Vandal is a big restaurant on the Lower East Side, and it’s from the same people behind Lavo and Tao. Like those places, this is a spot where you can eat pricey, mediocre food while you enjoy a party atmosphere and reflect upon the fact that you probably don’t want to be here. The menu is all over the place, with things like tortilla soup dumplings, shawarma salad, and pizza - and, while the dumplings taste like they were recently defrosted, the pepperoni pizza is surprisingly not bad. But the rest of it is much worse. So unless you have a corporate card and you’re just looking for a place to drink your dinner, you shouldn’t come here.
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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.
Clinton St. Baking Company
During brunch hours, it’s not uncommon for people outside Clinton Street Baking Company to wait two hours for the pure, fluffy cakes of ecstasy that this place is known for. We won’t join them…but we can’t blame them either.
La Contenta is a Mexican bar and restaurant on the Lower East Side that’s the ultimate neighborhood hang for fish tacos and tequila.
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Virginia’s is an unexpectedly upscale restaurant on Avenue C with a killer wine list and a killer burger.
The Smith Midtown
If Midtown East is the final frontier of food-obsessed New York City, The Smith Midtown is the Starship Enterprise.
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It is no understatement to say that Catch is the most over-the-top, ridiculous dining operation the Meatpacking District has ever seen. Thankfully though, the service is fantastic, and the food is pretty great as well, despite the absurdity of it all.
Beauty & Essex
Beauty & Essex is like a ground level Boom Boom Room with food and slightly poorer people. But you want to know the worst part about it all? The food is actually pretty good.
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