Casa Nonna is the sort of place where you can plan a last-minute dinner for your boss or some clients when you need something nice in the Garment District and you don’t want to get fired. The food is Italian, and while it isn’t the best you’ll find in NYC, the pastas are solid, there are plenty of options, and they have a side eggplant parm that’s one of the better ways to get a serving of vegetables. The space is also huge, with a bunch of big round tables and leather booths, and at any given time there will probably be at least three boat owners here.
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Luke’s Lobster Garment District
Like their other locations around the city, Luke’s Lobster in the Garment District is a great place for lunch or a quick lobster roll.
Beyond Sushi is a counter-service spot in the Garment District that specializes in sushi rolls that don’t actually have any fish in them.
Bonchon is a Korean chain that specializes in fried chicken, and their Midtown location works for a group hang.
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Casa Apicii is the West Village Italian restaurant you hit up when you need to feel like an oligarch. An oligarch who loves pasta.
Eataly: La Birreria
We didn't see it coming, but we actually really dig the beer garden on the roof of Eataly. You’ll be hard pressed to find one with a larger variety of good things to eat, and the crowd is much more pleasant up here than in the tourist packed insanity that exists underneath it.
Don Angie is a modern Italian restaurant in the West Village that’s best enjoyed with a small group.
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An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
Farida is a casual Central Asian restaurant in Midtown with excellent food and a fun atmosphere.
It seems like lately, all of the Korean food we’ve been eating has been of the “trendy re-interpretation” variety. While we’re fine with that, occasionally we get a craving for a more traditional meal, and for that, we head to Madangsui.
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