Otafuku x Medetai is a small Japanese street food restaurant in the East Village. It specializes in takoyaki (doughy balls stuffed with grilled octopus) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). They also make a dessert called Taiyaki, which is a fish-shaped puff pastry filled with Nutella and banana. We are big fans for takeout lunch, but they have a few counter seats if you want to dine in.
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Jiang Diner is a casual East Village spot that specializes in Northwestern Chinese food.
Empellon Al Pastor
New York City will never be LA, Austin, San Diego, or Mexico, but we suddenly have some quality taco options to choose form. Add Empellón Al Pastor to that list.
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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.
Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
Momosan Ramen & Sake
Momosan is easy to miss as you walk down Lexington, but for a quick meal ramen lunch or dinner, keep it in mind.
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Pylos is a longtime Greek restaurant in the East Village, and it’s a perfect back-pocket spot.
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