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. Breakfast 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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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.
Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue
One of the best BBQ options in New York City, Might Quinn’s started at Smorgasburg and is becoming a smoked meat empire.
Even though it might not be the coolest of the East Village Italian restaurants, Lavagna is right up there with the best.
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The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
Little Prince needs a lot of fine tuning. We really wanted to love this place. But don’t hire a bunch of waiters just because they look cool, and don’t fail on technique when you’re serving French food.
Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
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Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Bowery Meat Company
An East Village steakhouse that doesn’t really feel like a steakhouse. And that’s a good thing.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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