Cafe Du Soleil is a neighborhood French bistro on the UWS that most parents will love. This is partly because of the long list of French wines in the $20 range, and partly because of how old school it feels in here. There’s a TV behind the bar that might have a soccer game on, and you’ll probably be able to see a French street signs everywhere you look. It’s not cool by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s classic. and the food is highly buttery and good. Also, when it’s warm outside, you should try to sit on their sidewalk. If the idea of sitting on a wicker chair, and eating mussels in a dijonnaise sauce on a cool summer night makes you want to smoke a cigarette, we get it.
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Momofuku Bāng Bar is a fast-casual counter spot in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle that makes really good flatbread wraps.
Mama’s Too is a tiny pizza place on the Upper West Side, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best slices in the area. Get the square pepperoni one.
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Made In New York is one of our favorite slice spots on the Upper West Side. Get a square slice with pepperoni, and grab a handful of napkins.
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David’s Cafe is casual French restaurant that makes one of the best burgers in the East Village.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
Mominette is a Bushwick standby best used for their outdoor brunch and excellent oyster happy hour.
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Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
The New York experience is really about making this gigantic metropolis feel smaller. We’re really all just looking for a few comfortable places with familiar faces in them to retreat to after a long day. Viand is one of those places.
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