The Crooked Knife is the rare average-food establishment you can actually enjoy because every other aspect is way above average, especially if you’re in the market for boozy brunch. The staff is friendly (no small feat, especially when everyone is drunk by 1pm), they take reservations for groups both small and large, the environment is “cute” and comfortable, the drinks are strong, and there’s a great outdoor patio. If you’re more interested in experience than you are in food for bottomless brunch (which you probably are), head here. For $39, you get two hours of unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys, and an entree.
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Toriko is a yakitori spot in the West Village that serves omakase menus focused on excellent grilled chicken skewers.
We love Piccolo Angolo because it’s the antithesis of every other restaurant within walking distance. There is nothing cool or buzzworthy happening here, just really good, classic Italian food that will make you happy and probably very fat.
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Pies ‘n’ Thighs
The new Pies ‘n’ Thighs has opened its doors, and Williamsburg’s most influential hipsters are rejoicing. This new, larger location is still turning out amazing fried chicken and comfort food classics.
Pheasant is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant in Williamsburg where you and your friends should spend a few hours on a Wednesday evening.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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