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When in doubt......after a long day....favorite local restaurants you can rely on

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Every neighborhood has them. Neighborhood restaurants with good food, often great food. Restaurants that are unknown, unless you live nearby - but which are the perfect end to a long day or week.

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  1. Mine would be Swagat, Turkuaz and Symposium on the UWS.
    Ariana, El Centro and Roberto Passon in HK.
    Westville, Café Condesa, Cornelia Street Café, Bianca and Red Bamboo in the West Village.
    I don't have dinner in the EV/LES too often, but when I do, it's usually at Café Mogador or Soy.

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    1. Oriental Grill (OG) on 6th between A and B serves up tasty and imaginative Asian fusion dishes. They serve a wonderful roast duck with mango puree, delicious mushroom dumplings, a spicy calamari salad. They usually have a reliable supply of specials as well.

      I've always enjoyed their wine selection. The service is impeccable, most of the staff has been there a while and they have great instincts for customer service.

      Considering the long lines at other nearby places like ... Sidewalk (?!) , OG is always a refreshing reminder of what a good restaurant should be.

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      1. re: Rodrigo

        This place is so comfortable... we can always get a seat, even on Friday night at 8pm. Love it.

      2. Mine would be Blue Ribbon and Blue Ribbon Bakery; and Raoul's.

        1. I live in the East Village, and after a long day, we often slip into Grand Sichuan on St Marks. There's rarely a wait, and those soup dumplings really hit the spot. I wouldn't say that it's unknown, but I'm surprised it's not busier.

          1. Despite the knocks its received on this board recently. I love having a hearty plate of pasta and a couple glasses of wine at the [very] small, but very friendly bar at Po.