Bar Goto is mature, but we wouldn’t say it’s uptight. Sure, you aren’t going to meet anyone on the dance floor here - but that’s because there is no dance floor. This is a tiny Japanese-inspired cocktail bar on the LES where you can eat some very good bar snacks and have a martini with a cherry blossom in it. It’s like no other place in the area. Come here and pretend you’re in Tokyo for an hour or two. And if you end up hanging out for bit, try the miso chicken wings.
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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.
Gaia Italian Cafe
Gaia is a little Italian place on the LES that keeps weird hours and has good, cheap food.
Though the food at Bacaro is pretty good, it’s the kind of place you come to for the atmosphere.
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Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Momosan Ramen & Sake
Momosan is easy to miss as you walk down Lexington, but for a quick meal ramen lunch or dinner, keep it in mind.
Tampopo Ramen is a neighborhood Japanese spot in Washington Heights that has a sake menu you should explore during Happy Hour.
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Boilermaker is a casual cocktail bar just above the Lower East Side where you can get a well-made drink and some above-average bar food.
Parish is a bar on the Lower East Side that’s a good spot for Happy Hour and New Orleans-inspired food.
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