For the proximity I go to Sammy's Noodle Shop almost every night. Sesame cold spinach and crystal shrimp dumplings are my favorites. My regular breakfast spot is old school Waverly Diner and I tend to take my European friends to Buvette on Grove Street for the fluffiest croissants outside of Paris. For Sushi it has to be Takahachi in the East Village. Over and over.