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Hello all!

I will be moving to 19th and 1st area in a week or two.

Would love to get some input about good east village/gramercy restaurants. I know I have a lot of choices but suggestions on the following would be wonderful!!

1. Gourmet grocery store
I know whole foods is nearby. However I am moving from the UES and from Eli Zabars which I quite honestly love. Elis replacement?

2. French bistro
I love D'alsace. Is there something comparable in the area?

3. Mussels
Would love to find a place with solid steamed mussels. Am a fan of flex mussels.

4. Mexican food

5. Best cheap pizza delivery
While not cheap, is anyone here a fan of posto?

6. Chinese delivery

7. Brunch place or diner

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  1. I think the thin-crust pizzas at Posto are excellent.

    I, too, like Cafe d'Alsace. I think it is more brasserie than bistro. One of its sister restaurants, L'Express, is on the corner of Park Av. S. & 20th St. Unfortunately, the food sucks. Cafe Deville, on the corner of 3rd & 13th, probably comes close in atmospherics to d'Alsace. We had lunch there once a long time ago. The food was o.k. but nothing special. I've heard some good things about Tree, on 1st, b/t 11th & 12th, but I don't think it's anything like d'Alsace. There is a small French bistro called Le Petit Canard, on 3rd, b/t 19th & 20th Sts., but I've never tried it.

    Bruno's Gourmet Market (aka Bruno Ravioli) is the closest you will find to Eli's -- though I'd venture to say prices are a bit more reasonable. The one time I stopped into Eli's to look around, I nearly had a seizure when I saw what they are charging. lol There are several Bruno locations. The one nearest you is on 1st, b/t 16th & 17th.

    http://www.brunoravioli.com

    1. Here are some of my recs:

      1. Gourmet grocery store
      I know whole foods is nearby. However I am moving from the UES and from Eli Zabars which I quite honestly love. Elis replacement? NOT REALLY, BUT YOU'RE CLOSE TO THE UNION SQ. GREENMARKET, TRADER JOE'S, LAMAZOU, BRUNO RAVIOLI, KALUSTYAN'S, MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

      2. French bistro
      I love D'alsace. Is there something comparable in the area? L'EXPRESS, COSETTE, LES HALLES

      3. Mussels
      Would love to find a place with solid steamed mussels. Am a fan of flex mussels. PETIT ABEILLE

      4. Mexican food LOS DOS MOLINOS

      5. Best cheap pizza delivery
      While not cheap, is anyone here a fan of posto?

      6. Chinese delivery WU LIANG YE, GRAND SICHUAN

      7. Brunch place or diner THE SMITH

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        I agree with your list of good places to shop. But with the exception of Bruno's and, perhaps, the Milk Bar (I didn't realize it was a food market), the others are not that close -- though worth the walk or bus ride.

        As I said, the food at L'Express is poor. And I think everything about Les Halles -- food, service, seating, and noise level -- is even worse! Cosette, on 33rd, b/t 3rd & Lex, is the antithesis of d'Alsace, i.e., teensy and cozy. The food's very good, but I find the seating on the banquettes very uncomfortable because they are so lumpy.

        http://www.cosette-bistro.com

        1. re: RGR

          I respect your difference of opinion, but I stand by my recs.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

          1. re: LeahBaila

            Differences of opinion are just as important as agreements. :-)

      2. Gracefully right on 1st and 20th is pretty decent place to go food shopping... much better than all the other grocery stores in the vicinity.

        You are also right by Petite Abielle for mussels.
        Chinese - Grand Sichuan St. Marks
        Pizza - Posto is good but far different from your usual pizza. Nothing great for delivery but you are only 5 blocks away from Artichoke on 14th. A square slice or two make it worth the walk.
        Coopertown Diner on 20th and 1st is probably the best diner in the area.

        1. K's is a little shop which sells some excellent cheese. I haven't found better Comte' cheese in New York, for example, and they sell it cheaper than the insipid Comte' cheese at Zabar's. 1st Av. between 19th and 20th, I think.

          1. Grocery: As others have noted, Bruno's is pretty good, if limited. If you're willing to walk, Todaro's at 30th and 2nd is good too, as is Kalustyans. No good produce in the immediate neighborhood, I'm afraid, except for the very nice fruit/veg guy at 15th and 1st. But Trader Joes, Whole Foods and of course the Greenmarket fill in the gaps, again, with a bit of a walk involved. My only experience with Gracefully was extremely disappointing.
            Bistro: Tree is consistently reliable and has a great 3-course fixed price menu, as well as a nice garden.
            Mussels: Sorry, don't eat em, but in general I tend to avoid Petit Abeille because IMO it looks like it belongs in suburban long island and it tends to attract lots of families with young children so can get a bit loud.
            Mexican food: Mercadito at B and 12th is not bad. I usually hike down to El Maguey y la Tuna on Houston and Attorney Street.
            Pizza: Vinny Vincenz at 1st ave and 13th street.
            Chinese: Vanessa's on 14th btw 2nd and 3rd makes good soup and dumplings.
            Brunch: Love Ciao for Now on 12th between 1st and A, although have not been to the new, larger space.
            You also should check out Bite on 14th between 2nd and 3rd (great salads, sandwiches, soups) and the Redhead on 13th.
            Welcome to the neighborhood!

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            1. re: sara333

              What do you like at Vinny Vincenz? The square slice? I wasn't impressed when I had a round slice there.

              1. re: Pan

                Must admit that I haven't tried the regular round slice. I like the fresh mozzerella slice -- did have one disappointing take-out pie (delivered to Redhead, believe it or not, where you can have drinks at the bar on Sundays when their kitchen is closed and get food from outside delivered), but otherwise have been pleased.

            2. If you're craving a good sandwich, go to Defonte's. Peppers and Eggs to die.
              for.

              Petite for mussels, for sure, as reccomended.

              Pizza- Franks Trattoria (their meatball pie is so good).

              Mexican - Vamos

              Brunch / French- L'Express

              Cottage for Chinese

              1. 1. Gourmet grocery store
                I know whole foods is nearby. However I am moving from the UES and from Eli Zabars which I quite honestly love. Elis replacement?

                Gracefully is nice as is Bruno's, also the greenmarket is really close.

                3. Mussels
                Would love to find a place with solid steamed mussels. Am a fan of flex mussels.
                Resto on 28th and Lex had really good mussels, but I haven't been since they jacked up the prices.

                4. Mexican food

                5. Best cheap pizza delivery
                Not delivery, but worth the walk to 14th and 1st - Artichoke Basile- call ahead and order the whole pie. So worth while for 20-22 bucks.

                6. Chinese delivery
                Sea King on 23rd between 2nd and 3rd. I like Vanessa for cheap dumplings and sandwiches but I really can't recommend their soup (not tasty to me and much better and more flavorful soups in Chinatown.)

                7. Brunch place or diner
                The Smith on 13th and 3rd or Penelope's on Lex and 30th. Haven't found a great diner yet despite being here for about a year now. Recs would be appreciated.

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                1. re: windycity

                  there's good cheap pizza delivery on 1st and 20th near the liquor store, it used to be called Frank's not sure what it is now. Grill 21 is good Filipino on 21st between 1st and 2nd. Trader Joes isnt far and there is a Morton Williams ( Associated) on Park and I think 18th. Japonais for japanes and not too far. Theres decent chinese, esecially soup and noodles on 1 st and 14th. i'm thinking its noodles 28.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    I had high hopes for Grill 21, but the pancit that I ordered were limp, soggy, and just plain not that good. My friend ordered the bbq pork which was good, but for what we paid, we could have eaten 2 meals at NY Noodletown, and gotten just as good if not better bbq pork. Plus I can make better pancit. The service was v good and attentive, however. I think I would come back here if I was really out of options, but it wouldn't top my list of repeats.

                    1. re: windycity

                      Im suprised at your bad experience. My experience has always been good. ITs been the most authentic and best quality of all the Filipino restaurants in Manhattan. No other restaurant has even come close.I didnt have the pancit, the kare kare , the fish, sinagong was all good. So were the spring rolls. The Filipino fair is Sunday ,,they have good BBQ pork there. THe best is in queens.
                      NY Noodletown is Chinese and although the pork is good, its not Filipino bbq pork. The bbq pork is good at Toon's but thats thai and called moo yang. but not as good as Filipino pork