Moving to 4th St and 2nd Ave, Need Reccos
I'm currently in the North East Village (12th and A), moving to the South East Village (4th St and 2nd Ave). All my staples are up on Ave A and B, so looking for some new standby places in the new hood. Belcourt is already a brunch staple for me, but looking for sushi delivery, sandwiches, bagels, etc.
Your help is appreciated!
If you can walk a block over and a block down, Puebla is my favorite place for genuine Mexican. It's sort of a dive-diner, so it's great for takeout or for reading a paper at the counter on your way home, and cheap. Some say the Downtown Bakery one block up is better, but I disagree, especially about the rice and beans. EU on 4th between A and B has a grilled octopus that's out of this world. This is an actual sit down dinner place.
I live on 3rd and 1st and am very bummed Esashi closed. After many years living here, I JUST discovered Angelina Cafe which I believe is btw 2nd and 3rd St on Ave. A which is a great casual place for fresh salads, sandwiches, breakfast. I always passed by and it looked like nothing special so I was never curious. It is never crowded... just very laid back, friendly place with fresh food. I also love Habib's (falafel, cous cous, etc) around 6th st. and Ave A, Caracas Arepa on &th st. between 1st and A.
I recently moved down to 2nd and 2nd (from 7th and A) so I'm in the same situation. Here's what I have learned:
Atlas cafe for sandwiches.
For bagels we're pretty much up s creek without a paddle now that bagel zone and david's are donezo. Russ and Daughters has terrible bagels, really embarrassing for a purveyor of whitefish/salmon etc. Don't despair though, Zaitzeff has the best breakfast sandwiches I have ever had. I order at least one a weekend.
Takahachi is great for sushi.
You also live close to the best coffee in the city at Abraco. Cool food there too.
Welcome to the hood
My favorites here:
Sushi - My new favorite is Nori, opened by a guy who used to work at a sushi place in Tribeca whose name escapes me. The things to get are the chef's choice sushi platter ($35 I think) or sashimi platter ($40). I've gotten things like yellowtail belly, cured salmon with tomato, etc. A little bit outside the ordinary sets. Kanoyama is really slow to deliver sushi, BTW. Theirs is also quite good but they are often slammed.
Bagels - hmmm, since David's went out of business not really sure what to say...you are, however, close to Russ & Daughters?
Also, Pinche Taqueria just opened on Lafayette and Bleecker!