Crowded streets, towering skyscrapers and packed subway cars are well-documented hazards of the Big Apple experience. Sometimes, though, visitors and residents alike need a respite from the most densely populated city in the country.

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 savor 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…

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