If you want to eat pizza and drink beer in Washington Heights, do it at Bodega Pizza. Before you even enter this neighborhood spot, the yellow exterior and rainbow light bulbs will tell you this place is special. And if you come on a Friday night for Open Mic, the packed house is a sign that you were right. The very good pies are made in a brick oven and come topped with things like black truffle oil and soppressata, which you can enjoy with beer or wine. Just be sure to save room for the Nutella calzone.
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Native Noodles is a Singaporean spot in Washington Heights that makes great laksa and chili crab.
Sofrito is a lively Puerto Rican restaurant in Washington Heights that's great for dinner and a night out.
Elsa La Reina del Chicharron
Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron is a neighborhood Dominican spot where you can eat your weight in very good chicharron.
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San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina
If you want to sit down and eat a good pizza on the UES, San Matteo is the place. It’s big and casual, and there’s also stuff besides pizza here.
Santa Panza is a neighborhood pizza place in Bushwick that’s great for nearly any casual dining situation.
Bocce Union Square
Bocce USQ is an outdoor Italian restaurant in Union Square Park, and it’s perfect for an after-work spritz when you’d rather be in Rome.
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Melba’s is a spot in Harlem with some great fried chicken, catfish, and waffles. Try it for a casual meal, and get a side of mac and cheese.
LoLo’s Seafood Shack
At Lolo’s you can sit in a backyard in Harlem and drink a rum punch while you eat large quantities of crab, shrimp, or other types of seafood.
Tsion Cafe is a casual, friendly Ethiopian/Israeli restaurant in Harlem, and it’s one of our favorite places for a low-key meal in the neighborhood.
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