There’s pretty much no other restaurant in NYC like John’s Of 12th Street. This a classic Italian American spot in the East Village with huge portions, framed historical photos on the wall, and candles that have been burning mountains of wax for probably a hundred years straight (it opened in the early 1900s). But what’s different about this place is that there’s an entire menu dedicated to vegan options. So you can get your eggplant parm with vegan cheese and your in-laws can eat meatballs. If you’re a vegetarian but would rather avoid vegan cheese, we really like the lemon-y grilled portobello mushrooms with polenta and greens.
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The Roost is a bar that happens to also a be a coffee shop in the daytime. So feel free to work here during the day then bring a date at night.
Bibi is a plain-looking little wine bar in the East Village that’s perfect for a low-key date night.
Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
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A bit more touristy and a bit more parent-y than we remember, but Peasant still has a few home run dishes worth visiting for.
Bread And Salt
Bread And Salt is a BYOB pizza spot in Jersey City that serves some of our favorite slices around NYC.
Gaia Italian Cafe
Gaia is a little Italian place on the LES that keeps weird hours and has good, cheap food.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
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