When your group doesn’t feel like hanging at Penny Farthing for two hours until a table opens up at Han Dynasty, head to Hunan Bistro instead. The bright, casual Chinese spot serves dishes like dan dan noodles and dumplings in chili oil, along with some less familiar options like stir-fried frog and preserved duck. You’ll rarely have trouble getting a table, the portions are pretty large, and almost everything on the menu is under $20.
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Saxon + Parole
Saxon + Parole is not quite a place The Infatuation seeks out. But if you’re with a bunch of girlfriends, want a fun club scene, and don’t mind dropping $44 for some wings, you’ll love it.
A sleepy-looking Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village that deserves your attention.
High quality East Village omakase sushi for under $100, with a side of club music if you come on the weekend.
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Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Hao Noodle & Tea
A Chinese restaurant in the West Village with awesome food but frequently very confused service.
Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
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A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Authenticity is the name of the game at Somtum Der, an East Village restaurant with one other location – Bangkok. Follow our Food Rundown to navigate the huge menu and avoid the mediocre dishes.
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