Piggyback is an “Asian inspired” restaurant from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s one of the best dining options within walking distance of Penn Station. They serve things like lumpia, lamb rendang, and a big bowl of medai crudo with grapfruit and crispy bits of pork, and - whatever you go with - you should start your meal with a pair of curry puffs. They’re flaky, crispy, and packed with well-seasoned beef. Grab some dinner here before or after a show at the Garden, or stop by for a drink and a snack with a friend. The space has mural-covered walls and a big bar up front, and the soundtrack includes everything from hip hop to disco.
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The original Seamore's is in Nolita, and the Chelsea location is pretty much the same. Stop by for some casual seafood, maybe in your gym clothes.
Tipsy Parson has done a perfect job of creating a place that looks and feels like a Southern restaurant, but at the cost of under-delivering on the food. Look elsewhere to satisfy your comfort food cravings.
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Lovely Day is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants where you can still feel like you've had a fun night out.
Lui’s Thai Food
Lui’s Thai isn’t anything special, but it’s a decent weeknight option in the East Village.
Dek Sen is a small, cash-only Thai spot in Elmhurst that excels at dessert. Get the pad kee mao, and be sure to try the massive milo sizzling roti.
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Upland used to be one of our favorite spots in the city, but now it’s mostly just a useful place to have a nice, somewhat boring meal in Flatiron.
Finally, someone figured out that an Italian restaurant near Penn Station that serves food people want to eat would do well.
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