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Dip, in North Beach, serves dip sandwiches and a short menu of other dishes in a small, relaxing space.
Lucques is a West Hollywood industry staple, but one that ultimately feels pretty boring.
BK Jani is a counter-service place in Bushwick serving meat-heavy Pakistani street food that you’ll think about when you’re in bed late at night.
The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
Sushi By Bou is a hidden sushi spot in Flatiron where you can have a 12-course omakase for $50, in 30 minutes flat.
The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon serving some of the best French bistro food we’ve had in a long time.
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.
Bombay Bustle is more formal than your local curry house but not at all stuffy, even though it’s in Mayfair.
The Market Restaurant at China Live in Russian Hill serves an extensive menu of Chinese food in a large, loud dining room.
El Compadre is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Hollywood that’s one of the best and most consistent parties in town.
Lonesome Rose is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant in Logan Square with good cocktails and hit-or-miss food.
Orsa & Winston is an Italian-Japanese restaurant in DTLA that’s just as good for a casual lunch as it is for a special occasion dinner.
Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.