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Head to the East Village for Flavorful Sushi and Spiked Shakes

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Tonight, embrace simplicity. Takahachi may not have all the fancy bells and whistles of some higher-end sushi restaurants, but what it lacks in over-the-top decadence it more than makes up for in flavor. This East Village locale takes its food seriously, and everything from its Kinuta Maki roll to the bacon-wrapped okra is handled with exceptional precision. This place is perfect if you’re on the hunt for a diamond in the rough (though calling the East Village “rough” might be pushing it).

After dinner, make your way over to the Sidewalk Cafe, home of the longest-running open mic in New York City. Pull up a seat in this homey bistro and enjoy everything from politically-charged poetry to interpretative performance art—or if you’re feeling brave, take the stage yourself. Though there isn’t a cover, there’s a courtesy request of purchasing a minimum of two “somethings,” which is basically just a great excuse to drink more. If you aren't surew what to order, this place serves spiked milkshakes—and the Bourbon Old Fashioned is crazy-levels delicious.

Takahachi

85 Avenue A, Manhattan

Sidewalk Cafe

94 Avenue A, Manhattan

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