Blue Ribbon has operated a garden on a rooftop at the LES Thompson Hotel for several years, and they’ve rebranded with a Japanese theme. There’s a short food menu that includes sushi handrolls, plus frozen beers and boozy popsicles in flavors like bourbon-choco-banana and mint julep. Come with a group for a daytime hang - they also have ping pong tables.
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Jajaja is a vegan Mexican restaurant on the LES. Is it the best Mexican in the city? No. But if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably be into it.
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Sushi Of Gari Tribeca
For us, there are few culinary pleasures in life that exceed sushi bar swagging at Sushi of Gari, watching an old master fish sculptor slice up some heavenly creations destined for our bellies. Unfortunately, this Gari location is our least favorite yet.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Omakase Room By Tatsu
This underground West Village space is a serious, quiet place for a pricey sushi meal that lasts 90 minutes.
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