Paper Daisy is a casual cocktail bar down a set of stairs in the East Village. It has a bar area up front and a dimly lit room in the back filled with tables, and there’s also a little patio out front where you can hang out and watch tourists point at things on St. Marks. It’s a great spot for an early-in-the-game date, and it’s also ideal when you just want to sit down and have a conversation with someone without having to shout. If you get hungry, there are some solid bar snacks like a burger, a duck hot dog, and chicken liver toast.
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Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
For a place where dinner costs $255, Momofuku Ko is surprisingly relaxed. The tasting menu changes often, but expect excellent food.
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The Commodore is bad. Bad because merely looking at the food here will jack up your cholesterol thirty points, and worse because everything is so good that you’ll crave it all the time.
The Brooklyneer is most definitely a bar with food, not a restaurant with a bar. But in terms of bar food in New York City, this is some of the best around. Oh, and for all you crazy intense soccer fans out there, The Brooklyneer is the place to watch.
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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.
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