Sure, you and a friend could eat at Spicy Moon, a vegetarian Szechuan spot in the East Village, on a Wednesday night before your mid-week home improvement show marathon. But, it could also be a good starting point for the kind of night where you’ll inevitably leave something in an Uber you shouldn’t have called in the first place. The red darkroom lighting here makes feasting on dan dan noodles and dry pot with tofu feel like an intimate dinner party. And whatever happens afterwards is up to you.
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Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
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Park Asia is a great option for a group meal in Sunset Park. It’s a massive space with plenty of natural light, and it’s especially good for dim sum.
Shanghai 21 is a great place to have a group dinner in Chinatown (but you might have to wait in line for it).
Super Taste is a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown that makes really good hand-pulled noodles.
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This Chinese restaurant on St. Marks in the East Village is home to some of the best soup dumplings in Manhattan.
Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
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