Of all the Blue Ribbon spots, this is the smallest and most neighborhood-y. It’s a tiny bar on quiet street in the West Village, and it’s perfect for a low-key drink (if you manage to get a seat). The whole place consists of one bar with around 10 seats and a little counter to the side. So don’t bring a group here, but do bring a date if you want to have a few drinks with the option of food. The menu has mostly small stuff like cheese, steak tartare, and a variety of toasts
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Red Paper Clip
Red Paper Clip serves a very good six-course tasting menu for $95 in a bare West Village space.
The Banty Rooster serves very good Southwestern-inspired food in a big, casual West Village space.
Fedora is in the basement of a townhouse in the West Village, and it feels like a dinner party in a speakeasy that your friends happen to own.
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People are waiting an hour for egg sandwiches at Nolita’s Egg Shop. Is it worth it? Time to investigate.
Hunky Dory is an all-day restaurant in Crown Heights that serves a fairly random assortment of things you’ll want to eat. (And it’s great for brunch.)
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