Cafe Mocha is on one of the busiest corners the East Village, but it’s an under-the-radar American spot that serves things like omelettes and sandwiches during the day, along with charcuterie and some pastas at night. It’s a good place to get some food and read a book at a small table or the bar, or sit outside and people watch on 2nd Avenue.
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Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Porsena has never been about the ambiance – it’s always been about the pasta. And this is still pasta that’s worth serious praise.
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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
No, it’s not a bowling alley in Times Square. It’s the 25-year-old Keith McNally restaurant that’s way more fun than Balthazar.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
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Cafe Standard is the cafe/bar in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s open all day.
The Brazen Fox
The Brazen Fox is a nice two-story pub near Union Square where you can get a burger, drink a good beer, and watch some sports.
Spiegel is a cafe in the East Village that serves Mediterranean food and is useful for coffee meetings, weekday breakfast, or a low key brunch.
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