If you hung up some pictures and brought a few more tables into your studio apartment, you’d wind up with something like Piccola Strada. This is a miniscule Italian spot in the East Village where you’ll find a bunch of red-sauce classics. Ossobuco, penne a la vodka - that’s the sort of stuff they have. It isn’t the very best Italian in town, but it’s pretty cheap, and it’s BYOB.
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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.
Whatever your restaurant need, Lil Frankie’s can probably solve it. This is the ultimate utility player.
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A bit more touristy and a bit more parent-y than we remember, but Peasant still has a few home run dishes worth visiting for.
Scalinatella doesn’t serve the best Italian on the Upper East Side, but it’s a good spot for an old-school experience.
Dante is the rebirth of a beloved 100-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant. It’s ideal for a first date over drinks and small plates.
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