Sure, you and a friend could eat at Spicy Moon, a vegetarian Szechuan spot in the East Village, on a Wednesday night before your mid-week home improvement show marathon. But, it could also be a good starting point for the kind of night where you’ll inevitably leave something in an Uber you shouldn’t have called in the first place. The red darkroom lighting here makes feasting on dan dan noodles and dry pot with tofu feel like an intimate dinner party. And whatever happens afterwards is up to you.
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Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
Divya’s Kitchen is a vegan spot in the East Village that proves meatless lasagna can be a beautiful thing.
A laid back Lebanese eatery that gets Stang’s stamp of approval. The service is good, people are friendly, and you can eat your face off for about twenty bucks a person.
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Lao Bei Fang
Lao Bei Fang is a cash-only Chinese spot in Elmhurst that serves particularly massive dumplings.
Very Fresh Noodles
Very Fresh Noodles is a great spot for Chinese hand-pulled noodles in Chelsea Market.
Hunan Delight is a Chinese restaurant in Park Slope with lunch specials and outdoor seating.
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Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
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