Peng’s is a Chinese-slash-ramen spot that’s one of the Upper East Side’s more underrated restaurants. We like the ramen here best (particularly the minced pork one), but their dumplings are also solid, as are the broth-less banmen dishes, and the rice donburis. Nothing on the menu is over $15, and there are also plenty of sakes, making this an ideal low-key weeknight meal.
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Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
Bombay Chowk is a casual Indian restaurant on the UES with neon lights, chairs that look like thrones, and some very good chicken kadai.
Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream
Emack & Bolio’s is a fantastic ice cream place with soft serve and waffle cones covered in rice crispy treats.
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Sushi on Jones (West 10th)
Sushi On Jones in the West Village is an omakase sushi spot with two strictly timed tasting options.
Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
Sake Bar Decibel
Sake Bar Decibel is a very cool sake bar in the East Village that’s good for a drink with one or two friends.
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Sushi Seki Upper East Side
Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
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