenjune’s like a bar and a club — I go to the Greenhouse and I go to M2. 14. Shannon Kane: Wow! I don’t really hang out at a lot of clubs or anything like that, but I have some really great restaurants in L.A. One of them is El Cholo, a Mexican restaurant. Any favorite dish? The vegetarian burrito, and the fresh guacomole — they make right in front of you. 15. Michael Martin: I used to love Bar Code. It’s, actually, gone now. I love club Amnesia, great place. The Tunnel is gone now. Tammany Hall — that’s a great one. 16. Wendy Williams: Victor’s — Cuban food. 17. Sherri Shepherd: There’s a restaurant on 56th, between 8th and 9th called Bricco’s. And it’s just a nice, little family restaurant, and I go there with everybody because they got fresh Italian food, and the owner — oh, my gosh — he kisses you like you’re the most amazing woman in the world! 18. John D’Leo: John’s Pizzeria in the village has, probably, the best pizza in New York. 19. Carrie Lowell: Bedford Post — the restaurant we own. 20. Lili Taylor: I love Bar Pitti. I like the Cuban restaurant in Harlem on 125th. Sylvia’s Soulfood in Harlem. 21. Bethenny Frankel: I like Kraft. I like the Strip House. I like Abe and Arthur’s. I like steakhouses. I need meat on the bone. I need to feed the baby! 22. D’brickashaw Ferguson: Probably, Junior’s. In Brooklyn? Yeah, gotta represent! Other than the cheesecake, I’m a big fan of their barbecued chicken. 23. Ellen Barkin: I don’t have [a favorite restaurant]. 24. Lena Olin @ “Remember Me” premiere: My favorite restaurant in the city is Nobu! 25. Gregory Jbara: The Standard Grill right now is open now till four o’clock in the morning, and they have a phenomenal menu. They have great waitstaff and you can always get a great meal, after the rest of the town is shut down. I’d recommend the oysters. They have a phenomenal selection of east-coast oysters. Also, they serve an appetizer of dried-crust cheese with English radishes. And you look at it on the table and you go, ‘What am I supposed to do with that — plant a garden?!’ And then you taste it, and you go, ‘This is a brilliant, original way to start a meal.’ Corner Bistro has the best burgers, but, if you want the best glass of wine and want to sample wines, you go to Dell’anima, which is down just south of 14th on 8th Avenue. 26. Peyton List: I love going to Dylan’s Candy Bar. I always go there and get treats or chocolates. I, actually, love the bakery called “Baked.” They have the best Chocolate Cloud cookies. What’s that? It’s a chocolate cookie, and it’s really thick and I love it, ’cause it’s so chocolatey, and I love chocolate! 27. Greg Bello: Oh, Jesus! Oh, I can’t give away all those secrets; then everyone’s gonna find out and they’re not going to be hot anymore. I don’t know what to tell you! Actually, probably, the Boom Boom Room is the hottest room in the city right now. 28. Allen Coulter: Del Posto, Peasants, Ouest –said with a French accent, but I can’t do it, Barney Greengrass. 29. Tate Ellington: ‘Cause I live in the Williamsburg area, one of my favorite places is DuMont. DuMac and Cheese is one of the greatest meals I’ve had in New York. There’s a place called Barcade which is pretty wonderful, as far as a bar, but it’s gettin’ a little packed, nowadays, but it’s a good place and the bartenders are nice. Huckleberry Bar is a nice, little cocktail lounge. 30. Peggy Siegal: Oh, I like the Monkey Bar. I like the new Jean-Georges restaurant at The Mark Hotel. I like 21, the Four Seasons, Michael’s, the Waverly Inn, the Standard Hotel. What else have I missed? I don’t know. Any favorite dishes? No, I’m always on a diet!

Where in NYC to Watch the Yankees-Phillies World Series

Sixth borough, my ass. Call Philadelphia whatever you want any other time, but this week, in New York, we call them one thing: “Fucked.” Because the Yankees have the best team they’ve had in years, and they’re about to win their first World Series since 2000. Granted, it’s eight years late, but sometimes we need to play catch-up. For those who will have to tolerate watching the seven games with you — or watching the Phillies lose in four — we’ve come up with some decent alternatives to your average digs you’d watch baseball, for those who might find this a less-than-pleasurable experience. Batter up.

Warren 77: The New York Rangers’ own Vogue intern, Sean Avery, has a stake in this swank Tribeca sports bar place. People have said the food tastes like something you’d dig up on the third baseline, which: possibly true! Though we’ve never tried it. To their credit: for a sports bar, pretty stylish digs in a pretty stylin’ neighborhood with a lack of decent, upscale places to watch a game. Bring your pre-Avenue gaggle of girls here and drink to Damon maybe — just maybe — not throwing like a girl scout for once in his life, tonight.

Brooklyn Bowl: Oh, you better believe it. A big, beautiful hi-def screen in front of every one of their lanes, and they’ll be blasting the game and the jams each night that they’re playing. Throw in Blue Ribbon’s table/lane service of awesome, awesome bites and oh yeah: bowling. Bowling while watching baseball. With Blue Ribbon food. And jams. A win-win situation on all fronts.

Brass Monkey: Go West, Young Adventurer! Or if you’ve been dragged into the District of The Packing of Meat, or the District Where Figurative Meat Is Now Packed In Place of Literal Meat, and you’re (A) not the clurrb’ing type or (B) would rather be watching the Yankees game somewhere DJ Asshat isn’t raping you in the ears at deafening volumes with his Pucini/Oakenfold/Shakur mashup, go to Brass Monkey! It’s right in the ‘hood, it’s gritty, it’s old New York, and it’s gonna be a party, sans bottle service and/or Jersey’s “Finest.”

Milady’s: Again, an important joint for how unlikely it is, but god only knows how long Milady’s has been around (answer: for-ev-er). Step off, SoHo House: you and your anti-suit eugenics can find some balls here, an honest-to-god neighborhood joint of the highest pedigree. Everything at Milady’s is just decent, but isn’t that just how you need it, sometimes?

Blaue Gans: You want actually good food and the game? Tall order! Tribeca’s Blaue Gans — projecting the games on the “big screen” taking up the entire back wall that he’s also used for the elections and European soccer — is classic Kurt Gutenbrunner: sure, you can hit hard some ‘Weizen, and snack on the free soft pretzels and roasted almonds, but seriously? Go Gutenbrunner or go home: at least get a brat. You can pretend you’re uptown as it happens, except your “hot” “dog” will actually taste substantial and you won’t be embarrassingly gouged for it.

Corner Bistro: Asshole staff? Check. Great jukebox? Check. Overhyped burgers? Check. Yup. Plenty of people will be watching the game at the Corner Bistro. There’re worse places. At least it’s not Brother Jimmy’s?

Old Town Bar: Right by the BlackBook offices, the Corner Bistro that Corner Bistro wishes it were, cool beers, good burgers, great chili. Hell yeah, you’re going to Old Town, and you’re gonna enjoy yourself, too. Remember, as the sign out front will remind you: no bluenoses, and no bullshit, neither. Perfect location, mixed crowd, this should be your final answer, your fastball, down the middle. Oh, and they make a decent cheesesteak, too. Eat that, Philly fans.

New York: Top 10 Joints for an Easy Hook-Up

imageNew York City is a veritable hot zone for burning loins on a mission to be cooled. But where is one to go when craving a no-frills hook-up with no need to swap digits afterward? If you’re over the romance, and have already exhausted our targeted tips for boys and girls — here’s a little something for everyone looking for a little something.

Felix (Soho) – Your best bet for a little Sunday afternoon delight. Go for the brunch, stay for the booty. The wait for a table is so long that you will have met five potential hook-ups and ingested three Bloody Marys by the time you sit down. ● Hudson Terrace (Midtown West) – If you’ve read even one article in the past month about nightlife, then you’ve definitely heard of this highly publicized pick-up zone. Attractive people are flocking to the West Side Highway lounge for its large roof and loud music with a clear mission to make a match, for the evening at least. In fact, the music is so loud, you needn’t produce semi-witty banter before you begin to bump n’ grind.

Gansevoort Roof Deck (Meatpacking District) – Now that summer’s here, the flesh is fully exposed atop the Gansevoort Hotel’s roof on Saturdays and Sundays for the weekend’s daylong Plunge party. This gives all the boys and girls not one but two days to lounge around the pool paying $15 per drink, all the while honing in on Mr. or Ms. Right-now. By 7 p.m. everyone is tipsy, and you may even meet one of the many promoters with bottles to lighten the bill. Drop names Tony, Ruben, Richie, or Morgan at the front. The rest is up to you. ● Pianos (Lower East Side) – Are you in the mood for a little hipster love? Surprisingly, this live music go-to spot on the Lower East Side actually has much more to offer than tight jeans-wearing boys with flat ironed-straight hair. You can find quite a selection of suitable hook-ups listening to the band, eating and drinking in the front, or getting cozy on the couch upstairs. The place is somewhat legendary, so the draw is still there, and so are the singles. ● M2 (Chelsea) – Nothing like a massive Chelsea club to quench your hook-up thirst. The sheer magnitude of people makes your odds at snagging a mate for the evening uniquely high. I’ve never been there without getting hit on at least 28 times, which also helps me remember what street its on. ● Lexington Bar and Books (Upper East Side) – I know I know, it’s way too far uptown. But do you want to score or not? If you are a lady in your 20s or even (gasp!) 30s, you’ll nab yourself an older gent with money to pay for your drinks as well as a fine pack of Dunhill’s, since it’s a smoking establishment. Vice versa goes for the young fellas. The cougars in this place are just waiting to snatch up some prey to take home to their Classic Six lairs. ● Corner Bistro (West Village) – Go for the burgers, stay for the booty. Where else can you find a place so casual hosting a mishmash of twenty- and thirty-somethings chomping down the best burgers in town for under $10 a pop? After all that beef, it’s only natural to find someone to burn off the calories with. ● Underbar (Gramercy) – Even the name even implies you’ll be getting under someone. Anyplace dark and subterranean with couches and candles is good for snagging some action. Underbar’s stylish but easy to get into, so the bridge and tunnel crowd can take over on weekends. But who are you to turn down B&Ters out of hand, you elitist snob? Plus, such a partner will have to run to the last train at Penn Station, which gets them out faster. Warning: If they miss the last train, you may be stuck with a unwanted sleepover, so keep an eye on the clock. ● Joshua Tree (Murray Hill) – Strictly for frat boys and their ilk — those perhaps most inclined to prowl for an evening hook-up, so you need the most help. The best time to go is when there’s a game on during happy hour. You and your potential match will high-five each other when your team scores, then proceed to some scoring of your own. ● Hudson Bar at Hudson Hotel (Midtown West) – Shimmering white floors as far as the eye can see make even the most jaded of New Yorkers happier, not to mention easier on the eye. Being attached to a hotel with readily available rooms (showers with a view of the bedroom) is a bonus. This fairy-tale cocktail lounge will make ladies feel like Cinderella at the ball — only the curfew is way past midnight.