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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Barrio Chino, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, is always busy and always worth the wait.
If you have ever been to Pianos to see a band in the back room, you probably didn't expect that it's the kind of place that would turn out some damn good bar food.
Tang Hotpot is a big place on Bowery where you and your friends can have a good time dipping high quality meats into a bubbling pot of broth.
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So it’s not often that a wine bar comes with an enthusiastic Infatuation Approval, but Terroir’s new outpost in Tribeca most certainly does.
The only thing that is keeping Rubriosa from being one of NYC’s classic Italian restaurants is time. Let’s eat vodka sauce pizza while we wait.
Lupa is an ideal spot for that early-in-the-week dinner in Greenwich Village that you sort of want to cancel but can’t.
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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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