Aside from some people who live deep in Bushwick and pride themselves on “avoiding Times Square like the plague” (while probably getting the actual, non-figurative plague in their decrepit studio apartments), most New Yorkers and visitors to the city find themselves in Midtown from time to time. Whether you’re hitting up a show at MoMA, catching a bus at Port Authority, or, you know, actually working in the neighborhood, it’s crucial to have some go-to restaurants and bars to call upon in times of need.

Yes, the area is strewn with overpriced tourist traps and depressing salad bars (looking at you, Chop’t). But it’s also home to some truly great eating and drinking experiences, from revered temples of fine-dining to extraordinary pizza and burger spots. You just have to know where to look.

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