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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Avant Garden is a tiny vegan restaurant putting out some excellent, and very original food. You won’t find any veggie burgers here.
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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Despite being well known for Celebrity Sightings, it’s the food, Bar Pitti’s classic Italian dishes, that’s the real draw.
An import from Nantucket, Sfoglia is one of the few Upper East Side joints that, if transported to downtown, wouldn’t feel out of place.
A bit more touristy and a bit more parent-y than we remember, but Peasant still has a few home run dishes worth visiting for.
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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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