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  1. Al Di La
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    Al Di La

    248 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215

    A while back, Stang wrote a letter to Little Owl, which I thought was one of his best reviews to date. Now it’s my turn. Dearest Al Di La. It’s taken way too long for this relationship to get off the ground. People have been telling me about you for a while now, saying we’d […]

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  2. Porsena
    8.2

    Porsena

    21 E. 7th St., East Village, NY 10003

    It’s true. We can be tough to please. Case in point, Porchetta, 2009. As rave reviews flew, and religious texts were ameneded to include word of Sara Jenkins’ roasted pork sandwich, we went public with our disappointment. We just couldn’t get on board with all those five star write ups and online Yelp freak outs. […]

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  3. Quality Italian
    8.2

    Quality Italian

    57 W. 57th St., Midtown, NY 10019

    From the team that brought you Quality Meats, welcome to Quality Italian, or as we like to call it – Midtown’s Carbone. Now, there are probably at least a few of you out there that scoff at the suggestion that a restaurant anywhere near Midtown could be compared to a fixture of the downtown “scene” […]

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    Parm

    248 Mulberry St., Nolita, NY 10012

    We already know that the fellas behind Torrisi run our kind of restaurant and serve our kind of food, so it’s not big surprise that we love Parm, their new Italian sandwich shop. Simple Italian food is a lost art in NYC. You might find chicken parmesan, baked ziti and mozzarella sticks at your sh*tty […]

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  5. Frankies 457
    8.1

    Frankies (457) Spuntino

    457 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Not that Frankies needs another glowing review, but this really is a fantastic restaurant if you can manage to get a table. It’s a tiny, cozy joint with simple Italian cooking, and the food is pretty damn great.

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  6. The Meatball Shop
    8.1

    The Meatball Shop

    84 Stanton Street, Lower East Side, NY 10002

    A restaurant on the Lower East Side operating with the sole purpose of turning out ridiculously good meatballs and presenting you a few options in which to consume them.

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  7. Trattoria L'incontro
    8.1

    Trattoria L’incontro

    21-76 31st St., Astoria, NY 11105

    Trattoria L’incontro was not likely to be a restaurant we would ever actually go to, let alone one that we would review. At least that’s what we thought two years ago, when we were here to shoot some video content with one of our artists. It’s not that Trattoria L’incontro seemed like a bad restaurant […]

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  8. Frank
    8.0

    Frank

    88 2nd Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    Frank has been serving hungry hipsters in this hood for years now and doing it with their own DIY “we do it our way” attitude. The food is consistently solid, though a little underwhelming at times, but you come back regardless because it’s places like this that make the East Village one of the greatest neighborhoods in the world.

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  9. Terroir
    8.0

    Terroir

    413 E. 12th St, East Village, NY 10009

    Having already professed our love for Terrior Tribeca, it should come as no suprise that we back the original in the East Village just as hard. We generally ignore wine bars. For the most part, wine bars are like sports bars; they’re all the same. Most lack two very important qualities – personality and good […]

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  10. Sorella
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    Sorella

    95 Allen St., Lower East Side, NY 11201

    A sleek, modern wine bar with excellent food and great taste in music. The downside? It get’s crowded, the layout is strange and it’s pricey. Nonetheless, Sorella is worth a visit.

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