Right off the Metropolitan G/L stop, Zona Rosa is a great place to meet up with a few friends over tacos, margaritas, and guacamole on its awesome roof. You might encounter a bit of a wait on nice nights (when they open the windows and it becomes an indoor/outdoor situation), but it’s never too hard to get a seat.
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Black Flamingo is a vegan Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg with a basement dance floor that’s open on weekends (when you’ll see a line to get in).
Peaches Hothouse is a casual restaurant in Bed-Stuy where you can find some good Nashville-style hot fried chicken.
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As we’re all well aware, Mexican food in Manhattan generally blows. Empellon hasn’t come to save the day, but it isn’t adding to the problem either. While nothing blew us away, the food was solid with the good outweighing the bad.
Like their Nolita location, Tacombi’s Bleecker street spot works for an affordable group dinner.
Madre Mezcaleria is a Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights with homemade tortillas and a lot of mezcal.
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Caracas Arepa Bar
The Williamsburg outpost of Caracas Arepa Bar has a rum bar attached and lots of outdoor seating.
Chimu Peruvian Cuisine
Chimu is a Peruvian spot in Williamsburg that’s a good option for casual group dinners. The back patio is also nice for summer date nights.
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