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A kosher diner in the East Village serving up tuna melts, pierogies, kasha varnishkes and borscht.
A jubilant Chinese restaurant with book-length menus and brightly colored cocktails.
Photo: Photograph: Ali Garber.
Congee's sprawling interior is ideally suited to boisterous nights filled with stories you may have heard before that still elicit sonorous laughter.
Lines accrue fast, but the pretty bar area is a cozy place to wait if you can nab a spot, and the dining areas beyond have plenty of big tables to accommodate groups.
The menu’s almost as large as the space, with several congee varieties and an encyclopedia of Chinese plates.
One of a few spots here that also appeared on our best restaurants of 2020 roundup, Kokomo is a Caribbean restaurant from husband and wife team Ria and Kevol Graham.
Photo: Photograph: Courtesy Katrine Moite/Kokomo.
As we wrote at the time, Kokomo’s wood-fired flatbreads, slow braised oxtail and chicken and waffles are all bonafide comfort foods.
The restaurant interior’s warm tones and florid design further set the mood, and we recently named Kokomo NYC's best outdoor dining spot in our Best of the City awards.
What began as a modest cart is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant specializing in arepas and other Colombian bites in Jackson Heights. Maria Piedad Cano and her family run the kitchen.
Easy, local-favorite French fare
Photo: Photograph: Virginia Rollison.
Every neighborhood would be lucky to have a restaurant like French Louie, which serves as fine a special occasion spot as any fancy-address destination in the city.
If for example, you happened to be nearby, and it was your birthday, and a sudden blizzard made even local travel inadvisable, you could still drift into French Louie’s dimly honey-hued dining room for a suitable fête.
Its moules frites, duck au poivre and uncommonly generous portion of pȃté are priced decently enough to add to your regular weekend rotation, too.
A choose-your-own seafood spot as close as many of us will get to fishing.
Photo: Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber.
Dining out and having fun are, shockingly, not always mutually inclusive.
At Astoria Seafood, you’ll peruse and choose from uncooked tuna, octopus, sardines, branzino shellfish, scallops, snapper, fluke and all manner of sea creatures before you tell ‘em how you’d like it cooked.
BYOB and a bubbly, casual environment make this popular spot worth its long lines.
Classic, required eating for NYC pizza devotees.
NYC's undisputed top jerk chicken purveyor.
Photo: Photograph: Courtesy Peppa's Jerk Chicken.
Peppa’s has a wonderfully fragrant goat curry and tender stewed oxtail, but it’s the smoky, perfectly grilled chicken that keeps us coming back.
You can easily pay a bundle for a roast chicken at some NYC restaurants, but we think this one is just as satisfying, if not more, than many of the most expensive birds in town.
An East Asian general store with bites at the counter, Maya Bed-Stuy specializes in novel takes on congee.
A taqueria-style counter where cooks roll masa and slice spit-roasted pork with ease and speed to keep up with demand.
Photo: Photograph: Filip Wolak.
Los Tacos No. 1's lively Chelsea Market location is our favorite of the micro-chain's outposts, which now number five throughout Manhattan.
But we'd visit any one of them for pollo asado tacos, carne asada quesadillas and homemade aguas frescas.
Raise a glass to spectacular views and elevated libations at the city's best rooftop bars.