Bryan KimNYC Senior Staff Writer
Bryan showed up one day to snake out our drain, and he never left. He’s an enigma wrapped in duck prosciutto, which is why he smells like duck prosciutto. Hobbies include skiing and fencing. His hobbies do not, however. He’s from Seattle, and if he could only eat one food for the rest of his life he’d be upset and confused. Bryan’s previous employers include Dr. Ian Bell DDS, The Gap, and Le Bernardin.
Casual Italian: the reliable, neighborhood spots you want to be at every Sunday night. Here are our favorites.
Codino is a casual Italian spot in the West Village from the people behind Cotenna and Aria. It’s a little generic, but the price is right.
Testo is a neighborhood Italian spot in East Williamsburg with solid pasta and reasonable prices. It’s useful, but don’t go out of your way for it.
Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
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Lola Taverna is a very nice-looking restaurant in Soho with decent, overpriced Greek food.
Lumaca is an Italian restaurant in a Midtown hotel with pricey, below-average food.
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Uminoie is a causal Japanese spot in the East Village where you can eat bar snacks and drink sake.
Black Emperor is a Japanese cocktail bar in the East Village that serves an excellent burger.
The Izakaya is a good Japanese restaurant to know about in the East Village.