just moved to LES/Chinatown - local faves?
i just moved to the hillman area on grand and east broadway, and i have no clue what's good around there. i know there've been some threads on this but the ones i've found are old, and i figure new places are popping up all the time in this area.
i'd appreciate your rec's on:
1. what are your local favorite spots to eat?
2. best places to grocery shop?
3. best delivery?
i moved from east village so i'm familiar with more northerly stuff and the following: roots & vines, kossar's, doughnut plant, 2 boots, barrio chino, congee village, jeeb, sticky rice bbq, clinton st bake shop, falai, 88 orchard, flowers, essex st market, alias, east side co. bar, etc. as you can see above, i love all kinds of food.
Have you checked out Hong Kong Supermarket on Pike and East Broadway as a place to shop? Also, I haven't seen a mention of Skyway, my favorite Malaysian restaurant in New York, which is on Allen between Division and Canal. Yeah, I know both of the places I'm mentioning are considered below the Lower East Side and part of Chinatown nowadays, but the whole area is really in flux in terms of identity, anyway. I mean, is Congee Village not in Chinatown now? I think it is. And for the record, I really like it.
I went last week. I guess because they have a liquor license?
I had a couple of frozen margaridas and the bar was definitely in operation.
Also, I guess not too far over from LES , right on the border is Cafe Habana, which probably delivers to you if you don't feel like going.
I also love Lovely Day and Cafe Gitane.
Have you been to Freeman's?
I went to Macondo on Houston recently, but it's more like tapas and it is super tasty. I had shrimp tacos, ceviche, and yuca fries, vegetarian empanadas and arepas. Same owners as Rayuela on Allen.
If you are desperate for Vietnamese and don't feel like going into Chinatown, Slurp on Stanton has a good vegetarian noodle soup with pumpkin.
I've been to Kampuchea on the corner of Allen and Rivington. I have to admit the soup sucked when they first opened, so not sure how it is now. I did go in about 3 months ago, because they let me order through the window, so I could stay with my dog and ordered the grilled coconut shrimp sandwhich. It was the first thing in a while that made me say "wow".
Also, the only good sushi in the LES is at JIN, which is across from Barrio Chino. I see some B movie stars there and mtv hosts often.
thanks angelbird! these are very helpful. i'm more familiar w/ the stuff north of rivington, but i'm just discovering the orchard/broome area. tried elyssa dido tonight, it was pretty good, though they had a little stint w/ the BYOB police and the poor waiter seemed overwhelmed by 6 tables. sticky rice bbq for mango sticky rice, my favorite dessert. yummmmm.
ah yes, i NEED sushi. JIN is good? i love fresh sushi and my regular spots are midlevel places like le miu and sasabune.
i had also been wondering about macondo. i also tried a new place called Cafe P-----(can't remember) right on E Broadway and Madison. Free delicious chocolate chip cookies at the end of the meal, and relatively gourmet stuff though the interior made it seem like a regular ol' diner...
keep 'em comin!
We had an issue with the service once at Elyssa Dido. Last time we went we had a lovely French server. The Chicken charmoula is our favorite . . . and olive oil with harissa (easy to make at home) and their warm bread. We have eaten our way through the menu. Need to check out Macondo.
I went to Macondo recently and while it was good, the only thing that really blew my mind was the bacalao arepa, which was topped with a sunny side egg-- delish!
the other things i sampled--one of the flatbreads, and a relleno-- were a bit disappointing. great atmosphere though for a drink and a late night snack.
Here are some recent Chinatown threads that should be helpful...
Hand-pulled noodles shops:
Best Chinatown Restaurant: