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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Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
The Smith is a chain restaurant that started in the East Village, and it’s sort of like a mid-tier sedan. Not too flashy, but it gets the job done.
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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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