One of the first questions everyone asks when getting together with friends is “Where are we going to eat?” However, you don’t want to eat just anywhere. No one wants to waste their hard earned money on a terrible meal. Therefore, we’ve compiled the 21 best restaurants in Lower Manhattan, NYC you don’t want to miss.

When trying to decide where you want to eat, you can find just about anything in Lower Manhattan. Everything from a quaint little breakfast diner, a grab and go lunch, to a casual or multi-course dinner at one of New York’s finest venues. Many of these Lower Manhattan restaurants are known around the world.

1. Westville. This lower Manhattan restaurant features appetizers like crab cakes, sandwiches like steak and grilled chicken reuben, salmon, and burgers served on a Portuguese muffin.

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2. Mission Chinese Food. A large two-story restaurant with a very broad menu that includes pizza, prime rib, pastrami and more.

3. Russ & Daughters Cafe. Jewish comfort food with a refined 21st-century deli style flare that showcases smoked fish platters, caviar, blintzes and other fine foods.

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4. Wildair. This little wonder offers a wide variety of cuisine such as white shrimp, pork rillettes, ceviche, spiced tuna and wine by the bottle or glass.

5. Upstate. This East Village oyster bar serves first-rate seafood and has a revolving craft beer list at very reasonable prices.

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6. Uncle Boons. Serves traditional Thailand dishes, such as: rotisserie chicken, frog legs, curry snails, ribs, crab rice and has a vintage vibe.

7. Balvanera. Steaks, seasonal vegetables and other popular dishes served family-style.

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8. Balthazar. Offers traditional bistro fare that’s open for breakfast through late-night. They also offer a raw seafood bar, as well as breads and pastries from their bakery.

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9. The Dutch. An all American restaurant serving steak, burgers, seafood, pasta and more.

10. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya. First-class sushi in unique and classic form, as well as some local favorites.

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11. Lure Fishbar. A versatile eatery serving exceptional fish dishes, lobster rolls, New York strips, roasted chicken and their famous burgers.

12. Contra. American cuisine using seasonal ingredients to craft original, unique dishes that will please just about any palate.

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13. Katz’s Delicatessen. This 127 year deli is famous for their enormous sandwiches and their quality deli meats.

14. Cafe Katja. An authentic Austrian restaurant that serves classics such as wursts and schnitzels and has a very large selection of quality beers.

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15. Estela. Serves a wide variety of market driven dishes such as mussels escabeche on toast, beef tartare and ricotta dumplings.

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16. Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant. This tiny bakery and cafe serves American food at its best, such as: queso mac-n-cheese, chicken wings, fish tacos, shrimp and cheese grits and more.

17. Emilio’s Ballato. A traditional Italian restaurant with old world Italian flare.

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18. Pig and Khao. Southeast Asian food with Thai and Filipino pork inspired dishes at very reasonable prices

19. Oiji. A small East Village restaurant serving traditional Korean dishes with a modern flare at reasonable prices.

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20. Sweet Chick. Chicken dishes at their best including chicken and waffle combos and unique seasonal inventions.

21. Barrio Chino. Very affordable Mexican dishes in a small, quaint setting and a very popular tequila menu.

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