Ferns is the sort of place where you bring a date when one of you might get hungry and you’re looking for something a little nicer than a dive bar. It’s in the East Village, and it’s a long room with a bar up front and a semi-secluded area in the back with a couple of tables. They serve a small menu of things like chicken liver mousse and fried shrimp, but we wouldn’t recommend trying to have a full meal here. The space feels a little like a cabin, and you can think of it as a slightly cooler alternative to The Wren or The Penrose.
More spots in East VillageSee more
Bruno in the East Village mills its own whole wheat flour, and tops its pizza with things like fermented tomatoes. It's...interesting.
Like the original, the East Village location of Emmy Squared serves great Detroit-style pizzas (and one of our favorite burgers).
More Bar Food spotsSee more
The Meat Hook
The Meat Hook is a butcher in Williamsburg that operates a restaurant inside Threes Brewing in Gowanus.
Cafe Select is an all-day spot in Soho that’s a good place to meet someone for drinks and a light bite after work.
Suggested by our writers
PDT (Please Don't Tell)
Please Don't Tell is about as close as you get to experiencing a real speakeasy in NYC.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more