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Posted: Aug 17, 2021

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NYC is requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors beginning August 16th. These restaurants already require your vaxport in order to dine.

01

Cafe Altro Paradiso

234 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

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Café Altro Paradiso narrows in on the best elements of Italian cuisine, but with a minimalist rustic-chic canvas. With industrial-inspired lighting, a massive floor-to-ceiling wine rack doubling as a sleek wall sculpture, and a mix of marble and wood tabletops, this is not your typical Italian bistro. You’ll be glad to know that that same attention to detail extends to its meticulous plating—whether you’re going for something as classic as their lasagnette or as unique as their cherries-based crudo di tonno.

02

Cervo's

43 Canal St (btwn Ludlow & Orchard St), New York, NY 10002

Cervo's

Cervo's is a chic eatery that specializes in all things under the sea (with a special shout-out to its oyster bar), and its intimate, modern design does perfect justice to its bold, organic menu. We’re especially obsessed with the yellow slatwall panel booths, red and white encaustic floor tiles, and classic white tile walls to highlight the overall charming atmosphere.

03

Dame

87 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Dame

87 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Ed Szymanski and Patricia Howard did real well with their seafood-focused pop-up during the pandemic — so well, in fact, that they their Dame Supper Club it into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar. Located at 87 MacDougal Street, beautiful Dame features a marble chef’s counter and open kitchen, and is currently operating with outdoor seating only. Seafood is still the name of the game here and reflective of the seasons; the fish and chips that made Dame so popular are a mainstay.

04

Estela's

47 E Houston St (at Mulberry St), New York, NY 10012

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When it comes to describing the restaurant scene, New Yorkers are often master code breakers. Yes, “intimate” is often code for “small,” and yes, “farm-to-table” often means “New American.” Estela, though undersized and overcrowded, is elegant and laid back with an atmosphere that makes the most of the cozy space. The Mediterranean-themed menu is creative and fresh, and while you can’t go wrong with any of the options. The wine list was curated by former Blue Hill at Stone Barns sommelier Thomas Carter, so you know you’re in good hands with any vintage you choose. Pro-tip: the 14 seats at the bar are reserved for walk-ins only and may provide more ample room than table seating, so don’t sweat reservations here.

05

The Happiest Hour

121 W 10th St (btwn Greenwich Ave & Patchin Pl), New York, NY

The Happiest Hour

The Happiest Hour is a whimsical new cocktail bar and full-service restaurant by Acme’s Jon Neidich and veteran New York bartender Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad Hotel and Pegu Club. A young and high-energy space dressed in tiki-inspired decor (don’t worry, it’s tasteful), this cocktail lounge is the quintessential lazy weeknight pick-me-up. Good news—the only menu option you need to consider here is the burger. So that's what you're having tonight.

06

Il Buco

47 Bond St (btwn Lafayette & Bowery), New York, NY 10012

Il Buco

47 Bond St (btwn Lafayette & Bowery), New York, NY 10012

Il Buco deserves to be in your date night rotation, especially if you’re in the mood for Italian. An antique shop in its past life, this Umbrian restaurant has more than a little magic in its rustic ambiance. The wine list spans the globe and showcases boutique producers, and you’ll find the bottles adorning the walls of the 200-year-old underground wine cellar, which, rumor has it, inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.”

07

Joseph Leonard

170 Waverly Pl (btwn Christopher & W 10th St), New York, NY 10014

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If you want to feel like you’re taking your S.O. over to a friend’s place—but with really good food—head to Joseph Leonard. On the menu is New American fare like duck breast, stuffing with bacon and gruyere, and fried artichokes. The friendly staff, great food and inviting ambiance make us want to move in permanently. Is that allowed?

08

Llama Inn

50 Withers St (at Lorimer St), Brooklyn, NY 11211

Llama Inn

Llama Inn is a big, airy Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg with rave reviews and an open kitchen where you can see all the action. The plates are large, so order a few dishes to share together (along with some of their incredible cocktails) whilst you unwind and catch up on what's new.

09

Via Corota

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Via Corota

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Inspired by a 17th-century villa in the hills near Florence, Via Carota honors old-world Italian roots, lifestyle, food, and décor. The rustic vibe is reflected in the thoughtful details like wooden floors reclaimed from an old gymnasium, vintage chapel chairs from England, and rustic wooden cabinets filled with heirloom china. With an ever-changing menu, the food honors local markets and seasonal ingredients.

10

The Fly

549 Classon Ave (at Fulton Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11238

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The Fly is a hip new chicken bar that’s the perfect spot when novel-esque menus elsewhere have you and your beloved trapped in indecision paralysis. This bar is all about homey simplicity, with the entire menu fitting on a letter board. They maintain that Brooklyn diner feel with warm red tiles that lead to a simple wooden bar or booths, and their entire wine selection displayed on minimalist shelving. Fun fact: The popular “fruit fly” cocktail at sister location Hart’s is one dollar cheaper here. This is a date invite you can keep very simple: You. Me. Chicken. Alcohol.

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