This French-Mediterranean spot at the Moxy Hotel East Village is from the people behind Tao Downtown, which should give you a sense of how over the top it is. There are multiple dining rooms, but the main one has vaulted ceilings, stage curtains, and spotlights that give you the sense that you’re eating in a nightclub that used to be an old gothic-style church from the 18th Century. If you bring a large group here, you’ll have no problem finding a table, plus there’s an adjacent bar called Little Sister, where you can have a few post-dinner drinks. Brunch is available everyday till 11:30am here, which means you can also come by for a business meeting during the week.
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Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
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The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
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