Ichibantei is a casual Japanese restaurant that’s sort of hiding on 13th street right off of 1st Avenue. They serve comfort food like ramen, fried chicken, and donburi rice bowls, including something called Oyoko Don - an excellent stewy mixture of egg, chicken, and onion. This is a great late-night option (they stay open until 3am on weekdays and 4am on weekends), but you can also use Ichibantei for a laid-back date or a solo weeknight meal where you’ll be able to keep things under $30. Just know it’s cash only.
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Short Stories is a little East Village bar that’s great for a relatively quiet cocktail.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
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Nagomi is a non-descript sushi restaurant on Prince Street that can be summed with one new tag on this website: Perfect For When You Can’t Get In to Blue Ribbon Sushi. It’s a solid stand-in for when you can’t get into the more exceptional spots in the area.
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A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
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