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Plan a casual evening at this Loisaida spot, which occupies the former Banjo Jim’s space. The spirit of that honky-tonk joint remains alive with eclectic tunes on the speakers and an upright piano that hosts the occasional jam session. The menu abounds with ambitious bar snacks, including olives marinated in rosemary, red pepper and citrus ($5), and a salad of shaved brussels sprouts ($8), simply dressed with lemon and honey. Hearty sandwiches ($9–$12) are the real draw; we like the pernil romero ($10), a heap of slow-roasted pork shoulder marinated in sour-orange juice and garlic, served on a crunchy baguette. Embrace the space’s divey history and down a few $5 Miller High Life longnecks.
This classic dim sum institution—the oldest in the city—is enjoying a renaissance following a 2010 overhaul. The food is fresher than the dollar-dumpling competition, but the prices remain pleasingly low. Order several plates to get the most bang for your buck: Start with a steamed sampler ($9.95) of traditional shrimp and pork shumai and dumplings, and add on dishes such as the ultra-fluffy oversize roasted-pork bun ($1.25), the flaky fried crêpe egg roll ($3.95) and the tender eggplant ($3.50) stuffed with a spiced shrimp-and-squid mixture.
Chef Edric Har (Le Bernardin, Veritas) and his wife, Melissa, are behind this locavore eatery, an urban romantic’s alternative to scarfing takeout on the couch. Sample glossy versions of Chinese-American staples, such as General Tso’s chicken ($11.50) or wonton soup ($12.75), a meaty broth studded with bite-size bundles of shrimp and pork, served with house-made egg noodles. Conclude with a luscious coconut-banana pudding ($4).
This Japanese import specializes in miso: Blown-up photos depicting giant wooden vats of the stuff adorn the narrow, stripped-down space, and the menu showcases three renowned regional styles of the fermented soybean paste. A bowl of shiro miso char siu ($13.80) offers a good value: The filling dish combines slightly sweet shiro miso broth with crispy fried tofu, thin slices of pork loin, scallions and fresh egg noodles. Couples will want to spring for the gyoza ($4.50), pan-fried pork dumplings served with a soy–chili-oil dipping sauce. • (misoyanyc.com)
Escapist boozing takes center stage at this breezy barroom, where the team behind Five Leaves offers an impressionistic ode to the West Indies and Latin America. Try the Sun Also Rises: The drink ($10) takes inspiration from Papa Hemingway’s favored tipple, the daiquiri, combining aged Flor de Caña rum with fresh lime juice, maraschino cherries and absinthe. Fortify yourselves with options from the menu of elevated bar snacks, all of which clock in at less than $15: We like the mariquitas pie ($12), a playful nacho riff that tops fried plantains with black beans, queso fresco and smoked-chili salsa, and the tempura-style rock shrimp ($10), served with a fiery orange-chili aioli.
This affable neighborhood spot, the latest venture from the team behind Anella and Saint Vitus, looks to Latin America as muse. Chef Gabriel Moya dishes out composed, shareable plates that are as pretty as they are affordable: Try the duck confit terrine ($11) and scallop ceviche with sweet-potato puree ($14). Vegetarians can sample dishes like blackened carrots with forbidden rice, wood sorrel and hibiscus gastrique ($9), or broccoli rabe and baby potatoes served with aioli ($9). • (calyerbrooklyn.com)
The retro offshoot of Torrisi Italian Specialties is a charming dinner-date spot, outfitted with wallpaper from the 1950s, neon signs, Formica and red swivel barstools. Hearty, satisfying updates to homey Italian-American classics—such as a slab of baked ziti ($12) that’s crisped on the flattop before serving—are especially gratifying, with few dishes priced higher than $15. Add on a couple of appetizers, such as garlic bread ($5) or crisp fried calamari ($12), and remember to save room for dessert: The showstopping ice-cream cake ($11) is a towering slice, with tricolor layers (green pistachio, pink strawberry and dark-brown chocolate), white rosettes of whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino cherry on top. • (parmnyc.com)
Evoking the hip taverns of urban Mexico, this spin-off of Hecho en Dumbo goes back to that restaurant’s Brooklyn roots, with upmarket Mexican street food, and raucous live music and DJs on the weekends. The inexpensive menu—nothing is more than $10—is limited to six items: Pair a few orders of tortitas ($8), two torta sliders served on brioche, with the hot-dog callejero ($4), a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped dog topped with fresh chopped tomato, jalapeño and onion. Skip the pricier drinks and sip on a refreshing michelada ($6), made with either light or dark Mexican beer (or a combination of the two).
Satisfying ’cue comes to Park Slope, courtesy of Jacques Gautier, who owns the Pan-Latin joint Palo Santo just across the street. The cozy digs are kitted out with communal tables, making it easy to split hulking portions of meat. You can get pulled pork ($6–$19) or brisket ($8–$24) by the quarter, half or full pound, along with racks of St. Louis–style ribs ($9–$29), served on brown butcher paper. Round out your order with down-home sides (two for $4), including baked beans that incorporate burnt ends, and slow-cooked collard greens.
Craving a warm bowl of pasta smothered in sauce? Stop into PASTAI, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea that offers everything from bucatini to tagliatelle. In the Italian tradition, order several antipasti for your first course. Fried olives stuffed with pecorino ($9), charred octopus with fennel-citrus salad ($18) and a thinly sliced cantaloupe and prosciutto salad ($15) might tempt you. Follow it up with ravioli stuffed with ricotta and mint in white wine sauce ($20), lemony tagliatelle with lobster, spinach, cherry tomatoes and crispy artichoke hearts ($27) or classic lasagna with short rib ragu, bechamel, ricotta and broccoli rabe ($22). Those looking for a lower carb option could try the seared salmon with quinoa and fava beans ($28) or the roasted half-chicken with mushroom marsala sauce ($20). Don’t miss the house-made desserts like ricotta doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with orange-scented pastry cream ($12) or flourless mocha cake drizzled with warm chocolate sauce ($11).
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