Basement grottos at Isle of Capri William Grimes looks at a league of restaurants that become neighborhood stalwarts without particularly amazing food or an excellent location - they survive just by being. About one restaurant, Isle of Capri, Grimes writes, "It's a restaurant in which nothing makes sense and everything makes sense at the same time." Gothamist had a madeline-moment when we read Grimes' assessment, because, for a time, the Isle was an unofficial hangout during the heady days of our first job and that was when everything and nothing made sense, too. Even though it's nothing spectacular, it's where we cheered as well as cried, so the Isle has a special place in our heart.

Isle of Capri website.