There’s pretty much no other restaurant in NYC like John’s Of 12th Street. This a classic Italian American spot in the East Village with huge portions, framed historical photos on the wall, and candles that have been burning mountains of wax for probably a hundred years straight (it opened in the early 1900s). But what’s different about this place is that there’s an entire menu dedicated to vegan options. So you can get your eggplant parm with vegan cheese and your in-laws can eat meatballs. If you’re a vegetarian but would rather avoid vegan cheese, we really like the lemon-y grilled portobello mushrooms with polenta and greens.
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Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Everything at El Camion is dreadfully average at best. If you’re going to open a new Mexican joint in the East Village these days, you best bring your A-Game.
For some reason, everything at Ducks Eatery is so over spiced, over smoked, and overthought that none of it works. The beef jerky has squid ink on it. Why?
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Scottadito Osteria Toscana
In Park Slope for bottomless brunch? Scottadito Osteria Toscana is the best deal you’ll find.
Caffe Marchio is an Italian-inspired coffee shop in the Redbury Hotel near the Flatiron, and it’s a pretty great spot to have some espresso.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
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