Haile is a small spot on Avenue B near Tompkins Square Park with excellent Ethiopian food. Every main here comes with two vegetable sides (one of yours should be the chickpeas) and enough injera (spongy flatbread) to feed you for two meals. Haile’s space is quiet and comfortable enough for a date, dinner with relatives, or the small group of people at work you actually feel like hanging out with after work.
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The Poni Room
The Poni Room is a bar underneath Saxon + Parole in the East Village, and it’s a good spot to have drinks and small plates with a date.
High quality East Village omakase sushi for under $100, with a side of club music if you come on the weekend.
Amor y Amargo
Amor y Amargo is a standing-room-only cocktail bar in the East Village that focuses on drinks made with bitters.
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Bunna Cafe, the vegan Ethiopian spot in Bushwick, is an excellent spot to share a giant plate of food with people you like.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Empellon Al Pastor
New York City will never be LA, Austin, San Diego, or Mexico, but we suddenly have some quality taco options to choose form. Add Empellón Al Pastor to that list.
Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.
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