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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Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant
Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant is the East Village location of an excellent Jackson Heights spot, and it’s the best option for momos in the area.
Sunny & Annie’s Gourmet Deli
Sunny & Annie’s is a deli in the East Village that makes massive sandwiches in about a hundred different styles.
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Pasta Dal Cuore
Pasta Dal Cuore is a BYOB Italian spot in Jersey City that serves some very good housemade pastas.
A legendary East Village Italian restaurant that we have decided we can now only visit when nobody else will be eating there. Like at 3pm on a Tuesday.
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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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