Although they aren’t braised, the pork trotters at Kimura are legendary and the collagen nabe (pork trotters are full of collagen, the skin-boosting superfood du jour) is worth a special trip. It’s one of the most popular dishes, and my personal favorite, at this Japanese hotpot restaurant on Saint Marks. Here, pig trotters are stewed for more than eight hours to create a rich, almost milky soup base and trotters as soft as jelly.
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Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Holiday Cocktail Lounge is a cross between a dive and a cocktail bar, and it's the sort of place you hope to find in the East Village.
A great East Village date night spot, especially when you get the adjacent cocktail lounge, Angel's Share, involved.
Veeray Da Dhaba
Veeray De Dhaba, an Indian spot in the East Village, has tiffin lunch specials that are some of the best deals you can find in the neighborhood.
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Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Geido is a great neighborhood sushi bar where you can scribble all over the walls and listen to R&B slow jams.
Tao is a huge restaurant and nightclub in Chelsea with drinks and food that are pretty good, but extremely expensive.
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