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Aug 28, 2008 07:49 AM

What is new and exciting in the East Village

Been traveling and need to know the scoop--what restaurants have recently opened and what do Chowhounds like or dislike about them?

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  1. Black Iron Byurger Shop - 5th street between a & b
    Apiary - 600 third
    Vintage Irving - 15th @ Irving

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    1. re: kcijones001

      Have tried Black Iron? I've yet to see a report on these boards but I would love to hear about it. I'm excited to try, maybe this weekend.

      1. re: KTinNYC

        It is really open? Looked like they had some work still to do pretty recently.

        1. re: erin07nyc

          NY Magazine and Eater reported that it was opening this past Monday.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            "UPDATE: Not open. From a tipster: "Stopped by at 8pm today. There are enough ketchup and mustard bottles for 1000 burgers....but sadly no burgers. The staff said come back at the end of the week." 540 E. 5th Street; 212-677-6067."


            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks for saving me the walk, kathryn.

              1. re: KTinNYC

                Black Iron Burger should have opened Monday. It didn't. On Tuesday it was still doing friends and family (I know: I was turned away). The guy who turned me away predicted an opening today.

                1. re: Wilfrid

                  I'll try tomorrow or this weekend.

                  1. re: KTinNYC

                    A friend of mine went tonight! So apparently it was the grand opening tonight. Now to bother him on how it was...

      1. Black Iron Burger Shop - Eater says it's not open yet (?)
        Kurve - not sure if this really counts as open, as Eater reports some customers who were told the vast majority of the menu was unavailable a few nights ago
        Rhong Tiam - the Greenwich Village Thai spot supposedly has an EV output that is delivery/takeout only
        Belcourt - opened last year, Prune alum, the guy who used to cook at Uovo
        Back Forty - from the people who brought you Savoy
        The Smith - great brunch from the people who brought you Jane and Neptune Room
        Abraco - awesome little coffee shop with pastries from the Babycakes woman. Note: no teas, no decaf, no frou frou drinks. Just great coffee and espresso.
        Chocolate Bar - moved from the WV space
        JoeDoe - supposedly trying to give Prune a run for its money
        New Friendhouse location (with a silly name "Friend Tri") - it's on 13th and 3rd, not open yet
        Persimmon Kimchi House - it's been written up but has gotten pretty mediocre CH reviews and many have complained about service
        Old Julep space on Ave A - going to be a piano / cocktail bar according to Eater
        Curry Ya - specializing in Japanese curry, my friends weren't impressed
        Seymour Burton - got a good write up for the burger, currently closed and undergoing renovations, one of the owner-partners has left
        Chikalicious Dessert Club (ex- Chikalicious Pudding) - take out joint from Chikalicious people, now with soft serve and cupcakes and not just pudding
        Terroir - newish wine bar from Hearth owners, with good food
        Artichoke - galvanizing pizza place that some call disgusting, others call the new Di Fara
        Dessert Truck - ex-Le Cirque pastry chef, parking on 3rd and 8th
        Hakata Ippudo - ramen chain from Japan
        Setagaya - shoyu ramen chain from Japan
        BBQ Chicken / TKettle - Korean fried chicken and bubble tea space
        New noodle joint between 14th at 1st, Kambi Ramen House - from the Minca folks, coming soon
        Mr Jones - yakitori, 14th street, coming soon, with cocktails from ex-Angel’s Share bartender

        Oh, and we have succumbed to the frozen yogurt invasion: Eks on Astor Place, Oko on 1st and St Marks, Pinkberry on St Marks, 16 Handles on 2nd Ave and 9th, Red Mango opening soon on St. Marks, even Cold Stone has froyo now.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Should have opened monday
          (212) 677-6067‎

          1. re: kathryn

            These sorts of comprehensive responses are so refreshingly helpful - thanks as always, Kathryn.

            Though neither is brand spanking new, I'd possibly add The Redhead and Caffe Emilia to the discussion - the former riffs on haute southern comfort fare in a cozy bar space, with varying degrees of inspiration and success, while the latter offers cleanly-flavored, reasonably-priced Italian bites (pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, eggy brunch creations) in a bright, intimate setting.

            1. re: kathryn

              Great list!

              Another item to add, though it is not new, is Perbacco. The buzz around this place has definitely be re-invigorated ever since the Brunz gave it a good review.

              Giano - New Italian concept on 7th St and Ave A, right next to the neighborhood favorite, Pylos. I've heard mixed reviews, but it's worth checking out.

              Degustation recently re-vamped their menu and approach.

              Both the EU and Solex have new chefs at the helm.

              1. re: ExFlexitarian

                The new Solex chef has already left and is now at Ssam Bar!

                1. re: kathryn

                  Argh! Who's the new Chef at Solex? I went there a few months ago, before the guy from Tailor came in, and thought it was pretty average.

              2. re: kathryn

                Hi kathryn,

                have you tried all the froyo places you listed? Which one do you think is the best?

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  Sadly, I have not, and the concept of the 16 Handles place kind of scares me. But a chef friend swears by Oko.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    I haven't tried any of the others, but I'm a fan of 16 Handles. I don't really like my yogurt very tart, and they have enough sweet flavors to keep me happy. The topping selection is good as well. My only complaint is that even the smallest cup you can get for your yogurt is the size of a large anywhere else, so it can be somewhat hard to gauge how much you're getting.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      I went to 16 Handles last weekend and was not thrilled. Some of the flavors ( the mint in particular) were artificial tasting and the Butter Pecan was way too sweet. Also, lots of flavors with modified food starch and other additives with hidden ingredients ( a problem if you have food intolerances as I do). But... loved drowning my dollop of yogurt in fresh berries! My kids say that doesnt hold a candle to Yogurtland

                      1. re: carfreeinla

                        i walked in for the first time this week and saw a woman "taste" a flavor by wiping off one of the handle nozzles with her finger. i can't imagine what happens in the self-serve fruit and topping bins. i'm sticking with full service frozen yogurt!

                        1. re: syb

                          That doesn't surprise me. They are too cheap to give you sample cups, unlike Yogurtland.

                  2. re: kathryn

                    wow kathryn--thanks for all the possibilities

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Has anyone tried Mr. Jones yet?

                      1. re: skgchow

                        Just went to Mr. jones today. It's a japanese restaurant with an american name. That should be your first clue of what to expect.

                        I had a large variety of dishes, and they were completely hit or miss. The lamb chops with cumin, fried chicken, soup (forgot name of dish), and duck breast were fantastic. Everything else was an absolute failure. A number of dishes contained some awful miso sauce. I've never seen such horrible execution of simple yakitori dishes..

                        For the inconsistency of dishes I'd say it's worth about $30/person. We paid about $70/person for 3 people with a total of 4 drinks. That being said those four dishes I mentioned were fantastic, but given it's overall inconsistently I wonder if they would be good again on a second visit. Unfortunately a second visit isn't gonna happen. For $70/person I can get top notch japanese without guessing what will be good or not.

                    2. Has anyone been to Kurve yet, same owner as Rhong Tiam, on 5th and 2nd??

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                      1. re: misnatalie

                        I went to Kurve and was NOT impressed. They may have still be "soft opening" but did not warn us when we came in, and food was mediocre and expensive.

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