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Chaos reigns at this Jewish-style steakhouse, and that is just how its owner want it to be. The large space is cramped, loud and fun. It has become a tradition to start the meal with frozen vodka. Sammy's is also famous for the chicken schmaltz (rendered fat) available at every table, in defiance of those who want to try and make you be healthy. However, people really come here for the steak and the boisterous Yiddish music.
Cafe Katja is a cozy little restaurant with a warm, intimate feel to it. A great place for a quiet drink and snacks or a romantic meal, the menu largely features German and Austrian classics like beef goulash, weiner schnitzel, homemade liverwurst, meatballs and soft pretzels. Not your typical beer garden, the restaurant is a nice place to enjoy a pleasant meal in a nice ambiance. They take reservations for parties of six and more. To reserve a table, give them a call.
This old world German restaurant has an abundance of continental charm. It's a touch of Bavaria on the Lower East Side. At Loreley, no one goes home hungry and be sure to bring your appetite because the fare is hearty and filling. Whether it's the schnitzel sandwiches, liverwurst on German rye, herring in cream sauce with onions or apples and salt potatoes, you will be sure to exceed your daily calorie quotient and be left with barely enough room for a dessert of baked Camembert with loganberry sauce. They also have a DJ Lounge in the basement which frequently features international talent. Sit in their garden for a lovely setting in which to enjoy your food.
While the East Village has long been a hip neighborhood, it was first known as an ethnic community. The Ukrainian restaurant Veselka is a remnant of that history. This combination luncheonette and sidewalk cafe with an Eastern European air features breakfast muffins, bagels, potato pancakes and cheese blintzes among other selections. For lunch, a hearty borscht and their famous pierogies should do the trick, while a dinner meal of kielbasa or veal goulash should leave you smiling and satisfied.
Odessa is your friendly, Eastern European neighborhood diner in Alphabet City. Odessa caters to those looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and since it's open 24-hours, you can order anything you want any time of day. The menu is massive, where the kitchen seemingly prepares every type of dish, from seafood, pasta, sandwiches and waffles to blintzes, gyros and steaks.
Visit Alta to experience authentic Spanish delicacies in a romantic atmosphere. Peppers stuffed with creamy rice, and warm goat cheese fritters, served with some exclusive Mediterranean wine, are local favorites. The Spanish hacienda style decor adds to the restaurant's exotic environs. No wonder, the place is hugely frequented by large groups. Weekends have special menus for the late revelers.
Wallse was awarded Michelin star almost as soon as it opened, creating the kind of buzz that you can't buy - and a pretty lengthy reservation list. The food is largely Austrian - it's rich, a little on the heavy side, and served in generous portions. The desserts are exemplary - warm apple strudel anyone? And the wine list is solid. It's the kind of restaurant that warrants a special occasion; be ready to spend big but eat fantastically well. Opt for the outside patio on those gorgeous, sunny days.
Headed up by renowned chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig's menu of English-inspired gastropub fare is worth seeking out. Take a seat in the cozy dining room, decorated with mismatched bar stools and pig-themed art. The most popular item on the menu is the burger - thick, juicy, perfectly cooked, and served with a side of shoestring fries, it's a must-try. If you're in the mood for something lighter, try the apple salad with walnuts and cheddar.
A neighborhood restaurant with a rustic charm, Kafana is modeled after a typical Serbian bistro-bar. The restaurant pays homage to it's roots and the menu features meat-based dishes quite heavily. With a nice selection of beers and wines, it's a nice place to stop by for a casual dinner with friends. Dishes to try include the typical Kobasice or sausages grilled to perfection; as well as other favorites like Cevapi, bacon-wrapped stuffed prunes and Sopska salad. Don't miss out on the unique desserts to end your meal like the chestnut puree with whipped cream and a hot coffee.
Boqueria provides a twist on tapas-scene dining, provided by a chef who recently spent two years checking out the local restaurant scene in Spain. Small, attractive plates of regional cheeses and cured ham replicate those of everyday Spanish eating, while flat breads, salads and sandwiches also feature heavily on the menu. For a stronger appetite, there's excellent entrees like gallina en pepitoria (braised cornish hen) and arroz cremoso (bomba rice with salt cod). Try the helado borracho for dessert to taste the superb Pedro Ximenez, a varietal sherry from Andalusia. No reservations accepted.
Mari Vanna is a delightful Russian eatery named after a fictional Russian babushka. The restaurant's owners have attempted to recreate the ambiance of a typical old-world Russian grandma's home. Even the restroom at Mari Vanna sports old world fittings and walls that are papered with pages from old Russian newspapers. The food and beverage menu at Mari Vanna includes 78 brands of premium vodka and several homemade infused brews, which have flavors like watermelon, horseradish, apricot and more. They also offer traditional Russian fares, like herring under a fur coat (herring and vegetable salad), pelmeni (Veal Dumplings) and borscht with pompushka (beet soup with beef). This place offers a prix-fixe lunch menu all week and a brunch menu on the weekends.
Experience exquisite Nordic cuisine at this intimate restaurant located in Brooklyn. The food menu is ingredient-driven and the kitchen team goes to great lengths to procure the best; from handpicking vegetables to sourcing ethically raised meats. The menu offerings are extremely innovative and are sure to take you by surprise. Diners have an option of either a seven course tasting menu or a leisurely 10-course extravaganza. Though a dinner at Aska certainly won't be cheap, it's great value for money considering what you are served.