Taralucci e Vino is a mini chain of all-day Italian cafes with a few locations in Manhattan, including this one near Union Square. You can stop by in the morning and grab some eggs or an Italian pastry, or you can come by after work and have a glass of wine and maybe some pasta. Think of this place as a nicer, Italian Le Pain Quotidien, one where you could conceivably bring some coworkers or a date.
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Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
Kyma is a big, upsacle Greek restaurant near Union Square. The seafood is reliably good (but a little overpriced), and it’s easy to get a reservation.
Shuko, an unmarked Japanese spot near Union Square, is our favorite omakase experience in NYC.
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Year after year, Esca remains in the conversation of the NYC elite. It’s always jam packed, mostly with the business and commuter crowd.
Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
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We keep wanting to love The Breslin as much as everyone else seems to, but we just can't get there. Partly because the food is so damn heavy, but the service sucks too. Spend your time and money at John Dory next door instead.
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