If you’re looking for an easy Italian option in the East Village at any time of the day, San Marzano has your back. But it’s most useful for a boozy brunch. You can get bottomless mimosas for $10, and the egg dishes and paninis max out at $9, and the vibe is surprisingly low-key. Plus, the patio is a nice place to people watch on Second Avenue.
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A local Infatuation mainstay, Esperanto’s got that little something special that that’s kept it in heavy rotation since before Ave. C was cool.
Looking for a unique spot to impress on a First/Early In The Game date? If he or she likes wine and raw fish, Desnuda is your jam.
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Antica Pesa is both crazy and endearing, and a far cry from some of the other restaurants around here that hand you some food and a paper napkin and then wait for you to leave.
Santa Panza is a neighborhood pizza place in Bushwick that’s great for nearly any casual dining situation.
Whatever your restaurant need, Lil Frankie’s can probably solve it. This is the ultimate utility player.
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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.
CK14 - The Crooked Knife
The food at CK-14 won’t blow your mind, but the friendly staff, huge patio, and strong drinks make up for it.
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