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All of the food at Dirt Candy is vegetarian, but you should come to this East Village tasting menu spot no matter how you feel about meat.
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.
Phayul is a Tibetan restaurant hidden up a flight of stairs in Jackson Heights, and it’s an excellent spot for some casual soup and momos.
Violet is an Italian restaurant in the East Village that specializes in really thin flatbread pizza.
Lhasa Fast Food is a tiny Tibetan restaurant hidden behind a cell phone store in Jackson Heights. Stop by for a quick meal, and order some momos.
Haenyeo is a walk-in-only spot in Park Slope with a fun atmosphere and some very good Korean food.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
La Slowteria is a casual spot in Carroll Gardens that serves some of the best Mexican food in Brooklyn.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
Taladwat is a casual Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can get two entrees with rice for $18.
Oxalis serves an excellent $60 tasting menu in a casual space in Prospect Heights.
Nix is an upscale vegetarian spot near Union Square with an attractive dining room and expensive food that isn’t all that great.
Sushi By M is a no-frills spot in the East Village where you sit at a counter and eat an excellent 10-piece sushi omakase for $50.
Clay is an American restaurant in Harlem that’s perfect for a special-but-not-too-formal dinner with a date or your family.
Racines is a really good place to drink wine, but this Tribeca restaurant is a really bad spot to eat food.