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Lesser-known but excellent shops, cafés, bars, clubs, pubs etc, recommended by friends.

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Eateries misc

Casa Nostra

Ceintuurbaan 233 1074 Amsterdam. "See Manuel. Tell him hello from NY Ed."

Green Grill & BBQ

Leidseplein 8, 1017 PT Amsterdam, +31 6 2334 8836. facebook.com/greengrillbbq

De Laatste Kruimel

Langebrugsteeg 4, 1012 GB Amsterdam, +31 20 423 0499. delaatstekruimel.nl

"Beautiful deli/cafe with an amazing selection of fresh baked goods, sweet/savory bites, hot or cold sandwiches, soup, coffee, etc.  Small and often crowded, but the frenzy is understandable — the standard for taste and consistency is super high."

Little Collins

Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19 F, 1073 CL Amsterdam, +31 20 673 2293. littlecollins.nl

"Super lekker brunch (eggs benedict highly recommended) and has an ever changing menu that offers a nice eclectic mix of international flavors.  Friendly to both vegetarians and meat lovers!"

Zest

Bilderdijkstraat 188, 1053 LE Amsterdam, + 31 20 412 9631. zestamsterdam.nl

Kinda Mediterranean menu, with several classic Bulgarian dishes, plus 8 kinds of burgers. I like the food, the people, and the location (in West, near corner of Kinkerstraat, served by trams 3, 7, 12 and 17). Bias: I'm a regular there and they are friends of mine.

Gay & lesbian cafés

Getto Food & Drinks

Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW Amsterdam, +31 20 421 5151. getto.nl

Café Saarein

Elandsstraat 119-HS, 1016 RX Amsterdam, +31 20 623 4901. saarein.info

Dating from 1978, 'Amsterdam’s infamous women’s café'. In the Jordaan.

Greek food

Mitsos Traiterie

2e Hugo de Grootstraat 25, 1052 LB Amsterdam, +31 20 684 2344. mitsos.nl/

Greek café & delicatessen at Hugo de Grootplein in Amsterdam West.

Indian restaurants

Bombay Inn

Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 46, 1017 NL Amsterdam, +31 20 624 1784

Tucked away at the forgotten end of the street, good food, nice people, reasonable prices.

Mother India

Ter Haarstraat 14, 1053 LJ Amsterdam, +31 20 616 0990. motherindia.nl

Said to be pretty authentic Indian cuisine. Right off Bilderdijkstraat near De Clercq. Also does home delivery, and pretty fast too.

Mexican restaurants

Los Pilones

Kerkstraat 63, 1017 GC Amsterdam, +31 20 320 4651, lospilones.com

'Cocina Mex-Mex'. They also have two other locations, incl one in Nieuwmarkt and one in the Jordaan.

Pizza

Fuoco Vivo

De Clercqstraat 12, 1052 NC Amsterdam, +31 20 612 4309. fuocovivo.nl

Pizza according to traditional Italian recipes, baked in a wood oven made of 'heat-resistant materials and volcanic soil from Naples'!

Sandwich & deli shops

Small World

Binnen Oranjestraat 14, 1013 JA Amsterdam, +31 20 420 2774. smallworldcatering.nl

Deli food and sandwiches by Sean Wainer. Very close to Haarlemmerdijk.

Tapas bars

Mano a Mano

Hugo de Grootplein 6, 1052 KW Amsterdam, +31 20 688 0044. manoamano.nl

Vegetarian eateries

Olive & Cookie

Saenredamstraat 67hs, 1062 CD Amsterdam, +31 20 470 7190. oliveandcookie.com

Vegetarian delicatessen in de Pijp. Run by a nice lady from Zagreb.

De Vliegende Schotel

Nieuwe Leliestraat 162, 1015 HE Amsterdam, + 31 20 625 2041. vliegendeschotel.com

Amsterdam's oldest vegetarian/vegan restaurant, in a quiet little street in the Jordaan.