The Real Subway Diet 

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Impress out-of-neighborhood New Yorkers with local color at:
Punjabi Deli, 114 E 1st St.
Kind-hearted Sikhs selling the best food ever at the best prices ever… Win. Win.

Drown your sorrows in peace and quiet at:
Local 138, 138 Ludlow St.
With one of the few honest-to-goodness snugs left in the city, you can shut the door to the outside world and get blotto in peace.

L 14 St - Union Square

Impress your fiancée’s parents at:
Union Square Café, 21 E. 16th St.
It’s certainly not the fanciest or the trendiest, but it never seems to take a wrong step.

Impress your little brother at:
Chat n’ Chew, 10 E 16th St
Porkchops, sandwiches, huge portions... the kid’ll go nuts.

Impress out-of-neighborhood New Yorkers with local color at:
Tsampa, 212 E 9th St.
This humble, quiet little place is an oasis of calm and deliciousness. The shiitake pancakes are a must.

Spend a week’s salary on a cocktail at:
Underbar, 201 Park Ave S.
They have nooks, with ropes in them. Pull the rope, the waitress comes. Wow.

Drown your sorrows in peace and quiet at:
The Cellar, 325 14th St.
Not sure if you’ll actually get the peace and quiet, but you’ll certainly get the sorrow.

Groceries for your roommates birthday dinner at:
The Green Market of course! (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
You can get almost everything you need from local farmers, bakers, cheesemakers and more.

Make a new friend at:
Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place
C’mon, when was the last time you hooked up in the middle of a bowling alley? There’s always a first time.

Make a nostalgic nod to old New York at:

Pete’s Tavern, 129 E 18th St.
Locked in a heated debate with McSorley’s (15 E 7th St) about which is the oldest continuously running bar in the city. So yeah, it’s old…

Feel like you’re eating in an entirely different country at:
Rolf’s, 281 Third Ave.
Ok, it’s not exactly authentic German, but it’s pretty close to a strudel-addled eight year old’s dream of old Deutschland.

Pick up a “meal” you can eat on the subway at:
The Green Market.
Why bother with greasy pizza when you can get any number of homegrown organic goodies on the fly.

6 Spring St.

Impress your fiancée’s parents at:
Public, 210 Elizabeth St
AvroKO-designed restaurant with ambitious New Zealand-influenced cuisine.

Impress your little brother at:
Freeman’s, 191 Chrystie St
There are stuffed animal heads on the wall, and everyone knows those are the next best thing to a great sports bar.

Impress out-of-neighborhood New Yorkers with local color at:
Xicala, 151-B Elizabeth St
Tiny family-owned tapas bar that concocts unbelievable sangria.

Spend a week’s salary on a cocktail at:
Odea, 389 Broome St.
Dark opium den of a space run by über-professional bartenders mixing exotic fruit infused cocktails.

Drown your sorrows in peace and quiet at:
Milano’s, 51 E. Houston St
There’s almost always a nice Irish bartender on hand who’s more than willing to listen to your trouble and provide the appropriate therapy.

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