Ovest is a neighborhood pizza spot on 27th street right by the High Line. This is the restaurant equivalent of someone who comes off as quiet and wholesome, but then turns out to be a little wild. There are candles, wood paneling, and a brick oven you can see from the dining room - but the ABBA pandora station plays loudly while groups of friends drink like they’re not planning on going to work tomorrow. This is one the best options in the neighborhood for Neapolitan pizza - just know that it’s not the place to bring someone for a quiet dinner where you talk about how much you like each other.
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This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
One of the few New York City restaurants you can count on for an excellent meal regardless of circumstance. Go for any meal or for a day on the patio.
Toro NYC is a bigger, louder, more party-time version of the Boston original. Hit it for the scene and a spoonful of uni, ham, and caviar.
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Barbuto is a West Village institution that’s still a great place to eat some pasta outside.
Fausto is a Park Slope Italian restaurant that’s great for a celebratory dinner or a date you really don’t want to mess up.
Don Angie is a modern Italian restaurant in the West Village that’s best enjoyed with a small group.
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Motel Morris is a slightly retro, motel-themed restaurant in Chelsea that’s cool enough for date night and nice enough for dinner with the parents.
Del Posto is an excellent special occasion restaurant, located in a big space in Chelsea. Think of it as a more upscale Babbo, or Daniel with pasta.
Empire Diner has opened and closed a few times over the years, but now it’s a sleek Southern-inspired restaurant in the same vintage space.
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