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Via Carota is a walk-in only Italian spot in the West Village, and there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait a few hours for a table. It’s worth it.
Bukhara Grill is an Indian restaurant in Midtown East that makes some of the best dal in the city.
LaLou is a natural wine bar in Prospect Heights where you should get drinks and dinner no matter what your feelings are towards natural wine.
Niche Niche is a dinner party inside a Soho townhouse, where there’s a different wine list and menu every night.
Roll N Roaster is a fast food place in Sheepshead Bay that’s been around since 1971, and it specializes in roast beef sandwiches and melted cheese.
Sky Cafe is a small spot in Elmhurst where you’ll find excellent Indonesian food.
Chama Mama is a Georgian restaurant in Chelsea where you can get a good stew and some excellent khachapuri. Bring a group, and order a lot.
Keens is a Midtown steakhouse with tons of history, but even if you don’t care about Albert Einstein’s smoking pipe, you’ll eat some great meat.
Wayla is a fun spot on the Lower East Side, and it’s on our shortlist for best Thai food in NYC.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
The Fulton in the South Street Seaport is where you should go to eat phenomenal seafood while looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Melba’s is a spot in Harlem with some great fried chicken, catfish, and waffles. Try it for a casual meal, and get a side of mac and cheese.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves the best udon in the city.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.