Great breakfast burritos are a rarity in this city, and Downtown Bakery does them extremely well. Theirs are packed tight with steamy scrambled eggs, black beans galore, onions, peppers, and jack cheese to bind everything together. The morning is our preferred time to visit this small, cash-only Mexican counter, but their tortas and tamales with mole poblano are worth trying, too.
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Bibi is a plain-looking little wine bar in the East Village that’s perfect for a low-key date night.
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea is a tea shop chain with stores around the city, including this reliable one on St. Marks spot.
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You’re probably going to have a conversation about Essex at some point. Make that conversation about their bottomless brunch.
Mariscos El Submarino
Mariscos El Submarino is a casual Mexican seafood restaurant in Jackson Heights that serves excellent aguachile.
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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
Zaragoza is a longstanding Mexican deli in the East Village where you can get a couple of tacos, tamarind candy, and a jar of green enchilada sauce.
Yellow Rose in the East Village specializes in fantastic Texan food and homemade tortillas made with Sonoran flour.
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