Everything at Lamano is cooked behind the bar, and since the whole space is the size of a studio apartment, you’ll essentially take a sauna in the fumes of frying potatoes and searing meat no matter where you sit. We like this dark space for casual dates, even though it’s a bit more expensive than some other tapas spots in the West Village. The small plates are all good, especially the egg tortilla with truffle and the thinly sliced octopus with fried potatoes. The bread is also free and fresh - two important adjectives for bread.
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Wilfie & Nell
Wilfie & Nell is, first and foremost, a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you'll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good.
Sometimes you don’t want brunch. Sometimes you want breakfast at noon. There’s a difference. La Bonbonniere is a Village safe haven from all things hollandaise, and one of the best true breakfast joints in town.
The Happiest Hour
For those times in your life when you just need a stiff drink and delicious burger in the West Village, The Happiest Hour is the move.
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Huertas is a Spanish restaurant in the East Village that makes every group dinner easier.
The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a beautifully laid out space with a nice bar, plenty of room for hanging, an incredible wine list made up entirely of organic and sustainable wines, and an oyster happy hour every damn day. But despite also having a large menu of mostly Spanish small plates, eating a full-blown meal here is unnecessary.
Bar Jamón is basically Casa Mono's waiting room. However, for that First/Early in the Game Date, where dinner feels too formal but you are also starving, Bar Jamón was designed for you.
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The Black Ant
The Black Ant is a Mexican restaurant in the East Village with good cocktails and less-good food.
The traditional tapas restaurant may feel tired, but the food at this restaurant on the Lower East Side is very solid and reasonably priced.
El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
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