Walking into Cafe Katja feels like stepping off a very crowded block on the LES into a low-key tavern in Vienna. The brick-walled space has a deer head and wreaths on the walls, and there are a bunch of Austrian and Bavarian beers on tap at the big horseshoe bar. The food (like bratwurst, gulasch, and spaetzle) is generally very heavy - but it’s also all enjoyable. We particularly like the tender, well-cooked wiener schnitzel that’s the size of a Macbook. Come with a group and drink some steins of beer, and you’ll quickly forget that you’re down the street from Hair Of The Dog.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
The Late Late
The Late Late is a bi-level bar on the Lower East Side with a subtle Irish theme and a lively basement on weekends.
CloudM Rooftop Bar
CloudM is the rooftop at the CitizenM Hotel on the LES. It isn’t the coolest rooftop in the world, but it has a great view, and it stays pretty quiet.
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Rolf’s German Restaurant
Rolf’s serves a full menu of heavy German food, but it’s best known for its elaborate, year-round holiday decorations.
If you’re wandering around 37th Street and you suddenly feel the urge to be in an authentic German beer garden, go to Reichenbach Hall.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Dirty French is a Lower East Side French restaurant from the people behind Carbone, and like that place, dinner here is definitely an event.
In a pinch in the Lower East Side, Souvlaki GR supplied The Infatuation with some great Greek street food. Yes, it’s random. And yes, it’s delicious.
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