*Los Feliz - 2 words: Tacos and Tequila! The multi-level space is meant to evoke a glamorous Mexican taqueria that’s recently been unearthed (see: line drawings etched into plastered walls, dulled-with-age chandeliers, and marble slab bar tops). Sip rose tequila and chow down on sea bass tacos and huitlacoche quesadillas (until 4 a.m., Thursday through Saturday). Los Feliz, 109 Ludlow Street, between Delancey and Rivington Streets (212-228-8383 losfeliznyc.com).
* 'Inoteca e Liquori Bar - Nibble (until 1 a.m. nightly) on ’Inoteca’s renowned truffled egg toast; a panino stuffed with prosciutto, three cheeses, or soppressata; or piatti including polenta, pollo arrosto, and osso buco.’Inoteca e Liquori Bar, 323 Third Avenue, at 24th Street (212-683-3035 inotecanyc.com). Also check out their LES spot, which is a favorite of mine.
* Meatball Shop - So simple yet so smart: meatballs galore in pork, beef, vegetable, and chicken. Order them alone, in a slider, on a hero, or with sauce (until 4 a.m., Thursday through Saturday). Leave room for an ice cream sandwich, it's delicious!!!! The Meatball Shop, 84 Stanton Street, between Allen and Orchard Streets (212-982-8895 themeatballshop.com). and don't forget to check out their new West Village location :) ( and the co-owner/chef is sizzling hot! )