Osteria Laguna is a solid, crowd-pleasing option within walking distance of Grand Central. You'll find pastas, pretty good thin-crust pizzas, and very rich polenta that's so cheesy it almost tastes like queso fundido - but also a space big enough to fit your entire extended family (including everyone’s SOs). If your group just includes you, a speck pizza, polenta with meatballs, and a glass of red wine, that’s cool too - you probably won’t be the only one in that situation.
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Akdeniz is a casual restaurant in Midtown East with good Turkish food and a few pre-theater set menu deals.
Pietro’s is an old-school Italian restaurant in Midtown East that’s been around since 1932.
Agern is a Nordic restaurant inside Grand Central that’s perfect for lunch or dinner when your company is paying.
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Antica Pesa is both crazy and endearing, and a far cry from some of the other restaurants around here that hand you some food and a paper napkin and then wait for you to leave.
Fausto is a Park Slope Italian restaurant that’s great for a celebratory dinner or a date you really don’t want to mess up.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
We typically love ourselves some Michael White. Though his new hotel restaurant Ai Fiori is a sprawling space with more room than they know what to do with. Set inside The Setai, this is a bit of a cookie cutter hotel restaurant - one that isn’t bad, but just isn’t quite our style.
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