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Izakaya Toribar serves a large variety of great yakitori and kushikatsu in a dark basement space in Midtown East.
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This restaurant serves unique Korean-Southern small plates in a compact room in Noho with a lively crowd.
An ice cream shop by day, this East Village spot turns into a bar at night serving beer, wine, and interesting small plates.
This Middle Eastern restaurant/gift shop in Harlem has a downstairs space with live music that makes you feel like you're at the coolest basement party ever.
Foul Witch is an Alphabet City wine bar opened by the Roberta's team. Their small plates and excellent beverage list are worth the hype.
Reyna, a Toronto import near Union Square, serves Mediterranean fusion food in a loungy space. This large restaurant is ideal for drinks and sharing small plates.
Ariari is a small, casual Korean spot in the East Village with unique seafood dishes and comforting hot pot-style bowls of soup.
Shinka Ramen & Sake Bar
Shinka, tucked away inside a Chinatown hotel, is a great place to drink, watch sports, and eat a unique bowl of ramen with brisket and bone marrow.
53's stylish dining rooms should be studied at Parsons. This modern Asian restaurant in Midtown from the Marea team is one of your best options for an upscale dinner in the city.
Stop by E.A.K. Ramen in the West Village for hard-to-find iekei-style ramen and crispy gyoza on a cast iron plate.
Smyth Tavern makes one of the best burgers in Tribeca, but not much else here is worth mentioning.
An Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from José Andrés, this Nomad spot has a relaxing, seaside resort-like setting. Prioritize the seafood mezze.
This Midtown location of Tsurutontan serves sushi and unique bowls of udon in a big space with tons of seating spread out over three floors.
THEP is a Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side with an attractive space but uneven food.
Sojourn on the Upper East Side has a menu influenced by a lot of different cuisines, and it's a solid option for when all you need is somewhere that’s “just fine.”
By the time you finish paying your bill, you'll already want to come back to this yakitori restaurant in Midtown.