The Fat Radish was one of the scenier spots on the LES when it opened in 2010, but to earn that distinction now, it’d need to have champagne bottle sparklers and multiple bouncers wearing earpieces. It certainly doesn’t have those things - it really just feels like a neighborhood restaurant where you can get cocktails and oysters with a date at the bar, or share entrees and bottles of wine with your cool parents. The menu is vegetarian-friendly, with dishes like celery root pot pie and a whole roasted hen of the woods that tastes like a massive, very good hunk of pot roast. But there are plenty of seafood and meat options as well, like al pastor-style chicken and a bacon cheeseburger with duck fat fries.
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Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
The Meatball Shop
A restaurant on the Lower East Side operating with the sole purpose of turning out ridiculously good meatballs and presenting you a few options in which to consume them.
If you have ever been to Pianos to see a band in the back room, you probably didn't expect that it's the kind of place that would turn out some damn good bar food.
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Lighthouse is our go-to spot in Williamsburg for a casual, kind of healthy, but still impressive meal.
A can’t miss West Village Infatuation go-to that’s Perfect For all kinds of things, including Brunch, Date Night, and Dinner with the Parents.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Freemans has been a key player in the restaurant renaissance we’re currently living in and ranks among our favorite restaurants of all time.
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
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