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Atomix is a restaurant in Nomad where you sit around a counter and eat a 10-course, $175 Korean tasting menu. For a special experience, it’s worth it.
The world’s first shabushabu omakase restaurant, owned by the people behind Cocoron, is a unique experience in a number of ways.
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
Blanca is a 12-seat tasting-menu restaurant hidden in a room behind Roberta’s. And it’s incredible.
Does La Esquina have the best Mexican food in NYC? No. But it is in a secret basement in Nolita, and it’s worth a trip for the experience.
Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Glou is a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s one of your best options in the area for a first/early date.
Peppa’s in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a counter-service Caribbean spot about a block from the park.
886 is a casual Taiwanese restaurant on St. Mark’s in the East Village. It’s good for a fun and affordable group dinner.
La Morada is a Mexican restaurant in Mott Haven with seven different kinds of mole, some excellent tacos, and many other things you’ll want to eat.
Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
West-Bourne is an all-day cafe in SoHo where you can eat a great mushroom reuben or a bowl of vegetables that tastes better than it should.
Holy Ground is a below-ground Tribeca spot that looks like an old-school steakhouse, but actually specializes in slow smoked meats.
The Black Ant is a Mexican restaurant in the East Village with good cocktails and less-good food.