The Insider’s Guide to Mooching Off Industry Specials in NYC

Pro tip: The best way to get food and drink deals is to follow chefs and bartenders when they clock out.


If you wanted to know whether that mole on your shoulder was something to worry about, you’d ask a doctor. If you needed to determine whether that “check engine” light on your car was indicative of a major problem, you’d ask a mechanic. So if you wanted to discover some of the best eats in New York City, wouldn’t it only make sense to ask a chef? Better yet, you could simply find out where the food and drink industry pros eat after they’ve punched out, then (politely) muscle your way into the crowd.

Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you. Even better, we’ve narrowed our list of industry-approved restaurants and bars down to those places that offer special late-night and off-hours deals that cater to their fellow comrades-in-arms—as well as anyone else who tips well and is not a dick.

From $10 plates of pasta courtesy of a Michelin-starred chef, to a $7 bourbon-pickleback-PBR trifecta, here are 10 places where you can mooch off of industry specials (kitchen whites not required).

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