Rintintin is a bright brunch spot on Spring Street in Soho that’s pleasant enough for your friends to spend time in, but not too nice for your friends to feel weird about getting a little drunk in. It’s usually crowded, but they take reservations (if you’re a planner) and have seats at the bar while you wait for a table (if you’re not). This place feels a little like a bar and has decent Mediterranean food like baba ganoush or a burger that comes on on pita.
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Most everything on the menu at Charlie Bird is fantastic. They do service and wine better than almost anyone else.
Cafe Select is an all-day spot in Soho that’s a good place to meet someone for drinks and a light bite after work.
Sola Pasta Bar
Sola Pasta Bar is from a chef who apparently had a Michelin star in Italy at one point - which is surprising, because the pasta here is very bad.
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Kashkaval Garden is a neighborhood spot in Hell’s Kitchen with Mediterranean food that’s good for sharing and a nice back room for dates.
Pomp & Circumstance
Pomp & Circumstance is a small Mediterranean spot in Williamsburg that’s a good place to get drinks and a light bite with a date.
If you want some decent Mediterranean small plates and an obscure glass of wine in Bushwick head to Petra. It’s great for a low-key date night.
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You don’t have to play tennis or own a beach house to love this West Soho Italian cafe, you’ll just embody that energy while you’re here.
Jack's Wife Freda
A good spot for your weekend brunch rotation, but don't rely on it for dinner. Jack's Wife Freda does not get better when the sun goes down.
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