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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Papilles is a small French restaurant in the East Village that’s a good option for a casual date night.
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Carifesta Halal Restaurant
Carifesta in South Richmond Hill makes excellent halal Chinese-Guyanese food, make sure to get the fried chicken fried rice.
Purple Yam serves Filipino food in a casual space with a nice backyard. Use it for a group dinner in Ditmas Park.
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This Chinese restaurant on St. Marks in the East Village is home to some of the best soup dumplings in Manhattan.
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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