Best Foodie spots in the Village (E&W) and Soho area
I am going to be in New York on business in a week or so and I am looking for some more adventurous eats while in town; tripe stew, pig's head, beef heart...anything of that ilk that is fabulously tastey and not stupid expensive.
I was thinking about Yakitori Toto, for example, or maybe Tia Pol; I really enjoy small plates because I can tast more without gorging myself.
I'd love to hear what you all would suggest!
Hmmm, most adventurous, eh? Are you willing to go out to Queens or Brooklyn? If so, definitely post on the Outer Boroughs board. If you're OK with more experimental stuff like molecular gastronomy, try Tailor or WD-50. p*ong also does desserts with savory elements. Off the top of my head, I think you'd like Casa Mono, Babbo, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Momofuku Noodle Bar or Momofuku Ssam Bar...
Rare ethnic restaurants:
they make a good pig's head sandwich at resto but thats a bit more north in murray hill...
degustation is a good spot for a solo diner or with another guest. you eat at a bar with the chef serving you. i wasnt ridiculously impressed with my meal there but the recent reviews make me think i may need to revisit the place. if they have the shortribs stuffed squid...do yrself a favor and try it.
artichoke pizza is the new favorite spot on 14th. lines are long and buzz is high but their squares are insane.
soto on 6th ave is a very interesting and delicious cooked japanese spot. steamed lobster with sea urchin...that sort of thing...very delicious.
gottino on greenwich between 6th and 7th ave is a newish italian wine bar. excellent bull pate and assorted meats and cheeses...i like.
I just wrote a glowing review of Degustation and can't say enough about it - AMAZING. It is "small plates" - my brother and I tasted 13 different dishes - I think it would fit the bill for you perfectly! I heard about the short rib stuffed squid but unfortunately it wasn't on the menu this time. The foie gras is the current must-have - OMG, it was SO good!
To chime in with a few lower cost options --- try Grand Sichuan in the East Village for tripe and tongue in chili, Elvie's for duck fetus eggs (balut), Pistahan for blood stew, Restaurant Florent for boudin noir, Pardo's for beef heart, Despaña for a taste of morcilla and then Mercat for more morcilla. For tripe stew, you could certainly get a bowl of flaczki at Little Poland, but there's better soup in Greenpoint or any of the Latin luncheonettes scattered in neighborhoods across the city.