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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Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
Sushi By M
Sushi By M is a no-frills spot in the East Village where you sit at a counter and eat an excellent 10-piece sushi omakase for $50.
Death & Co
Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
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Bati Ethiopian Restaurant
Bati Ethiopian Kitchen is a small Ethiopian spot in Fort Greene that's ideal for a small group or a date.
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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