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The Smith is a chain restaurant that started in the East Village, and it’s sort of like a mid-tier sedan. Not too flashy, but it gets the job done.
At The Fly, you eat chicken and drink wine. In other words, it’s pretty ideal, and you should grab some dinner at this Bed-Stuy spot.
The original Au Cheval in Chicago makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and the location in Tribeca serves a damn good one as well.
For a place where dinner costs $255, Momofuku Ko is surprisingly relaxed. The tasting menu changes often, but expect excellent food.
Just next door to Momofuku Ko, you’ll find this relatively casual spot with a constantly-changing a la carte menu.
Raku serves the city’s best udon. Try it in several forms at this Japanese spot in Soho.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Archie’s is a pizza place in Bushwick serving simple pan pies that are exactly what you want before or after a night out.
Buvette is a French restaurant in the West Village that’s great for a date or a really good breakfast. Just be aware that it can get pretty cramped.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
Gran Tivoli is an Italian spot in Nolita that’s best for drinks and a light bite rather than a full dinner.
All of the food at Dirt Candy is vegetarian, but you should come to this East Village tasting menu spot no matter how you feel about meat.
The Ten Bells is a natural wine bar on the Lower East Side that serves some good small plates and $1 Happy Hour oysters every day.
Phayul is a Tibetan restaurant hidden up a flight of stairs in Jackson Heights, and it’s an excellent spot for some casual soup and momos.
Violet is an Italian restaurant in the East Village that specializes in really thin flatbread pizza.