Dig Inn is a fast-casual chain where you pick a protein, a grain, and two sides. You wait in line, order at a counter, and choose either small or large portions. The vegetable sides are all pretty healthy except for the mac & cheese, which you can probably skip. Stop by for a quick, warm meal when the choice is between this and pizza, and you’re trying to be nicer to your body. Pro tip: ask for a side of hot sauce.
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Nonono is a Japanese restaurant in Nomad where you can try a ton of great food and still have an affordable dinner.
Turntable Chicken Jazz
Party time fried chicken in Midtown that’s absurdly addicting and a fun place to eat food if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
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.
Although they’re known for their libations at Fort Defiance, this restaurant doesn’t feel like one of those super-cool, pretentious cocktail dens that we all know too well. It has the promise of the perfect neighborhood spot that, if we lived in this hood, we’d frequent all the time.
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Dill & Parsley
Dill & Parsley is a fast-casual place in Midtown where you can get some sort-of-healthy Mediterranean food.
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