AOC is a little neighborhood French spot in the West Village. They do classics like benedicts for brunch and coq au vin for dinner, and while the food isn’t going to blow you away, it’s worth knowing about this place for its outdoor dining experience. The garden is a prime spot to eat outside in the summer and look out onto the kind of beautiful West Village apartment buildings that will either leave you feeling inspired (maybe one day you’ll live there) or depressed (you’re never going to live there).
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Julius’ is a divey gay bar in the West Village with a lot of history and a little kitchen serving burgers and onion rings.
Conceived in the spirit of Little Owl, this is a tiny West Village restaurant perfectly engineered for surveying action while you eat. Dinner is generally better than brunch, but it's a nice place to dine any time of day.
Henrietta Hudson is a clubby queer bar in the West Village that’s great for big groups.
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Cafe Paulette is a French bistro where you can drink natural wine across the street from Fort Greene Park.
Fox Bread Bakery
Fox Bread Bakery is a takeout-only spot run by an ex-Le Coucou chef in Crown Heights.
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