Nickel & Diner is meant to feel like an old-school diner, though there’s only so much looks can do to make you forget you’re drinking nitro cold brew and eating a kale cashew bowl for breakfast. That said, this new spot in Chinatown (from the same people behind the nearby poké spot Chikarashi) has a great vibe, and is a highly useful spot for breakfast, lunch, or brunch.
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Skip nearby Vanessa's Dumplings in favor of the superior Shu Jiao Fu Zhou when you're looking for excellent, cheap Chinatown dumplings.
Chinese Tuxedo is a beautiful and fun Chinatown restaurant, but the food isn't that memorable.
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Death & Co
Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.
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