The Poni Room is a new bar underneath Saxon + Parole in Noho. The dark space, which doesn’t have any standing room, is a great option for casual dates - just grab a booth or a high-top and drink a frozen cocktail, martini, or some wine (reservations are also available if you like to plan ahead). If you opt for wine, you’ll be instructed to walk to the back, pick a bottle out of a giant sink filled with ice, and pour your own glass or carafe - to the brim if you want. They also serve a bunch of Japanese-influenced small plates and seafood skewers, and while you can eat a full dinner here, we recommend just sharing a couple things - like crunchy lotus root in soy sauce and crispy, sweet, spicy chicken wings - while you drink.
Where we've featured it
More spots in East VillageSee more
Mimi Cheng’s is a spiffed up version of the dumpling experience in the East Village. It’s the Silicon Alley startup of dumplings.
Frangos Peri Peri
Frangos is a Portuguese counter-service spot in the East Village that’s all about peri peri sauce.
Ikinari is a Japanese chain with a location in the East Village. They’re known for their good, affordable steak (that you eat standing up).
More American spotsSee more
A nice, big Bushwick restaurant with interesting pastas. It's not quite a destination, but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Now that the food and the crowd have improved for the better, Hudson Clearwater gets an improved rating, and more frequent Infatuation visits.
Fred's at Barneys NY
Why on earth are we reviewing a famous department store restaurant? Because it’s hilarious, that’s why. Nowhere else will you find such an entertaining mix of blown-out 55-going-on-22 moms, burnt-out post-college city natives, and people who think they look like celebrities but most definitely aren’t.
Suggested by our writers
The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a natural wine bar on the Lower East Side that serves some good small plates and $1 Happy Hour oysters every day.
Davelle is an all-day Japanese spot on the LES that’s unlike any other place in the city.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more