There’s pretty much no other restaurant in NYC like John’s Of 12th Street. This a classic Italian American spot in the East Village with huge portions, framed historical photos on the wall, and candles that have been burning mountains of wax for probably a hundred years straight (it opened in the early 1900s). But what’s different about this place is that there’s an entire menu dedicated to vegan options. So you can get your eggplant parm with vegan cheese and your in-laws can eat meatballs. If you’re a vegetarian but would rather avoid vegan cheese, we really like the lemon-y grilled portobello mushrooms with polenta and greens.
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Brindle Room exemplifies amateur hour. Inedible food, sad decor, and the dishes took eons to reach our plates.
Paper Daisy is a casual cocktail bar in the East Village with plenty of tables, solid bar snacks, and a nice front patio.
The Roost is a bar that happens to also a be a coffee shop in the daytime. So feel free to work here during the day then bring a date at night.
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Caffe Buon Gusto
Caffe Buon Gusto is a casual Italian restaurant on the UES, and it's one of the best date spots in the area.
The original Patsy’s in East Harlem makes excellent pizza for a sit-down meal or a slice at the counter.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
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