Bricia is a quiet neighborhood Italian restaurant right near the Williamsburg Bridge on the Lower East Side. It's open for brunch and dinner, and the specialty here is homemade pasta (which you can get for around $15). This is the kind of casual, never-too-crowded place where you could sit with a laptop and work, or hang out with a friend for a few hours while the chef periodically checks in and refills your bread basket.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
Minnie’s is a casual little spot on the LES where you can stop by for a burger or a farro salad without a reservation on a Friday night.
Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
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La Pecora Bianca
A pleasant Italian restaurant in Nomad that makes all of its pasta from whole grains, we don’t love La Pecora Bianca, but we can accept it.
I Sodi serves excellent, classic Italian food and is a place where you’ll want to become a regular.
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Speedy Romeo LES
A smaller, very casual Lower East Side outpost of Brooklyn’s Speedy Romeo. They may be known for pizza, but that’s not the best thing here.
Clinton St. Baking Company
During brunch hours, it’s not uncommon for people outside Clinton Street Baking Company to wait two hours for the pure, fluffy cakes of ecstasy that this place is known for. We won’t join them…but we can’t blame them either.
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