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East Village restaurant recommendations

We are going to the Theater for the New City (1st Ave. between 9th and 10th Streets) and would like to have a nice dinner beforehand. Any cuisine will do--just good food. Thanks!

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  1. i coppi italian, its right there and good

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    1. re: intrepid

      I Coppi is nice and they have a year round garden. Do a search of this site there have been some recent hound reports about it being inconsistent. Also service can be relaxed which might not be good if you have a show. I would go to LaVagna (5th and B) or Pylos (7th and A) over I Coppi. Neither is on opentable.com. We just ate at LaVagna and Pylos and everything was delicious. LaVagna has an excellent wine list if you're into that. LaVagna also has a prix fixe dinner. When my SO tried to make reservations at Pylos recently he had to call three times and they didn't return his voicemail. It appears they have some new hosts. This was surprising because we eat there often and had not encountered this before.

    2. My good ol' standby's in EV are Supper (Italian) on 2nd St b/t A and B, Cafe Mogador (Moroccan/Mediterranean) on St Marks Place b/t 1st and A, and the two Momofuku restaurants but they may be too small/casual?

      1. Yuca Bar on 7th and A. the cuisine is billed as "nuevo latino." i've never had a bad meal there.

        1. Momofuku Ssam Bar would be my safest recommendation. Hearth is a little more upscale and at one time was probably the top restaurant in the area, but lately it's been getting mixed reviews. You might also look at Orologio--never been but it's always got people in there (which says a lot in a neighborhood where I've seen more than one restaurant sit empty). I also suggest Veniero's for dessert after the show.

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          1. re: douglas525

            Mermaid Inn on 5th and 2nd is very good if you like seafood, and they take reservations if that is a concern.

            1. re: douglas525

              Agree with all but Orologio, and you're excused for never having been there. I have, and it's nothing worth recommending. You'd be much better off across the street at Westville East.

              1. re: Mazzer

                I actually just tried Orologio on Saturday, and was quite impressed, especially for the price. I got the salad with gorgonzola and walnuts, and my wife got the one with beef carpaccio. While neither had a wow factor, both were made with fresh ingredients and were wholly satisfying. For entrees, my wife got the penne with eggplant, which she enjoyed, and I got the pizza with arugula and prosciutto, which was excellent. My only slight is that it didn't have any tomato sauce, but then, it's an actual Italian restaurant and the menu didn't say tomato sauce. Back to the "wow factor," I have to mention the bread. I know it's odd to say, but it was delivered hot and delicious, and was not just an afterthought the way it is in even some higher end restaurants. Considering we walked out with leftovers for under fifty dollars including tip, I would definitely recommend this place.

                Westville East, on the other hand, I just don't get. It's always packed, but for no reason I can figure. The food is mediocre at best--almost as good as any diner that almost didn't go out of business anywhere in the South.

            2. Prune on 1st Street (1st and 2nd Aves.); or,
              Momofoku Noodle on 1st or Momofoku Ssam on 2nd.