Crowded streets, towering skyscrapers and packed subway cars are well-documented hazards of the Big Apple experience. It says “big” right in the name for a reason. NY’ers love to do it bigger. From the parties to the pizza slice, NYC is all about offering up the biggest “bang”.
There is, another side to NYC, between the big box, the latest that’s being offered up, are little gems laid out over the city, but often so small, so hidden away, or just so modest they hide back in the madness. These are the spots you go when you need a moment away.
That’s when tiny restaurants come to the rescue.
Below you’ll find a few choice examples of tiny restaurants in New York City that are ideal for intimate meals and low-key conversations over drinks. These are the pint-sized culinary heroes that keep the New York dining scene feeling fresh, creative and delightfully unpredictable.
Dining at dinnertable feels as intimate and comfortable as sharing a meal at your best friend’s home. With an open kitchen as tiny as a postage stamp (and lacking gas!), husband-and-wife chef duo Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito manage to produce some of the most impressive, buzzy and adventurous food in the city. The speakeasy-style restaurant is nestled behind East Village hotspot The Garret East and serves just 19 people at a time. The menu is sophisticated yet unpretentious, allowing diners to savour funky Italian dishes that pair optimally with the venue’s spot-on drink menu filled with updated classic cocktails and exceptional Italian wines (heavy on natural and biodynamic options) from small producers.
Nestled between sleepy storefronts on quaint East 6th Street, The Eddy features an 11-seat bar area and 32-seat dining room. Owner and executive chef Brendan McHale rotates his a la carte and five-course tasting menus almost daily, updating classic American dishes with unpredictable preparations and exclusively seasonal, local ingredients. McHale’s menu is perfectly complemented by co-owner and wine director Jason Soloway’s sophisticated wine list and the balanced, seasonal cocktails of head bartender Luis Hernandez (pro tip: try the Purple Rain!).
Inspired by French-country cuisine, Wallflower in the West Village truly proves the old adage, ‘‘good things come in small packages’. With just 30 seats, the low-key boîte is known for a truly superlative cocktail list (crafted by Xavier Herit, a veteran of Daniel and the Experimental Cocktail Club) as well as adventurous seasonal tasting and a la carte menus. Executive chef Derrick Paez (another Daniel alum) modernizes French classics on his dinner and brunch menus – showstoppers include Caramelized Bread Pudding, Shrimp & Grits and Jerk Spiced Quail.
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