Karakatta is a casual new ramen restaurant in Greenwich Village from the people behind one of the best places to get ramen on the Lower East Side (Mr. Taka). This 12-seat spot specializes in spicy ramen, and while there are other things on the menu, those are what we’d recommend you stick with (besides the pork buns, which should be on your table). Just know that given its proximity to NYU, it feels a little bit like a mini-dining hall in here.
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Blue Haven is a bar on Houston Street where you should watch college sports (just make a reservation ahead of time).
We found pretty much everything we ordered at Fish to be supremely mediocre, and in some cases surprisingly bad.
Vol de Nuit
If you’re grabbing drinks with a friend, Vol du Nuit is a low-key Greenwich Village bar with mostly Belgian beers and a nice patio space.
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Ennju is a counter-service Japanese cafe near Union Square where you can eat a quick lunch or pick up discount sushi after 9pm.
Ronin’ Stones is a speakeasy-type bar on the LES that plays great music and serves yakitori skewers.
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Tokyo Record Bar
Tokyo Record Bar is a basement in Greenwich Village where you eat a seven-course tasting menu and request songs from their vinyl collection.
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