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9 Best Restaurants In NYC Right Now

Best Restaurants: Safe, reliable, crowd pleaser!

Via Carota

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51 Grove Street, New York, NY

The best Italian everything can be found here- from octopus, to wild boar, to pasta, and unique verdure dishes. This west village neighborhood jewel can make for a great food option any time of day (actually best to visit at abnormal times). Be warned, reservations are not taken, and waits can be long, but you can easily kill time with a few superb negronis.

Timna

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109 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY

This Israeli restaurant is the best around town- a basic Israeli dish is made special here. Highly recommended for brunch, this spot is actually a “best boozy brunch” hidden gem. The pita and Israeli toppings make for a playful appetizer, an enjoyable surprise included with all seated dining experiences.

Empellon

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You get to pick which Empellon: Al Pastor (casual) or Taqueria (upscale). Neither option disappoints when it comes to an authentic Mexican meal. It’s certainly fun to try the taco of the day! You can even buy a bottle of Patron tequila to complement your meal- why not when you can.

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The best foods in NYC aren’t always fancy!

Fancy: High-end, affordable enough, an experience!

Atla

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372 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Think Mexican meets Jewish eatery meets health food juice bar- this restaurant serves it all. A weekday lunch has been said to make for the ideal meal here. The margarita is in the running to be the best margarita in Manhattan. (Same owner as the renowned Cosme.)

Quality Eats

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Multiple Locations, New York, NY

An American eatery with multiple locations throughout NYC now, go for red meat, the baked potato monkey bread, creamed spinach hush puppies, and other mouthwatering, hearty dishes. Cocktails or wine pair well. The bill can add up rather quickly, but it’s a guarantee you won’t regret any component of your order.

Tokyo Record Bar

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127 Macdougal Street, New York, NY

As they say, this is truly an “underground listening room dedicated to quality…music, food, & booze”. This vinyl jukebox restaurant lives underneath a champagne bar, seats only 18 people, and enlists you for a 1.5-hour family style dining experience. If you can manage to secure a reservation…it will make for an unforgettable memory!

 

Hole in the Wall: Easy, cheap, delicious!

Nakamura

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172 Delancey Street, New York, NY

A lesser known ramen name, this Japanese restaurant still falls within the Ivan Ramen and Ippudo circle. For a cheap yet quality eat on a cold winter night, be sure to stop in and try the known “torigara shoyu” dish.

Uncle Boons Sister

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203 Mott Street, New York, NY

Offering either a Thai counter service or take out eating experience, it is ironically easy to confuse this spot for a Spanish bodega. Lunch or dinner are the best meals here- the tom yum soup and pad thai are a must order.

Caracas Arepa Bar

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E 7th St, New York, NY

Venezuelan arepas are made daily here. You pick your cake pocket ingredients: dairy, meat, and/or vegetables, on either a corn, gluten free flour, or wheat free arepa. This spot makes for a cheap pick-me-up afternoon snack or date night, with prices starting at $7!