Sunny and Annie’s is a bodega on Avenue B that makes an inordinate number of giant sandwiches, ranging from a great BEC, to a pho-themed one with roast beef and hoisin sauce and something called the Obama. There are no seats here (because it’s a bodega), but you can bring your food to Tompkins Square Park and have a picnic. After an experience like that, you’ll be able to confidently assure all of your first dates that you are, in fact, fun, low-maintenance, and connected to Obama via a sandwich.
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Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
Porsena has never been about the ambiance – it’s always been about the pasta. And this is still pasta that’s worth serious praise.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
Jeffrey’s Grocery in the West Village is one of the few restaurants in town we return to regularly. It is Perfect For pretty much everything.
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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
Huertas is a Spanish restaurant in the East Village that makes every group dinner easier.
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