Cafe Rue Dix is where you should meet friends for dinner and drinks before a night out in the neighborhood. This French-Senegalese spot is covered in West African masks, the bar is painted with geometric patterns that look like Senegalese textiles, and loud afrobeat music is always playing. Try to sit still while you order the beef mafe (peanut stew) or a whole branzino.
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Buttermilk Channel is a true Brooklyn Neighborhood Hang serving some of the best fried chicken in town.
Ela Taverna isn’t too special, although it’s a little better than your run-of-the-mill Greek, and it’s good for an easy dinner in Williamsburg.
Geido is a great neighborhood sushi bar where you can scribble all over the walls and listen to R&B slow jams.
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Besides a couple of quality appetizers, the menu at Cafe Luxembourg is beat street. It’s standard, run-of-the-mill French Bistro fare that’s overpriced and under portioned.
Les Enfants de Bohème
Les Enfants de Bohème is a neighborhood French bistro on the Lower East Side that’s perfect for a last-minute dinner.
Le Marais is a kosher French restaurant in Midtown with great steaks and sidewalk seating.
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Aita Trattoria is a neighborhood Italian spot in Crown Heights that’s perfect for eating lasagna and drinking some wine.
Trinidad Golden Palace Restaurant
Trinidad Golden Place is a cash-only Trinidadian bakery in Crown Heights that makes incredible pastries, massive roti, and Chinese-American dishes.
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