Il Fiorista sells flowers, offers classes like bouquet making and edible flowers 101, and serves dishes that include chrysanthemums and geraniums. But unless you come to this Nomad spot with all that in mind, you’ll just think it’s another attractive, all-day restaurant near Madison Square Park. Many of the Mediterranean dishes do include flowers, but hibiscus harissa doesn’t add much to the spot prawns and flowering marjoram does little to the very normal strip steak. Besides some excellent sweet potato sourdough, you don’t need to come here for the food, but you should keep the seating at the long bar in mind for casual dates or after-work drinks and snacks around Flatiron.
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The food at Eataly: La Pizza & Pasta is perfectly decent, even pretty damn good at times. But it's always just so damn crowded.
A long time Infatuation favorite. Blue Smoke is still serving some of the best BBQ you can find in NYC.
Eataly: La Birreria
We didn't see it coming, but we actually really dig the beer garden on the roof of Eataly. You’ll be hard pressed to find one with a larger variety of good things to eat, and the crowd is much more pleasant up here than in the tourist packed insanity that exists underneath it.
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Head spinning after a long day of getting dragged around Soho with the female? Find salvation in a crisp Blue Point Toasted Lager draft and steak frites at Jane. It’ll help restore the equilibrium. The predecessor to fratty East Village favorite, The Smith, Jane is its slightly more sophisticated older sister.
Runner & Stone
Don't make the trek down to Gowanus just for Runner & Stone, but if you want a reliable meal in the neighborhood, go for it.
15 Fox Place
15 Fox Place serves a $95 set menu of filling Italian-American food inside a private house in Jersey City.
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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
Balthazar, you had a good 16-year run, but it’s time to step aside. Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of bustling downtown NYC.
Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
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