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arcane

111 Ave C, New York City, NY 10009 (East Village)
646-370-5158
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Ranked #7,145 of 11,618 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: Between 7th & 8th Street
Description: Arcane is my go-to restaurant for maxing and relaxing, date night or fun group dinners with friends. It's one of the rare restaurants in Manhattan that has a down to earth, upbeat vibe while serving excellent food at affordable prices. If you go on a quieter night, you'll see old friends from several countries playing dominoes at the bar. Have a beer "a la pression" and some fish, or the awesome avocado and shrimp salad. The steak is good too. If it's mellow, eat, enjoy and chill out. If it's crowded, enjoy the good music and the mixing of languages, cultures and cocktails. Mmm.
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English first
San Francisco
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154 reviews 154 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We had a groupon and went there for dinner at 5 PM on a Thurday. They just opened. They were very gracious about not only sitting us but also about everything else. The Fried Oysters were the very best we ever had anywhere in the world. We travel 260 days or more per year and go to Japan every year... More

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new york, ny
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We recently went again on a busy Friday night. The service here is just phenomenal for a small low key restaurant in alphabet city. The food is surprisingly good and a tremendous value, even better if you score a $30 for $60 Groupon. This time around we had the beef empanadas which are huge, 2 for $8. They forgot to... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Fabulous food & fab staff!! There where also a great live band!! Don't miss this restaurant & bar!! You will love it!!

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

How do I begin to tell this story of a restaurant/bar, place for friends and family to come together as one. Admittedly Arcane is on the far eastern perimeter of the east village, no more dangerous than any other neighborhood in Manhattan these days. Although far enough away that is reasonable to assert any one here is here because they... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

My wife and I wound up here late at night after arriving for a weekend visit on a Friday. It was around 11pm and most places had stopped serving dinner but Arcane was still serving. Its more of a bar than a restaurant, the menu is fairly limited but they had options that would work for most people along with... More

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New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Friendly atmosphere, polite service. Nightly specials are great, especially Monday night's Rib-eye Steak.

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Good points: they have a nice welcoming staff (some speak French), good food, nice and good cocktails, and a nice romantic well decored place. Some friends can also come and have some cocktails at the bar after dinner time. Only negative points: a bit far from any metro, so have to think about the walk when you count the timing.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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213 reviews 213 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

A casual bar restaurant in the edgy Lower Eastside. Avenue C is bustling with trendy cafes and restaurants and reminds me of Nottinghill ten years ago. Arcane is a casual restaurant with a bar. Caribbean creole food - curried pork stew, fried banana guacamole dip, spicy lemon chicken and more traditional steaks. Breezy local crowd. a trio; guitar, trombone and... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

This unassuming East Village restaurant does not put on any pretenses, but it sure packs a punch. All menu options are divine, from the appetizers to the mains. On my last visit to this restaurant, I ordered the salmon and was thoroughly impressed. As expected by this quality of establishment, the meat was tender and succulent. Even better than this,... More

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