Sonnyboy is an Australian cafe on the Lower East Side from the people behind another attractive place to drink spritzes and oat milk, Banter. This place is open all day, and we like it for brunch and Happy Hour a bit more than for a full sit-down dinner. Food-wise, you can get everything from gluten-free pancakes to a breakfast sandwich with a thick sausage patty, melted cheddar, and chili jam, and if you come at Happy Hour (4-7pm every day), you can get a burger and fries for $10 and a cocktail for $9.
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Barrio Chino, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, is always busy and always worth the wait.
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
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Roman’s is a neighborhood restaurant in Fort Greene where you can get a nice plate of pasta and some seasonal vegetables.
The original Au Cheval in Chicago makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and the location in Tribeca serves a damn good one as well.
Camperdown Elm a neighborhood spot deep in Park Slope where you can get some creative American food in a nice, casual environment.
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A fun Lower East Side spot with good Mexican food. This is where you should have your next birthday.
Speedy Romeo LES
A smaller, very casual Lower East Side outpost of Brooklyn’s Speedy Romeo. They may be known for pizza, but that’s not the best thing here.
Dudley's is more about the hang than it is a memorable meal. Go in with the right expectations and you’ll be glad it’s there.
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