Haile is a small spot on Avenue B near Tompkins Square Park with excellent Ethiopian food. Every main here comes with two vegetable sides (one of yours should be the chickpeas) and enough injera (spongy flatbread) to feed you for two meals. Haile’s space is quiet and comfortable enough for a date, dinner with relatives, or the small group of people at work you actually feel like hanging out with after work.
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99 Favor Taste
99 Favor Taste is a hot pot/Korean barbecue chain, and this location on St. Mark’s is open late every night. Stop by for a fun group dinner.
Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
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Bati Ethiopian Restaurant
Bati Ethiopian Kitchen is a small Ethiopian spot in Fort Greene that's ideal for a small group or a date.
Bunna Cafe, the vegan Ethiopian spot in Bushwick, is an excellent spot to share a giant plate of food with people you like.
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Empellon Al Pastor
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Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.
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