The roast chicken at 232 Bleecker - the first full-service restaurant from the people behind the fast-casual chain, Dig - is a strong contender for our guide, Where To Go When You Want A Really Good Roast Chicken. Pick something out from the excellent wine list, and share the juicy, salty half-bird with a date while sitting at the chef’s counter. Other entrees, like undersalted scallops and tagliatelle drenched in liquidy sauce, aren’t as enjoyable. So if you want anything besides the chicken, stick to the vegetable-focused small plates like caramelized carrots with hot honey and airy ricotta.
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This West Village Italian spot is starting to feel just a tad dated - but the food is as good as ever. Try it for a special dinner, and order pasta.
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Ponyboy is a restaurant/bar in Greenpoint, and it’s where you go when it’s after 10pm and you’re looking for a place to dance.
Trad Room has mostly-Japanese food and a space in Bed-Stuy that looks like they decorated it with all the best items from a vintage thrift store.
Golda is a tiny coffee shop/cafe in Bed-Stuy where you can sit at a little table and eat some small plates that both look and taste very good.
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The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.
Malaparte is the charming West Village Italian restaurant you thought was only a figment of your imagination.
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