If you’re looking for some pasta, a kale salad, and possibly a piece of salmon on the Upper West Side, Tessa is a pretty good option. It isn’t anything revolutionary, but this Mediterranean spot on Amsterdam makes a solid bowl of rabbit cavatelli (as well as a bunch of other pastas), and the space is nice enough for a date night or a semi-important dinner. There’s also a bar up front where you can eat while you watch sports on TV. Dinner can get a little pricey, but this isn’t an every-night kind of place. Stop by when you need to get dinner with a family friend who just saw something at Lincoln Center.
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Caffè Storico is little more than a good bet for dinner in the neighborhood or some pre-gaming before you hit the planetarium. Who wants to get drunk and see a laser show?
Marlow Bistro is an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side that feels like the setting of a first date scene from a 90s romantic comedy.
Community Food & Juice
Community Food & Juice is one of the best brunch spots around Morningside Heights and Columbia University. Unfortunately, that's exactly when it's at its worst. Hit it any other time for best results.
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The Meatball Shop
A restaurant on the Lower East Side operating with the sole purpose of turning out ridiculously good meatballs and presenting you a few options in which to consume them.
Hearth has been one of the East Village’s best restaurants for over a decade, and it just got a whole lot lighter and leaner.
There were exactly zero restaurants we enjoy hanging out in Meatpacking until Santina arrived. Now there’s one.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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