Eastwood is a little beer-and-wine bar on the southernmost end of the Lower East Side, and it’s a nice place to hang out in the daytime. We wouldn’t bring a date here, but it’s good for a quiet beer with a friend. And if you’re hungry, these guys do a big menu of Middle Eastern bar food. So go ahead and have a pita or a lamb burger.
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A tiny little ramen spot on the Lower East Side, serving up some very good soups that aren't as heavy as many others.
Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
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Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
You’re going to need an hour on the train to get to Tanoreen. But if you appreciate Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, it’s more than worth it.
Kashkaval Garden is a neighborhood spot in Hell’s Kitchen with Mediterranean food that’s good for sharing and a nice back room for dates.
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Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
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