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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A local Infatuation mainstay, Esperanto’s got that little something special that that’s kept it in heavy rotation.
Otafuku x Medetai
Otafuku is a small takeout place in the East Village with excellent Japanese street food and a few counter seats.
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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.
Gersi is a casual, cash-only Italian place in Carroll Gardens where you can bring a date, get some red-sauce pasta, and maybe even sit outside.
Aita Trattoria is a neighborhood Italian spot in Crown Heights that’s perfect for eating lasagna and drinking some wine.
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