Peng’s is a Chinese-slash-ramen spot that’s one of the Upper East Side’s more underrated restaurants. We like the ramen here best (particularly the minced pork one), but their dumplings are also solid, as are the broth-less banmen dishes, and the rice donburis. Nothing on the menu is over $15, and there are also plenty of sakes, making this an ideal low-key weeknight meal.
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The New York experience is really about making this gigantic metropolis feel smaller. We’re really all just looking for a few comfortable places with familiar faces in them to retreat to after a long day. Viand is one of those places.
La Shuk is a casual Moroccan restaurant in the East 100s that’s perfect for a low-key date or dinner with your kids on a Sunday night.
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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.
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Sushi Seki Upper East Side
Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
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