Help With East Village Food Crawl
This Saturday is my brother's birthday, and we are visiting Manhattan that afternoon for a chow crawl to celebrate. In putting together an itinerary, I am currently focusing on the East Village. I have scoured this board, and my tentative list now includes the following. Please feel free to comment on these, or let me know what's missing.
229 1st Ave., 14th
163 1st Ave. 10th
128 East 7th St.
141 First Ave.
St. Mark's, between 1st and Ave. A
135 1st Ave. (Between 9th and St. Mark's)
Thanks for your help.
Is it just one day? Does it include 3 meals? It will help if you tell us how you want to split these places into the 3 meals as all of them somehow can be qualified for a small bites or a hearty meal.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- if you are going to Setagaya for ramen, then you should visit Momofuku Ssam Bar (on 2nd Ave btw 11th and 12th St). The one you listed is Momofuku Noodle Bar, which will be redundant if you are going to Setagaya.
- You can consider adding 1) Chikalicious for desserts
2) Pomme Frites for Belgium Fries and crazy selection of mayo
3)Otafuku for okonomiyaki and takoyaki
There are going to be tons of more places to choose from (and I am sure other hounds will be jumping in soon) so it will help to tell us your itinerary.
Great idea! Make sure you get steamed buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Mmmm.
What about a stop into:
Birdbath (scone, cookie)
Cafe Zaiya (croissant)
Vinny Vincenz (grandma slice)
Grand Sichuan (soup dumplings)
Sundaes & Cones (ice cream)
Veniero's (cannoli or eclair)
Caracas Arepas Bar (for arepas, of course)
Nicky's Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi, although I like Ssam Bar's upscale one better)
Cha-an tea house, E 9th (2nd/3rd) upstairs...lends itself to a crawl, get some perfect oolong and little tea snacks.
I'm thrilled that you're going to Pistahan! I love that place, though servings are pretty generous if you're looking to do a "food crawl." I agree with the previous poster: if you're going to Setagaya, Momofuku Noodle Bar is superflous. Better to go to Momofuku Ssam Bar. Dessert at Chikalicious would be ideal!
Be sure to stop in at Gem Spa or the hole-in-the-wall candy store (Ray's) on Ave. A for the quintessential NY drink -- the egg cream! :-)
Another related option is la petite abeille, a belgian place with tons of belgian beers available, on 1st avenue around 20th.
For good pizza, either check out una pizza napolitana or else luzzo's, not as well known but also very good, and with some other options for toppings (though still trad neapolitan style, brick oven, etc)
Another place to stop and check out (but I would not eat there except maybe for the littlefried donuts if they have them) is Bamn. The retro look is very cool and I love people thinking what a great idea it is to get food from little windows. I remember teh original automats. I would make a stop at Mamouns on St. MArks for falaffel. Probably the best in the city