For beach-shack/living-room vibes and a big selection of Mediterranean/American/Tex-Mex bar food (the breakfast tacos are actually pretty good), check out Forgtmenot. It’s on the lower (and cooler) part of the Lower East Side and they’re missing an “e” in their name, so you know you should be drinking here. The space is small and casual, and it’s right next to its sister restaurant, Kiki’s.
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Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
Dudley's is more about the hang than it is a memorable meal. Go in with the right expectations and you’ll be glad it’s there.
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A few years in, Soho’s The Dutch is better than it was when it first opened. These days, it might even be underrated.
Estela might not be the cushiest restaurant in NYC, but it’s still an excellent choice for a fun night out or next-level brunch in Nolita.
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