It’s Friday. We asked five of our editors to spill their ideal plans for tonight, without leaving their respective neighborhoods.
Emily W., assistant editor
Warm Up: The gigantic rotating selection of craft beers on tap at Washington Commons never disappoints.
Main Course: Chicken enchiladas with mole from Chavella’s makes a strong case for Mexican.
Next Level: The best way to interrupt skee ball games at Franklin Park? A BLT from Dutch Boy Burger next door.
Lauren L., editor
Warm Up: Order a raspberry pepper tequila or two at No. 7. Maybe a broccoli taco if things get crazy.
Main Course: Locanda Vini & Olii’s never-faltering Italian is worth the short walk to the edge of the neighborhood.
Next Level: Slink into Kif for the romantic outdoor tables and cushy couches in back. It’s Moroccan (no, not as in Mariah Carey’s child).
Lauren B., editor
Warm Up: Sake and pork belly sliders spiked with Kochujang chili paste and scallions at Danji.
Main Course: Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery’s back window for pineapple-flecked roast pork al pastor and classic arroz con pollo. Wine down at cheese temples Casellula or Ardesia.
Next Level: Flights of house-infused rums and frothy cocktails at subterranean surf den Réunion (chased by late-night toasted marshmallows on Nutella toast).
Jay B., managing editor
Warm Up: The elevated garden at David Burke Kitchen gets you closer to the late-afternoon sun. The wine gets you closer to an awesome night.
Main Course: Smoked ricotta ravioli and monster peel-and-eat shrimp at The Dutch. You’ll need an extra napkin. Should you need a late-night dinner, try Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
Next Level: Imperial No. Nine’s garden for the caramel popcorn ice cream and the No. 7. Pegu Club to fight the crowds for a Penicillin (favorite cocktail in NYC, but not always on the menu).
Jordan B., New York editor
Warm Up: Highlands. Egg white-spiked whiskey sour or bubbly at the bar. Fat, mellow, buttery oysters if there’s an open table.
Main Course: Joseph Leonard (mackerel and Brussels sprouts) or, with foresight, L’Artusi (garganelli with mushrooms).
Next Level: Pause at Empellón for a Por Que No, get weird at The Jane Hotel, or shoot the s*it and play shuffleboard at Fat Cat.
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