Puglia has a pretty long menu, and you can read through it if you like, but there’s really only one way you should do dinner at this 100-year-old spot in Little Italy, and it’s the prix-fixe. The whole table has to participate, but for $49.95, you get massive portions of baked clams, rigatoni alla vodka, and chicken parm. It’s all served family-style and while you wouldn’t go out of your way to eat any of it again, the red sauce and cheese-heavy dishes do help balance out the other aspect of the prix-fixe - bottomless beer and wine for three hours. As you may have guessed, the majority of the restaurant is standing on chairs and waving napkins in the air before the entrees even arrive.
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Casa Bocado is an upscale Mexican restaurant in Little Italy with good cocktails, decent food, and some nice sidewalk seating.
A seafood restaurant from the people behind The Meatball Shop, Seamore’s is healthy, reasonably priced, and a good time. No wonder it’s always packed.
Banh Mi Saigon Bakery
Banh Mi Saigon is a sandwich shop in the back of a jewelry store, and makes one of the best banh mis in Chinatown.
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Osteria Morini is a popular Italian restaurant on Lafayette street, known for pasta and lots of lambrusco. Expect crowds and very little elbow room.
A simple Italian cafe that works in tons of situations, Epistrophy is one of our Nolita go-tos.
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La Esquina Brasserie
Does La Esquina have the best Mexican food in NYC? No. But it is in a secret basement in Nolita, and it’s worth a trip for the experience.
A fun Lower East Side spot with good Mexican food. This is where you should have your next birthday.
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.
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