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East Village!

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after a VERY stressful apartment search, I am extremely happy to report that I am going to be moving from the upper east side to the east village!

My roomate and I are both chowhounds (Becky, I hope you're reading this!) and, while we know of lots of wonderful places, I would love some input from the 'hounds, the true culinary experts!

Please note that we are looking for inexpensive, but wonderful finds in the east village area (specifically, we are living on 11th st. between 1st and ave A). So...what are your suggestions for great spots for dinner, brunch, hangouts?

Thanks so much! I can't wait!

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  1. I love the Red Rooster Bar, on Second Ave between 1st & 2nd Streets.

    1. Pomme Frites on Second and 7th for great french fries
      Holy Basil on 3rd or Klong on St. Marks for thai food
      Octupus balls (can't remember the name of the place)on 9th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue
      Pauls for burgers
      A Salt & Battery for fried fish

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      1. re: rose

        otafuku - octopus balls and cole slaw/cabbage pancakes
        E 9th street btw. 2nd & 3rd. closer to 2nd.

        1. re: rose

          Pretty sure A Salt & Battery is closed at this location.

        2. best pizza in the area is pizza gruppo - thin crust, delicious, and they deliver!

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          1. re: Lisabnyc
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            kelly's belly

            totally disagree. Una pizza nepoletana is far and away the best, most authentic pizza in the east village...maybe even the city.

            1. re: kelly's belly

              It is good, but different, and expensive for pizza. Gruppo is a good stand by for delivery when you don't want to spend the $$$$ or go out...jeez

              1. re: Lisabnyc

                No need to get defensive...he just disagreed with you. Didn't seem rude.

                Others have already named most of my favorites, but make sure you check out Veselka, at 2nd and 9th. Its a great hangout place, as its open 24 hrs and has imported beer. Plus, it has excellent ukranian food AND regular diner fare. Of course, eating there too often can become a problem if you ever move - what am I supposed to do this summer when I get an urge for perogi and pancakes at 2 am?

                Also, Caracas Arepas bar and Dumping Man are near you. Pomme Frites is perfect after (or during) a night out.

                1. re: Tikka

                  Dumping Man, found at various street locations throughout the nighttime hours. Watch where you step.

                    1. re: big o

                      Haha, excuse me...dumpling man

            2. You must try O.G. on 6th b/w A & B. A delicious, well priced pan asian. Highly recommend dumplings (spinach as well as shrimp with chives), salmon and duck. They also have a great zinfandel by glass or bottle. You will not be disappointed.
              Also a new japanese place Le Miu on Ave A, b/w 6th and 7th.

              1. You must try O.G. on 6th b/w A & B. A delicious, well priced pan asian. Highly recommend dumplings (spinach as well as shrimp with chives), salmon and duck. They also have a great zinfandel by glass or bottle. You will not be disappointed.
                Also a new japanese place Le Miu on Ave A, b/w 6th and 7th.