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Cafe Luxembourg on the UWS is a classic French bistro from the same team as The Odeon in Tribeca.
Despite the wait times, we wholeheartedly recommend having a fun, seafood-dominated meal at Cervo’s on the Lower East Side.
This Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is an excellent place for date night, brunch, or just went you want a great bowl of pasta.
Contra is a Lower East Side restaurant that serves a rotating menu of seasonal, experimental dishes, and wine that’s cooler than you are.
You don’t have to play tennis or own a beach house to love this West Soho Italian cafe, you’ll just embody that energy while you’re here.
In 2021, Llama Inn in Williamsburg has loosened up into a laid-back Peruvian spot we’d visit on a random Tuesday night.
Deluxe Green Bo is a cash-only spot in Chinatown that makes great xiao long bao.
This Chinese restaurant on St. Marks in the East Village is home to some of the best soup dumplings in Manhattan.
Zaragoza is a longstanding Mexican deli in the East Village where you can get a couple of tacos, tamarind candy, and a jar of green enchilada sauce.
Roberta’s is a pizza place in Bushwick that kickstarted a Neapolitan pie movement in NYC and then started selling frozen pizzas nationwide.
Colonia Verde is a Latin American restaurant in Fort Greene that’s ideal for date night outside.
There’s only one thing at the menu at Eim Khao Mun Kai: a Thai version of Hainanese chicken. It comes with a side of broth, and it’s very good.
Dek Sen is a small, cash-only Thai spot in Elmhurst that excels at dessert. Get the pad kee mao, and be sure to try the massive milo sizzling roti.
Summer is a Vietnamese counter-service spot that makes the best banh mi in Elmhurst.