The New York City restaurants you NEED to visit if you're sober curious

The New York City restaurants you NEED to visit if you're sober curious

Three Spirit, the non-alcoholic spirit still bringing the social vibes, is stocked all over the US mainland. But if you're looking for some excitement this Sober October in the Big Apple, here are the places you need to check out.

Forget the standard club soda or staying in, these restaurants are serving delicious food, great atmosphere and fabulous cocktails.

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Sake No Hana

Influencers are in love with this venue from the famous Tao Group, with New York takes on Japanese modern classics, this lively restaurant occupies a dramatic, festive space. With a shareable menu of grilled teppanyaki dishes, yakitori skewers, Wagyu beef, creative sushi rolls, and a curated list of sakes, beers, and cocktails highlighting Japanese spirits. The space buzzes with alluring energy perfect for any celebration.

Hav & Mar

Located in the renowed arts district of Chelsea, Hav & Mar is a vibrant seafood house from Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The stunning dining room and dazzling bar hosts a mix of contemporary and classical design, combined with a globally inspired menu coming from thoughtfully sourced seafood and seasonal greenmarket produce. Gracious hospitality and show-stopping cocktails await, not to mention a groundbreaking wine list spotlighting BIPOC and female producers. Hav & Mar holds two stars from The New York Times. 


You want it? They've got it. This place is a real crowd-pleaser and absolutely HUGE. Formerly an old Brooklyn warehouse, this Italian restaurant has renovated the space into a multi-level dining atmosphere with wine bar, a 70-seat beer garden, and roof deck bar. Featuring Chef John DeLucie and Italian-born Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro as lead pizzaiolo. 


The most beautifully presented food you've ever seen. Aquavit offers exquisite seasonal Nordic cuisine in an incomparable restaurant setting, located in Midtown New York. With respect to tradition, a penchant for excellence and the conviction to try new techniques and ingredients, Aquavit transforms Nordic dishes with extraordinary care. With 2 Michelin stars and a 3 Stars rating by The New York Times, this visit is destined to be a special one.

Joanne Trattoria

Homestyle Italian on the Upper West Side. Not only a gorgeous Italian but offering fantastic and varied entertainment month-to-month. Watch out for the Monster Ball Drag Show this October on the 27th - come dressed as your best Lady Gaga! Just don't spill any of their gorgeous homestyle Italian pasta on your frock. Come in and feel right at home.


Dante is a legend of the Greenwich Village community since opening its doors in 1915. Now a registered New York City landmark, this modest meeting house has always attracted people from all walks of life: from famous actors to the down-at-heel of the beatnik generation, all of whom have found solace in its relaxed and unpretentious environment. "A lot of love in everything Dante does. Love of service, love of professionalism, of style, of invention, of hospitality, of tradition, of fun." - Robert Simonson, Punch & New York Times.


Jungsik offers a modern and unique understanding of contemporary Korean cuisine – the innovative Chef Jungsik Yim began his culinary journey during his army days, after his talent was recognized by the commanding officer who made him his personal chef. The name for the restaurant, Jungsik, is a play on words. In the Korean language Jung Sik is a formal dinner and it is also the name of our chef. Bold flavors and whimsical culinary on what has been termed "New Korean" cuisine.


HAGS is a tiny restaurant in the East Village neighborhood of NYC, by Queer people for all people. Accessibility is the priority and Sunday dinner is pay-what-you-can. Instead of a tasting menu with 10-plus courses that “bore people and run past their bedtimes,” as Chef Telly Justice puts it, HAGS offers a simple five-course prix fixe menu to reduce pedantry and eliminate food waste. The restaurant has just 20 seats.


Last but certainly not least, Roscioli is a Roman institution with close to 200 years of history. Endless research goes into sourcing only the finest ingredients. Today it’s known worldwide for the famous carbonara, nearly 300 artisan cheeses, 150 cured meats and over 3,000 wine labels in the cellar. A convivial spirit resides over this long standing establishment. 

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