Thanks to a new Tumblr, we now feel a hell of a lot better about spending $3,000 a month to live in a broom closet in Murray Hill. Because it could be worse.
Have the Gaul: Casimir Open now
The East Village's French bistro expands with a second location uptown that spans two floors, with a menu of well-executed classics including NY strip steak frites and duck confit.
1022 Lexington Ave. (73rd St.), Upper East Side (212-879-6190)
Brew Kid on the Block: Reichenbach Hall Open now
Oktoberfest may be some months away, but you can still go German at this 5,000-square-foot beer hall that serves up sausage, dozens of all-German brews, and pretzels the size of your torso.
5 W. 37th St. (5th Ave.), Midtown (212-302-7744)
Om Nom Num: Num Pang Sandwich Shop Open now
Chelsea Market is just getting more and more tolerable, and now even destination-worthy with the addition of Num Pang's Cambodian sandwiches, including roast beef with pickled celery root and chicken salad with spicy cashews and Thai basil.
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. (W. 15th St.), Chelsea (212-390-8851)
Om Nom Nam: Falansai Open now
When Roberta's has just lost its overcrowded appeal, look to nearby Falansai, a Vietnamese spot serving grilled lemongrass pork chop, catfish in clay pots, and Chaozhou-style shrimp rolls.
112 Harrison Pl. (Porter Ave.), Bushwick (347-599-1190)