Partly because there’s room here to move your limbs, and partly because the waiters here aren’t wearing suspenders or monocles, Pouring Ribbons is a speakeasy that doesn’t feel like a speakeasy. It’s on the second floor above a liquor store on Avenue B, and thanks to that deep East Village location, it’s also nowhere near as slammed as Death & Co. Come on a date when you want impressive cocktails, but you also want to hear each other talk.
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A staple in the Infatuation playbook since back in 2003 when we were standing in line outside of terrible Manhattan night clubs and listening to nothing but Brand New and 50 Cent. The fish here is always fresh and fantastic, and the lobster roll is very solid.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
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