Heidi’s House by the Side of the Road, or HHBTSOTR if you’re short on time, sounds like a trinket store you’d see when you pull off the highway for gas in rural Vermont. Don’t let the name throw you, though, because this a good spot to drop in for a drink and affordable bite on your way home from work, and the dark, narrow space works for solo dining or a low-key date at the bar. Get the very thick burger on an English muffin or the crispy mac and cheese with bacon and jalapenos.
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Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
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The East Pole
With its downtown vibe and solid menu, The East Pole is exactly the youthful shot in the arm the Upper East Side needed.
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After five years in business, ABC Kitchen is still pretty. But after a recent change in chef, the food is just pretty good.
A Korean-ish small plates spot in the East Village that’s affordable, tasty, and really fun.
The Happiest Hour
For those times in your life when you just need a stiff drink and delicious burger in the West Village, The Happiest Hour is the move.
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The New York experience is really about making this gigantic metropolis feel smaller. We’re really all just looking for a few comfortable places with familiar faces in them to retreat to after a long day. Viand is one of those places.
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