Verdi’s is an excellent neighbourhood Italian a few steps away from Stepney Green tube. The restaurant is a relaxed, family-run gem, specialising in food from the Emilia-Romagna region (where basically the best stuff comes from). So think classic pappardelle bolognese, pizzas, and a properly-made tiramisu that’ll make you very happy. It’s a low-key move for when you just want good, straightforward food, and there’s warmth and ambience that would pack people in, even if the restaurant was in central London.
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Sichuan Folk is a tasty and inexpensive old school Chinese restaurant just off Brick Lane.
Tayyab’s is an Indian restaurant and classic spot in the East End, serving Punjabi curry and sizzling lamb chops in a laid back room.
Skylight Rooftop Bar
Skylight is a huge rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock with plenty of space, a laidback vibe, and nice views towards the City.
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Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Saporitalia is a neighbourhood Italian spot that doesn’t look like much, but is actually excellent. Go for the pizza and veal chop.
Ruby is a modest Italian lunch bar in Shoreditch serving hearty homemade ciabatta sandwiches and plates of pasta.
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