Pala
Pala

Pala

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.palapizza.com/
  • Phone: (212) 614-7252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gigio Palazzo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available for large parties and private events for up to 60 people
  • Special Events: **NEW**
    GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN Menu options available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Houston and Stanton Streets
  • Public Transit: F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available near the restaurant.
A word from Pala
Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this Lower East Side pizza restaurant. Chef/Owner Gigio Palazzo creates oblong Roman pies made with your choice of an ORGANIC MULTIGRAIN Crust or GLUTEN FREE crust. Palá is known for fresh, innovative pies such as "Zucca" pumpkin puree, pancetta and smoked scamorza cheese and "Bufala Cruda" oven melted cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and whole basil leaves. Pizzas are served on long wooden "Pala's" or pizza peels and are excellent for sharing in groups. In addition to pizzas, Palazzo serves up homemade specialties like "arancini" and "fiori di zucca" not to mention an impressive list of salads, pastas and desserts. GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Palá.
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Pala reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (14)hot spot (13)good for groups (11)special occasion (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good gluten free food, but very unfriendly
    GlutenFreeNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This is not a reflection on the staff themselves, but on the policies they have in place. This is the second time we have been to Pala and the only reason we returned was because we are gluten free and needed somewhere convenient to have dinner before a show at Rockwood Music Hall. Our first visit was on my birthday and we were rushed and basically pushed out the door by the hostess. On this visit, our server was perfectly nice, but said they could not make substitutions even though I have a dairy allergy in addition to gluten which is very common. The food we eventually got was good, but they should not sell themselves as an allergy-friendly establishment if they are unwilling to make accommodations.
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  • Will definitely return
    foodcriticwanabee
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This Italian restaurant is a rare find:. Guests with or without food intolerances (gluten, dairy, meat, etc.) can dine together. The chef works well not always being able to use gluten and dairy based ingredients and still delivers quality gourmet food. The ambiance is both rustic and upscale. All staff are 5 star restaurant professionals. The mixed green salad was ideal. The tagliatelle pasta with the porcini mushrooms was divine - mushrooms were smooth and sublime and the pasta was pulled out at precisely the right moment. The warm chocolate cake was tasty - not too sweet and not too bitter; I would order again (and I want the recipe!). Will return to share a pizza and a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    daveb
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My wife and I come to Pala whenever we are in town - she is GF & vegetarian and the food never disappoints - love the risotto balls and even I have GF pizza when here, always accommodating, great staff - absolutely love this place!
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Gluten Free pizza in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Seriously. This is a great date night spot and I would highly recommend it to anyone especially gluten free folks. Their entire menu can be made gluten free and they carry gluten free beer as well. Try the risotto balls and pretty much any of their pizzas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for vegans
    msbmom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The restaurant offers something for everyone. There is a regular menu, vegan menu and most items can be made gluten free. The food was delicious and the service was great! I will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good gluten free
    david
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    their food is good and they have a lot of gluten free options. However, their staff is unaccomadating. We were there for an early dinner and the place was mostly empty. They seated us right on top of the door and were completely unwilling to seat as at another table despite there being a number of them available. Very uncool.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good gluten free pizza!
    cocomyway
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I never eat gluten free substitutes because I'm always disappointed. I really enjoyed my pizza at Palà though!!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • Amazing pizza
    NYCdesign78
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    amazing variety of delicious and unique foods. Gluten free and vegan options great for when you are out with difficult friends.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for gluten free!
    TCorVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious gf pizza, arancini and other authentic Italian dishes.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect pizza place
    andycali6
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved everything about this restaurant. Excellent service and food. Highly recommended:The vegan chocolate cake(I am not even a vegetarian, much less a vegan, but this cake is to die for!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hostile Hostess
    Pala
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The hostess on 9/12/14 looked miserable and was extremely rude to us. The bartender was a sweetheart and was warm, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vegan or omnivore gem
    MJKO
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I are vegan and we were going out with 4 non-vegans. We found Pala on Yelp and decided to give it a try. Wow! Everyone loved their food whether there was meat and cheese or not. Vegan pizza was terrific and the pasta was pretty good too. The other folks loved their non-vegan pizza and pasta as well. Drinks were good and our vegan desert was good too. Pala does it right because they care about both sides of the menu. Great spot. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best gluten-free pizza in NYC
    BGGB
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We love Pala because they make great regular crust pizza for me and amazing gluten-free pizza for my wife. They make it from scratch and it is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Specialty Diets
    Yummilicious
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Some friends and I were looking for a place that would be good for those who really didn't eat meat, would be healthy and ideally located. WE all like Italian and how can you really go wrong with pizza, pasta and salad? The bartender was really personable and knowledgeable. The menu had vegan, gluten free, veggie friendly and meat dishes for those inclined. If I was with any big eaters they might have been disappointed but the food was beautifully prepared and the service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food decent but service rushed
    Kat423
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Came for the vegan menu which looked fantastic. We started with the mushrooms, then ordered the uvetta pizza and the penne. All were delicious, no complaints, but still nothing special, especially for the price and service. Our waitress was overly perky, but in an extremely phony manner. She spoke to us in a very brusque fashion, as though it was the Great Famine and more important people needed our table. The noise of the restaurant was also extremely loud, I felt like I was eating at a rock show. Overall, the food was good, but not worth the price, especially when coupled with the lackluster service and horrible ambient acoustics.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luscious pasta
    charlesbaudelaire
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    wonderful bolognese to die for, great eggplant quinoa, and the gluten free carrot cake of the goddesses...YUM YUM YUM!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    food was SO tasty + our server was knowledgeable about the gluten free options
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • still going strong
    sheva
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    i've been to pala over the years and it's still a solid place that guarantees great food and service. i'm gluten free + vegan and they easily cover both while making the food delicious. definitely recommend going here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Favorite
    Celiyak
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I eat at Pala every time I visit NYC. Their gluten free pizza is the best I've ever found. If you have celiac disease or NCGS, you can trust Pala to serve you a delicious--and safe--meal. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYCFoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good --two of our guests particularly enjoyed the vegan menu --but the service was markedly poor.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 518 reviews are from the Pala reviews archive.
  • Recent dinner
    glutenfreedining
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went to Pala because of the gluten free options available so I would recommend Pala for anyone seeking gluten-free options. Despite a near-empty restaurant, the service was rushed. Be careful if you ask for recommendations, the pizza is a generous portion and we were told it was a "personal" pizza. We should have ordered just one and then ordered another if we were still hungry. That being said, the pizza was delicious!
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  • best vegan pizza
    2fatvegans
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was the most out standing pizza that I have eaten as a vegan. Delicious crust and faux sausage! Crazy good! So much so, we had to order another one! Brilliant atmosphere and superb service. Awesome awesome awesome! Oh! The truffle oil potato chips are not to miss too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amelia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was very good, particularily the eggplant vegan pizza. Excellent. Very nice and friendly waitress.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night loveing
    BrooklynFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My boyfriend and I love going to Pala for date night when we are in the mood for something a bit low key. The service is great and the food is amazing. Incredible pizza and so unique.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Gluten Free
    sean
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Had a couple gluten free pizzas and they were just fantastic. I'd put them up against regular crust any day. Apple tart dessert (also gluten free) was amazing, the tart crust was perfect.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Pizza
    TifKimicata
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I made a reservation for 10 people to celebrate my husband's birthday, and everyone was really excited. I received two phone calls confirming my reservation - one in the morning and one in the evening, closer to the reservation time. I called back after the first call, and I spoke with someone who had no idea what he was talking about, which is why they called me again - because no notes or confirmation was written down. Once I finally got to the restaurant, the hostess was rude to my party emphasizing all of the other reservations. It made us feel unimportant. They rushed us all night with less than good service. The seating arrangement was odd with us all bunched towards the end of the table.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • BEST gluten-free dairy-free pizza!
    DruB
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Gluten-free pizza can already be tricky, but dairy free too? That's hard enough at home. But out at restaurants? That's basically an impossibility in my world. It usually has soy-based vegan cheese. But this place uses Daiya. When I got the pizza, I was in a foodie heaven!!! Tasted perfect with my hard cider. I haven't had pizza this good since I've gone GF-DF years ago (GF 7 years ago and DF 3 years ago). I'm definitely going back whenever I'm in NYC!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Allergy Friendly
    Steph
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Pala was sensitive to food allergies (I am nut-free) as well as Gluten-Free and Vegan. It was an amazing place to get together with a group with many dietary restrictions! The most important part was that the food was delicious!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Went to dinner with a client this week who is GF. I was fairly skeptical about the pizza and it was FABULOUS! We sampled three pies in the meat section and one special. All of them had great flavor and everything was so fresh. Also had the risotto balls and chips for an appetizer which were very tasty. Also recommend the Limonata cocktail.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best GF restaurant in Manhattan
    Princess7VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I love that Pala's offers GF and Non-GF options. Making the dining experience lovely and delicious for everyone. Food, crowd, atmosphere, service all divine! Highly recommend Palas.....one of our favorites in Manhattan.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay Experience
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Average pizza, but nice location. Trendy decor. Our waiter was kind of absent, had to wait 10 minutes before he greeted us, luckily another waiter saw it and stepped in, 1 start for him. The place is very trendy and cool ambiance but the food is average at most.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Best Gluten Free Restaurant
    Mariann
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My Friend has a very bad gluten intolerance and she's very limited in choices when she's eating out in a restaurant. I know about Pala for quite a wile, and I came here with my GF friend for dinner. We were amazed by the GF/vegan options. The food tasted absolutely amazing and we had a wonderful time. I recommend this place even if you don't have any food allergies: they will prepare your dish for you in the "normal way" then.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood pizza spot!
    Celiyak
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    My family eats here as often as possible. The gluten-free pizzas are amazing. Be sure to make a reservation, or you may be standing in line. Even so, it's worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • amazing gluten free pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Awesome every time! The dairy free gluten free is the best pizza we've ever had!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable first experience.
    vc225
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Met friends for a quick dinner. Excellent pizza, fresh ingredients and a great wine selection, although they were out if my favorites. Will go back if I'm on the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    bundtcake
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food is yummy and accommodated those in my group that have gluten free diets. The potato chips with truffle oil are amazing! The staff was also great since we had a kid with us and he can sometimes be a handful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy, not chummy
    Kdubs
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This place was very tasty and perfect for groups with mixed diets(meat eaters, vegans and celiacs unite!). The personal pizza is a little small for the price and only shareable if you aren't starving. Also, the waitress we had was condescending and impatient. (She got very huffy about my mother asking for black coffee and insisted that they only had Anericano. Alright, lady, we get it, you're wildly more sophisticated than everyone because you work at a pseudo Italian restaurant). If gratuity hadn't been automatically included, we'd have thought very carefully.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free & allergy friendly WOW!
    AussieTexan
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We visit Pala every time we come into New York. It has something for everyone and everything is absolutely delicious. It's a cool restaurant and the staff are friendly. They are GREAT with gluten free. They tell you what is in their flour mix, and they also have several different types of gluten free pasta, so if you can't tolerate corn, there's a rice pasta option. The pizzas are great - we've tried nearly every one and love them all. Gluten free pizzas come on a specially marked board which is really reassuring for the celiacs in the family. They also have an extensive menu for vegetarian and vegan. Everyone gets to eat deliciously here - nobody has to feel deprived of anything ... it's a real treat. Love, love, love Pala!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • Great food, includes gluten free
    BrooklynFoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Spouse is gluten free. They have many options that actually taste good with gluten free products (pasta/pizza) etc. Some items on menudo not allow substitutions, be sure to check menu before going.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best gluten free food ever!
    jaiframsey
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    my gf has celiac and I do not so I always try to find tasty places places that she can eat at and I can enjoy as well. Pala's food is amazing and better than gluten-full food! Very friendly staff and worth going to over and over again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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