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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
West-Bourne is an all-day cafe in SoHo where you can eat a great mushroom reuben or a bowl of vegetables that tastes better than it should.
Holy Ground is a below-ground Tribeca spot that looks like an old-school steakhouse, but actually specializes in slow smoked meats.
The Black Ant is a Mexican restaurant in the East Village with good cocktails and less-good food.
Oxomoco is a Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint where it’s easy to have a good night.
Peter Luger is a New York City steakhouse institution, and eating here is an experience unlike any other in the city.
Ammazzacaffè in Williamsburg has above-average Italian food and a nice back patio, and somehow, most people don’t seem to know about it.
Zizi Limona is a Middle Eastern spot in Williamsburg that works for pretty much any casual dinner situation.
Di An Di is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint. Go there for your next date night, group dinner, or solo meal at the bar. Just go there.
Nonono is a Japanese restaurant in Nomad where you can try a ton of great food and still have an affordable dinner.
Frenchette is an upscale French bistro in Tribeca. Think of it as an updated version of The Odeon or Balthazar.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Balthazar is a Soho institution - a French bistro that will get the job done for almost any situation.