Karam is one of the many small, independent shops and restaurants that make Bay Ridge so fun to visit: homey and familiar—even on a first visit—its excellent food is just one more reason to kick back and stay awhile.
Au Za'atar's Middle Eastern mezze is the kind of food that has you craving more before your plate is half empty.
Cent'Anni's attractive-looking menu holds promise, but it needs more work in the execution.
When you're dining meat-free, Indian restaurants are usually a good bet; even those not devoted to southern Indian cuisine have plenty of vegetarian options to offer. Om on the Upper East Side is a neighborhood standout for just that kind of eating.
Though the menu is uneven, La Goulette has some great vegetarian dishes.
The first thing to know about Amelie, a French-style wine bar in the West Village, is its happy hour. But there's good food to follow.
NeroDoro's handsome interior and its prime corner location are inviting, but the menu needs significant reworking.
Modern Mediterranean bites these aren't. But if you're craving an old-school New York experience, then a night at Pasha might be just the ticket.
Martha is a nice addition to Dekalb Avenue, serving well-made food in a pretty little jewel box of a space.
Reasonably-priced Mediterranean bites aren't quite compelling enough, but a cozy atmosphere at this Soho cafe is one good reason to stay awhile.
A strong emphasis on freshness and lightness distinguishes Bunna's all-vegan food from the other Ethiopian served around town.
Chuko opened in 2011 and continues to draw enough of a dinner crowd that evening waits for a table can stretch perilously close to one hour. But the idea of ramen on a bitingly cold day is too good to pass up, and for the vegetarian noodle-lover, there's good news: Chuko does a great bowl of meat-free ramen.
The specialty at Gregory's 26 Corner is, resoundingly, its warm hospitality. The food doesn't disappoint, either.
The popular wood-fired pizza joint serves up straightforward but tasty salads and panini, making Saraghina a good option for a tasty meat-free meal.
Little Rascal is completely unpretentious and extremely welcoming, and the care put into its food goes above and beyond for a place that likely makes most of its profits off of its booze.
On a recent cold, blustery night, a group of friends and I braved the elements to trek into Greenpoint. Our destination was Sindicato de Cocineros, an expansive, airy space lined with dark wood. The cocktails are interesting. But for vegetarians, the Mexican food leaves something to be desired.
Falansai's modern Vietnamese food is diversifying the Bushwick dining scene. The spiffy setting and sophisticated cooking satisfy, even if the food is sometimes short on punch.
Pakistan Tea House is a special place: not only is its above-average food an incredible bargain, but it's also a welcoming spot that's open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week. In the morning and early afternoon, the restaurant fills with office workers; in the middle of the night, it's home to cab drivers pulling a late shift and night owls with the munchies.
Part of Spicy Village's appeal—besides its excellent noodles and super-low prices—is its setting: servers are warm and friendly, and within such a small space that gets packed so quickly, that helps create a fun, convivial atmosphere. It's great for vegetarians, too, a handy bonus in Chinatown.
Sometimes, takeout gets a bad rap. But I'd be happy to eat the soulful, wonderfully flavored Greek fare at Anthi's any day of the week.