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The Late, Great Cafe Orlin Is Now a Colorful Little Outpost With a Name That Nods to the Beat Generation

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Paper Daisy is the newly appointed resident of what was formerly Cafe Orlin, and we personally think it's filling the late Village staple's big shoes nicely. The huge space has been converted to include a main dining/drinking area, featuring tall communal tables and a turquoise, wrap-around, suede banquette, plus a smaller cafe space. Cocktails flow here with some pretty awesome dinner hits on the food menu, but what we love most is its nod to heritage: The name Paper Daisy is an allusion to the poem "Pull My Daisy" by Beat Generation hall-of-famers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady, who wrote it together when they were all in NYC in 1949. The poem hangs in the space, a lovely touch.

If you like it hot and are looking for a spicy kick to end the evening, Szechuan Mountain House is your spot. The restaurant atmosphere has been self-diagnosed as “zen quietude”, with a koi pond, Chinese calligraphy, zen brush, and an iron teapot with ceramics served to you in bamboo clad booths that "all tell you the zen culture of China." The menu, speaks far beyond Zen, with eclectic takes on traditional Szechuan cooking. Their signature dishes include sliced pork belly with chili garlic sauce, stewed fish fillet with pickled cabbage and chili, Chinese yam with sweet and hot sauce, and stir-fried chicken with dry red chili.

Paper Daisy

41 St. Marks Place, Manhattan

Szechuan Mountain House

23 St. Marks Place, Manhattan

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