359 Sixth Ave., nr. Washington Pl.; 646-559-9909
Seamus Mullen’s snug, beautifully realized Spanish taverna in the West Village.
379 Greenwich St., at N. Moore St.; 212-925-3797
This crowd-pleasing Italian cooking promotes a good time in a casually stylish, relatively economical way.
113 MacDougal St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-475-3850
The vibe at Minetta is buzzy, exclusive, and properly chaotic, but the menu is a compact, carefully edited compendium of practiced brasserie favorites.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
207 Second Ave., at 13th St.; 212-254-3500
The mobbed showplace of a unique brand of earthy, Asian-accented "Refined Meathead" cuisine.
Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.; 212-965-0955
In the realm of red-sauce cooking, this spot is nothing short of revolutionary.