Banc Café

Manhattan – Midtown East

Banc Café

431 Third Ave at 30th St
Manhattan, NY 10016

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Time Out NY The owners of Sunnyside"s rustic hangout Blooms Public House--which burned down in 2003--now run this seductive restaurant-cum-lounge. The space boasts a vaulted-arch ceiling and a sleek bar adorned with imported Italian beers. The plates are large and impressive too, especially the tender charred yellowfin tuna and a chopped-sirloin burger that dripped with juice. Finicky eaters can craft a whole meal from the tapas menu: golden cubes of fried Brie are served with prosciutto slices and a sweet port-wine reduction, and coconut shrimp is paired with a sweet papaya-mango-pineapple salsa. Add a weekend DJ and happy hour from 5 to 8pm and it"s no wonder why so many tapas-and-'tini-loving locals are sticking around the neighborhood come nightfall.

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  • Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V

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