100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

Categories: Hurricane Sandy

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So many tasty reasons to head downtown for dinner

Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other flooded. Now that power is back in Manhattan, it might seem like things are back to normal for downtown.

Well, they're not.

Downtown restaurants of all stripes -- from little dumpling joints and food stands to fine dining rooms -- need you right now. Employees have lost wages, kitchens have lost their inventory, and restaurants need customers to help jump start business again. If you like to eat and drink, if you value New York City's rich, diverse, resilient restaurant culture, go out for dinner! Hell, go out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spend what you can where you can, and tip generously.

Still need a little persuading? Here are 100 reasons to eat downtown from the Fork team, just to get you started. And, of course, it's only a snapshot of downtown's deliciousness -- tell us about your favorites in the comments (or on Twitter @forkintheroadvv).


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Masak. Because it's not every day you find a spicy crab dip with mantou to write home about.







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Yuba. Even the miso soup shines at this Japanese gem.







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Sao Mai. Robert Sietsema calls the pho at this Vietnamese spot one of the best in town.







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Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter. Oh, that glorious fried-chicken sandwich!








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Veselka. Because the borscht and grilled cheese go 24 hours a day.








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Hearth Because Marco Canora's beautifully simple food tastes like home to us.









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Calliope. Because you'll see why Tejal Rao is kind of obsessed with the baba au rhum.










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Sheng Wang. Hot stir-fried peel noodles!









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Dirt Candy. Amanda Cohen runs a wonderful vegetarian restaurant with a sense of humor.









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Katz's Delicatessen. Because this place is a national treasure, the pastrami sandwiches are massive, and the poor fools who think it's nothing more than a tourist trap are seriously missing out.



Location Info

Masak - CLOSED

432 E. 13th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Yuba

105 E. 9th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sao Mai

203 1st Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter

94 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Veselka

144 2nd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Hearth Restaurant

403 E. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Calliope

84 E. 4th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sheng Wang

27 Eldridge St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Dirt Candy

430 E. Ninth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Katz's Delicatessen

205 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Zabb Elee

75 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Jimmy's No. 43

43 E. Seventh St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Pho Viet Huong

73 Mulberry St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Northern Spy Food Co.

511 E. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Super Taste

26 Eldridge St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Cardinal

234 E. 4th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Kuai Le

28 Forsyth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Porchetta

110 E. Seventh St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Curry-Ya

214 E. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar - CLOSED

101 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

B & H Dairy Restaurant

127 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Luke's Lobster

93 E. Seventh St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

13 Doyers St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Banh Mi Saigon Bakery

198 Grand St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Papatzul

55 Grand St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pho Grand

277C Grand St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

A-Wah

5 Catherine St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

DBGB

299 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Music

Exchange Alley - CLOSED

424 E. 9th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Num Pang

21 E. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The John Dory Oyster Bar

1196 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
skskiver
skskiver

Anyone know if Arcane Bistro on Avenue C is open?

UptownFoodette
UptownFoodette

Tromba! New restaurant on Ludlow, opened 2 days before the storm and stayed open every day through the power outage serving delicious fresh food by candlelight. Really cool space, nice owner, awesome wine list. Let's help then make it!

UptownFoodette
UptownFoodette

Tromba! New restaurant on Ludlow, opened 2 days before the storm and stayed open every day through the power outage serving delicious fresh food by candlelight. Really cool space, nice owner, awesome wine list. Let's help then make it!

downtowneater
downtowneater

Don't forget tree bistro, a tiny east village hidden gem... because it's cozy and romantic, and where else can you find really delicious beet risotto? (not to mention all their other yummy stuff)

sms4wg
sms4wg

Cafe Kristall: Because Kurt Gutenbrunner makes the cutest and tastiest finger sandwiches

Mem5
Mem5

Don't forget Fatta Cuckoo @ 63 Clinton - nightly food and drink specials, plus great grub and cocktails to boot!

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