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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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
A Korean-ish small plates spot in the East Village that’s affordable, tasty, and really fun.
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Three blocks from the Barclays Center, Chuko is not only an ideal pre-game move, but our favorite ramen joint in Brooklyn.
All observations about the clientele aside, Nobu 57 is still a pretty damn good meal. It’s hard not to love those classic dishes, as long as you can swallow the hefty price tag.
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886 is a casual Taiwanese restaurant on St. Mark’s in the East Village. It’s good for a fun and affordable group dinner.
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