Cafe Rue Dix is where you should meet friends for dinner and drinks before a night out in the neighborhood. This French-Senegalese spot is covered in West African masks, the bar is painted with geometric patterns that look like Senegalese textiles, and loud afrobeat music is always playing. Try to sit still while you order the beef mafe (peanut stew) or a whole branzino.
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Lucali is a walk-in-only spot in Carroll Gardens that serves the best pizza in New York City.
Fei Long Food Court
If you want to grab a quick lunch in Sunset Park, stop by Fei Long Food Court and get some congee, roast pork, or soup dumplings.
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Raoul’s has been a Soho institution since the '70s. If you can’t have a good time at this French bistro, you probably can’t have a good time anywhere.
Yatenga is a casual neighborhood French restaurant with outdoor seating, daily Happy Hour, and some very good mac and cheese.
Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
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Aita Trattoria is a neighborhood Italian spot in Crown Heights that’s perfect for eating lasagna and drinking some wine.
Trinidad Golden Palace Restaurant
Trinidad Golden Place is a cash-only Trinidadian bakery in Crown Heights that makes incredible pastries, massive roti, and Chinese-American dishes.
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