If you’re thinking about going to Gaia (and you should), go to the website and find the information page right now. It’s labeled, “Informations.” At night, you must make a reservation, and you never know when they’re going to close. Just know that it will close early, all of the Italian food will be cheaper than it should be, and Gaia herself will be there. For a good, cheap, and BYOB meal on the LES, come here.
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Clinton St. Baking Company
During brunch hours, it’s not uncommon for people outside Clinton Street Baking Company to wait two hours for the pure, fluffy cakes of ecstasy that this place is known for. We won’t join them…but we can’t blame them either.
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
Ivan Ramen is an extremely popular ramen spot from Japan, now in the Lower East Side.
Though the food at Bacaro is pretty good, it's the kind of place you come to for the atmosphere. Exposed brick, crystal chandeliers, one large white candle on each table...if you can actually manage to get a date to come to this part of Manhattan, at least know you're probably going to close the deal.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
A legendary East Village Italian restaurant that we have decided we can now only visit when nobody else will be eating there. Like at 3pm on a Tuesday.
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