Wayla is a Thai restaurant in a basement on the Lower East Side, and it has several things going for it. First off, the food here is great. We especially like the housemade pork sausage and fried branzino, and you should be sure to order whatever the daily curry is. There’s also a charming backyard filled with nice furniture and string lights, and it’s where you should be eating when it’s nice out. This is a great spot for a meal with a couple of friends, and, if you sit out back, it works for a date night as well.
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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.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Russ & Daughters has finally expanded, after 100 years in business. Now you can sit down in a comfy booth while you enjoy your lox, and it’s glorious.
Dirty French is a Lower East Side French restaurant from the people behind Carbone, and like that place, dinner here is definitely an event.
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Authenticity is the name of the game at Somtum Der, an East Village restaurant with one other location – Bangkok. Follow our Food Rundown to navigate the huge menu and avoid the mediocre dishes.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
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Uncle Boons isn’t just the best Thai food we’ve eaten in New York City. It’s some of the best food we’ve eaten in New York City, period.
Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
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