This place should really be called Mike’s Diner, but that name doesn’t sound as good, and this “coffee shop” is from a pre-Starbucks time when coffee shops also served things like grits and hamburgers. Step into Mike’s, and it feels like traveling back a half century. It’s a tiny diner on quiet corner in Clinton Hill, and it’s where you should be eating pancakes and bacon on a Sunday morning when you want to reassure yourself that New York is not getting worse every year.
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Locanda Vini e Olii
We’d love Locanda Vini e Olii if we lived down the street. But when it comes to traveling this far for dinner, there are probably other restaurants in the area that we’d rather be.
Dosa Royale is a neighborhood South Indian spot in Clinton Hill that fortunately never gets too packed.
Tailfeather is a natural wine bar in Clinton Hill where you can drink something like a chilled red from Georgia. Try it for a casual date.
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If you need a big, normal bar in the Garment District where you can eat a burger or some salmon, try Juniper.
Keens is a Midtown steakhouse with tons of history, but even if you don’t care about Albert Einstein’s smoking pipe, you’ll eat some great meat.
The Smith’s Nomad location has big windows they open in the summertime and a menu with everything from quinoa to steak. It's a solid backup plan.
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