If you’re walking on 2nd Avenue in the East Village and see a line stretching around the corner to get into Professor Thom’s, you don’t need to check ESPN to see what’s going on. If it’s Saturday, there’s a Michigan football game, and if it’s Sunday, Tom Brady is playing against people 20 years younger wearing six fewer Super Bowl rings. This dark, slightly underground bar gets extremely crowded, so if you plan on eating giant plates of nachos covered in pulled pork and roasted corn, or you don’t want to shoulder past Michigan Greek life alums to get to the bar, you should make a reservation way ahead of time.
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Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
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Looking for a good place to post up for a night of game watching, beer drinking, and good grubbing? Reservoir is the place to do it. Underrated bar food.
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