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Recommendations for East Village

I'll be moving to NYC for the next month form Boston and I'm looking for some recommendations in the East Village. I'll be staying near 7th st and 1st ave. I'll be working long hours at Bellevue hospital so I'm looking for something quick. I would like some cheap options, as I'm a medical student, but I would enjoy splurging on a couple of meals as well. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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    1. re: bookhound

      great link. there's also Spot and Led Zeppole (both dessert spots, the later is take out only) that opened recently so they aren't in that thread.
      btw lucky you, the east village is one of my favorite food neighborhoods.

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      Spot Dessert Bar
      13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Led Zeppole
      328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: BROOKLYNDINER

        Tried Artichoke tonight. Had a slice of the margherita pizza because I was too hungry to wait for the artichoke pizza to come out of the oven. I'll have to go back when i'm more patient because I saw a few people with the artichoke pizza as I was leaving and it looked pretty good (and messy!).

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        Artichoke
        328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: AnjLM

          ive tried all their pizzas. i liked the square the most, i think the artichoke slice is alright definitely not worth making a trip to IMO.

          1. re: daffyduck

            By square you mean the Sicilian, right?

          2. re: AnjLM

            Definitely make your back and try the artichoke. It looks and taste better than the margherita.

            1. re: RCC

              YMMV. i find the artichoke slice their weakest offering.

              i like the margherita, the sicilain and the crab all better than the artichoke

        2. re: bookhound

          Let's see if I can update!

          - Momofuku Ssam Bar for Korean-Southern-Japanese-etc. small plates. They have a lunch prix fixe for $25. No reservations unless you reserve the whole roasted pork shoulder butt in advance for 6-10 people. Three NYT stars but in a loud, casual setting.
          - Momofuku Noodle Bar. Ramen-o-philes say to skip the noodles (I know, it's counter-intuitive). A lot of people go for the pork buns and/or small plates. $20 lunch prix fixe, $30 dinner prix fixe, changes daily. No reservations unless you reserve the fried chicken meal (two whole fried chickens in two different styles) for 4-8 people. Loud, popular, casual, open kitchen.
          - 'wichcraft for upscale sandwiches (and good deals on coffee from 3-6pm on weekdays), Tiny's on the LES is also very good. Baoguette or Nicky's for a banh mi. Porchetta for a porchetta sandwich. There's also Sunny and Annie's for deli-style sandwiches and Barnyard has a big sandwich menu as well.
          - TKettle for pearl milk tea, dumplings, other Taiwanese snacks.
          - Sigmund for fresh pretzels! They'll warm it up for you and you get a free dipping sauce. These pretzels are far better than the sad specimens you see at hot dog carts.
          - Terroir (owned by the people who do Hearth) is a pretty new wine bar with a good selection and tasty small plates.
          - Jimmy's No. 43 is the gastropub of choice for me. Order from the small dishes. Lots of beers. Next door to Burp Castle so you can do a bit of a crawl if you want.
          - David's Bagels (if you're willing to go up to 20th) for bagels. RIP David's on 14th St and 1st.
          - Motorino (whole pies only) or Artichoke for pizza. Artichoke can have really long lines late at night and it often feels like they are making the pies slowly on purpose. The margherita is a bit too sweet and the artichoke is OK but not something I personally want to eat again and again, which is why I go for the Sicilian slice. The crust is also on the thick side. Luzzo's (whole pies only) is good too but for Naples-esque whole pies, Motorino is my favorite, especially the proscuitto pie, spicy soppressata, or sausage and crimini. And they deliver! I found Veloce to be too heavy and it gets soggy quickly. South Brooklyn has been getting nice reviews for their slices (Di Fara-ish style).
          - Russ & Daughters for smoked salmon (LES). A bagel sandwich to go can get expensive if you get cream cheese and toppings ($10), but the salmon is of very very good quality. They also have mini bagels.
          - For burgers, it's a little tougher. Blue 9 is tasty in the fast food sort of way but has really poor service. Paul's was really dry/overcooked. Cozy does a decent one for a diner as does Veselka but you won't find really high quality meat there. I've heard good things about Mark (sliders!), Black Iron, Black Market (they apparently have some sort of La Frieda blend), and Royale, haven't tried it yet.
          - Grand Sichuan for mostly Sichuan chinese food (soup dumplings - which aren't Sichuan, I know, as well as twice cooked pork, cumin beef, tea smoked duck, gui zhou spicy chicken, cold cucumber in scallion sauce, wontons in hot oil, dan dan noodles).
          - I like Congee Bowery but I've only ever had the congee there. The squid with ginger hits the spot if it's cold.
          - Xian Famous Foods is a great addition to the neighborhood. Get the cumin lamb "burger" (really more like a sandwich as it's not on a burger bun) for only $2.50. Tiny spot, very few tables, and lines can be long, but it's delicious. I also recommend the hand-pulled noodles with cumin lamb or liang pi cold skin noodles which are chewy, oily, spicy, and oh so good.
          - Kanoyama for sushi (~$30 omakase sushi set with 8 pieces of nigiri + 1 roll), though I also love Nori, the guy used to work at Takahashi. Get the sushi omakase set for the best nigiri deal I've found. Delivery is fast and friendly, too.
          - For seafood, I like Mermaid Inn, especially their lobster roll (mayo-based), Prune, or Pylos for their grilled octopus, fish, etc. Luke's Lobster is also quite good (minimal, less mayo) but counter service, only. Good for a quick bite.
          - Hakata Ippudo or Setagaya for ramen. I also like Rai Rai Ken for ramen (especially with corn and butter) but I'm not really a ramen expert. I've tried Minca and didn't like it, but I'm not quite so well-versed in ramen. Sobaya for soba. Otafuku for octopus fritters while you're at it.
          - Crif Dogs for Jersey-style, deep-fried hot dogs. Get 'em wrapped in bacon! So good. Also available at PDT, the "secret" cocktail lounge through the phone booth. DBGB has artisan sausages in a hip, bustling atmosphere, but I prefer the other dishes (like the charcuterie plate) to the dogs. Good beer selection, too.
          - Pommes Frites for, well, frites and sauces. I'm not a huge fan of their double-fried fries, as I prefer crispy shoestring. DBGB's fries are excellent and nearly McDonald's-esque in their uniform perfection.
          - Clinton St. Baking Company (technically LES, great pancakes, long lines, weekdays are less packed), Prune, Five Points for weekend brunch (long lines). RIP 9th St Market. The Smith is also pretty good for brunch as is Westville. Haven't tried Faustina or Northern Spy Company yet.
          - For Southern style food, Clinton St. Baking Co. (LES) or The Redhead. Clinton St. takes reservations for dinner for larger parties as does The Redhead but The Redhead only books for earlier seatings. At Clinton St. note that they serve their famous pancakes all day long. I also like the po' boy sandwiches, burger, and fried chicken; keep an eye on their daily specials and leftover baggies of the day's muffins (free!) as well. At The Redhead I like the bacon brittle (more like bacon nut mix), chips and dip, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and icebox cake.
          - Chinatown Brasserie for inventive but expensive dim sum. I'd avoid dinner here, though.
          - Village Yokocho for Japanese pub food. So-so service, but good food. Oh! Taisho for the scene + good yakitori. EV doesn't have the best yakitori or japanese pub food in town, but there's a plethora of places that offer it, so it's popular. Robataya NY is a newish Japanese grill spot, too. Cafe Zaiya (or Panya but I like Zaiya) for Japanese savory pastries, bento lunch boxes, onigiri, good croissants, and Japanized pastries (curry pan, hot dog pan, corn pan, etc).
          - Paprika or Otto (but skip the pizza and go for the pastas, antipasti, and gelato) for casual Italian. The menu's small but what they do is very good, and quite affordable. Others like Frank, Max, Perbacco, Gnocco, Supper, etc.
          - Katz' Deli for the classic NYC deli experience. Worth the price. Bring the leftover pastrami home.
          - Caracas Arepas bar for caracas! Deliciousness awaits. Gets classified as cheap eats but isn't really that cheap.
          - Ukranian National Home for pierogies (I get a kick out of the atmosphere), or Veselka if they're closed.
          - I like Rhong Tiam but the menu is a bit hit or miss, and the atmosphere is very odd (plastic furniture, pink lightning, space age decor). I recommend the khao soi or pork on fire, less so curries or pad thai. East Village Thai for hole in the wall Thai. See also: Zabb City (because it's Isaan style I wouldn't order curry or pad thai).
          - Try Downtown Bakery for cheap Mexican. For fish tacos, Pinche. I also like the pastor at Pinche. For interior Mexican at higher prices, Hecho en Dumbo, or the small plates at Mayahuel. I like the chilaquiles at both and the chorizo croquetas, churros at Mayahuel. Mayahuel also has taco specials on Sundays: 4 for $4, you can mix two different styles. Dos Toros is a bit west in terms of EV boundaries but reportedly have respectable Mission style burritos. I haven't gotten to try them or La Lucha yet. Zaragoza for Mexican groceries, too.
          - Great cocktails: PDT, Death & Co., Mayahuel, Yerba Buena (restaurant), Cienfuegos, The Angel's Share, Black Market. Expect to pay $12-14 for a drink; most of these don't allow standing. For PDT and Death & Co., go before 7pm on Sundays through Wednesdays. Sit at the bar. Don't trust the host's time estimates--it's very hard to predict when people will leave. PDT takes reservations for the tables but only 3pm on the day of, and it's a very small place. Death & Co doesn't take reservations at all and is also fairly small. Mayahuel is easier to get into but a tequila and mezcal bar isn't everybody's favorite spirit. Cienfuegos is a rum punch bar and there's no seats at the bar, unfortunately. Yerba Buena has slightly larger drinks and cheaper prices but the bar gets slammed with people waiting for a table in the restaurant. I like Angel's Share, but the drinks aren't as good as other places although the atmosphere is neat since you enter through Village Yokocho.
          - Chikalicious for nouveau, upscale desserts. Not as inventive as WD-50, more "girly," I'd say, but very cute and popular. Spot does something similar but much more Asian-influenced in terms of flavors and ingredients. The Dessert Truck is also back on Astor Place for restaurant style desserts from a truck. And the Wafels and Dinges truck is often parked nearby (I believe that only the Brussels is made fresh whereas they simply reheat the Liege).
          - Butter Lane, Chikalicious Dessert Club, Abraco, Pinisi, or Birdbath (Build a Green Bakery) for baked goods and pastries. Black Hound is more expensive but also far prettier and also does cakes, chocolates, etc. Birdbath is good for a quick pastry breakfast, pie, scones, or post-dinner cookies (same wares as City Bakery). Abraco has a smaller selection but really unique goods but closes at 4pm (sometimes earlier?). Birdbath has good coffee and lemonade, too. Chikalicious Dessert Club has cupcakes, soft serve, cookies, etc. by the same couple that run Chikalicious across the street.
          - There used to be a cupcake shortage in the neighborhood but no longer given that Butter Lane (not too sweet and made with high quality/organic ingredients), Pinisi (try one of the spicy ones), and Chikalicious are all doing them. Momofuku Milk Bar serves Stumptown coffee and unique baked goods (pies, whole cakes, cookies, savory breads) and soft serves that aren't always to everybody's taste. They also are the only purveyors of cake truffles as far as I know in the neighborhood. There's also Stogo and Lula's Sweet Apothecary for dairy free ice cream, Atlas Cafe for vegan cakes and other desserts, and Tu-Lu's for gluten free. NYC Icy just reopened.
          - Bespoke Chocolates for inspired, quirky filled chocolates, handmade fresh daily, similar to Kee's. RIP Chocolate Bar who went back to the West Village.
          - Gem Spa, or the hole-in-the-wall deli (called Ray's but you'd think it was a french fry place from the signs) on Ave A for egg creams
          - Donut Plant for unique yeast donuts. On the LES. They also have cake donuts: blackout, tres leches are my favorites. Some love them, some hate them. Unique flavors like Valrhona chocolate, mango, etc.
          - Sundaes & Cones, Chikalicious (soft serve), Momofuku Milk Bar (soft serve) for ice cream. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck parks on 2nd and 9th some nights (skip the mint, get the vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate). For gelato, go to Il Laboratorio. The counter inside Whole Foods is OK but it's Ciao Bella. You may also be within Otto's delivery range but they'll only deliver whole pints, IIRC.
          - Pinkberry or Red Mango on St Marks, 16 Handles if you like the "toppings" bar kind of stuff.
          - Veniero's for a bustling, italian style dessert place. Although you can find a better cannoli in the West Village at Rocco's. It's still really fun. Mediocre service at times. See also De Robertis.
          - Best coffee in neighborhood: Abraco (but it's very strong), no decaf, no tea, only coffee and espresso. There's also 9th St Espresso. Everyman Espresso. You could also walk to La Colombe, Saturdays Surf, or Gimme Coffee dependent on where you are. Think Coffee for iced coffee (they cold brew theirs). Ost if you're looking for somewhere to camp out and do work, but it's always packed so my husband usually ends up at Minibar instead. Ciao for Now is good if you don't need Internet.
          - Best beer store might be Dual Specialty on 1st between 4th and 5th (although the Whole Foods one is nice if you're already at Whole foods). Because most of the Curry Row restaurants at BYOB, this store carries a lot of stuff. And Indian groceries as well but careful as some of it is really super-fresh. FWIW, the Curry Row restaurants are skippable (take the 6 up to Curry Hill instead).

          Higher end dining
          - Degustation has Spanish inspired small plates (lots of small oily fishes, tomatoes, shellfish, etc) and tasting menus that are a great value compared to other places around town. 5 courses for $55, 10 courses for $80. Counter style, open kitchen format, not recommended for parties greater than 2-3 people.
          - WD-50 for upscale, creative molecular gastronomy. Similar cooking style to Alinea, Fat Duck, etc. so it depends if you're into that scene. Actually on LES. Great, but pricey. Don't miss Alex Stupak's fabulous desserts.
          - Hearth is also excellent for New American local-vore food -- think of it as Craft's little brother. Don't miss the gnocchi or mushrooms.
          - Kyo Ya for kaiseki style food with prices to match. Great service, "hidden" entrance, serene atmosphere, subtle flavors, delicate food. Kajitsu is supposed to be similar and vegetarian.
          - Prune isn't as nice as some of the others mentioned and it's definitely on the cozy/cramped side but I've always found the food to be delicious. It's a bit adventurous because they serve items like roasted marrow bones, sweetbreads, monkfish liver, etc. and the menu is small, so don't take picky eaters here. The menu changes greatly with the seasons; if they have their deviled eggs on the menu, don't miss out.
          - I've heard good things about Apiary but haven't been.

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          WD-50
          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Zabb City
          244 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          Russ & Daughters
          179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
          127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Rocco's Pastry Shop
          243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Sundaes and Cones
          95 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Momofuku Ssam Bar
          207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Birdbath
          223 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          De Robertis
          176 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

          City Bakery
          3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

          Panya
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          Doughnut Plant
          379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

          Hearth
          403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Congee Bowery
          207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

          Five Points
          31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

          Luzzo's
          211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Veselka
          144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Royale
          157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

          Degustation
          239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

          Mermaid Inn
          96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          TKettle
          26 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Otto
          1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          'wichcraft
          60 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

          Caracas Arepa Bar
          93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
          150 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

          Pylos
          128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Kanoyama
          175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Minca
          536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

          Pommes Frites
          123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Max
          51 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

          Westville East
          173 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Everyman Espresso
          136 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ninth Street Espresso
          700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

          Gnocco
          337 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Angel's Share
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          Perbacco
          234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Momofuku Noodle Bar
          171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Grand Sichuan
          23 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Veniero's
          342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

          Abraco
          86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Frank
          88 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Rai Rai Ken
          214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Jimmy's No. 43
          43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Oh! Taisho
          9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Supper
          156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

          Kyo Ya
          94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Please Don't Tell
          113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

          Pinisi
          128 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

          Village Yokocho
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          Black Hound
          170 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Atlas
          73 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Ray's Candy Store
          113 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

          Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
          140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Downtown Bakery
          69 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Prune
          54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

          Cafe Zaiya
          69 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

          The Smith
          55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Nori
          129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Ciao for Now
          523 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

          Crif Dogs
          113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

          Blue 9 Burger
          92 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Paul's
          131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Gem Spa
          131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Zaragoza
          215 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

          ChikaLicious
          203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Dessert Club, ChikaLicious
          204 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Paprika
          110 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009

          Gimme! Coffee
          228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

          Otafuku
          236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Whole Foods
          95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Terroir
          413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

          Artichoke
          328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

          Burp Castle
          41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Death & Co.
          433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          Yerba Buena
          23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Wafels & Dinges
          New York, New York, NY 10001

          The Redhead
          349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
          , New York, NY 10012

          David's Bagels
          331 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Barnyard
          149 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

          Pinche Taqueria
          333 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Ninth Street Espresso
          341 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

          Porchetta
          110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          East Village Thai
          32 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Dual Specialty Store
          91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Lula's Sweet Apothecary
          516 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          Bespoke Chocolates
          6 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Butter Lane
          123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Stogo
          159 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Ost Cafe
          441 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

          Pinkberry
          24 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Kajitsu
          414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Sunny & Annie Deli
          94 Ave B, New York, NY 10009

          Think Coffee
          1 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

          Mayahuel
          304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

          La Colombe
          270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Veloce Pizzeria
          103 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          DBGB
          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          Saturdays Surf NYC
          31 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

          Clinton Street Baking Co.
          4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          Xi'an Famous Foods
          81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          16 Handles
          153 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Stumptown
          18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

          Luke's Lobster
          93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Robataya NY
          231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

          Sigmund Pretzel Shop
          29 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

          Dos Toros
          137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Spot Dessert Bar
          13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          La Lucha
          147 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Tu-Lu's
          338 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

          Cienfuegos
          95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Motorino
          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          Black Market
          110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Hecho en Dumbo
          354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

          South Brooklyn Pizza
          122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

          Momofuku Milk Bar
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          Il Laboratorio del Gelato
          188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

          Mini Bar
          131 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: kathryn

              Apiary has been excellent each time I've eaten there,

              Black Market burger is pulling LaFrieda patties out of pack, same you can buy from Fresh Direct.

              And what about...Back Forty, Graffiti, Wechsler'sCurrywurst, Mancora - especially for the beef heart - Mercadito Cantina, Kabana for cheap Serbian grills, Kasadela, Muzzarella for slices, Tuck Shop, Whitman's for the Juicy Lucy, Banjara for the chicken liver poori, Louis 649 for cocktails?

              I am worried we are not giving the OP the whole picture here.

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              Back Forty
              190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

              Kasadela
              647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009

              Banjara
              97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Mancora
              99 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Muzzarella
              221 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

              Graffiti
              224 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

              Kafana
              116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

              Mercadito Cantina
              172 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

              Apiary
              60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

              Wechsler's
              120 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

              Tuck Shop
              115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

              Louis 649
              649 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

              Black Market
              110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              Whitmans
              406 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: Wilfrid

                I used to get rotisserie chicken to go from Mancora. The last time was a few days ago. It was so terribly salty, and also overcooked. No more.

                I haven't been to most of the other places you mention, except for Banjara, and that was a long time ago. It's just amazing how many places there are in our neighborhood.

                I think Casa Adela should be mentioned in this thread. I've only been there once so far but had a delicious meal, sharing some pollo a la brasa, bacalao with a tomato-based sauce, rice and beans with my girlfriend.

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                Casa Adela
                66 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                1. re: Wilfrid

                  Nothing I had at Mancora ever really impressed me, same for Banjara.

                  Tuck Shop is OK, I'm not a huge fan.

                  I forgot about Louis 649.

                  > I am worried we are not giving the OP the whole picture here.

                  I'm only one person. And I've not been to some of the places you mention. You're free to disagree or agree and add your own places.

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                  Banjara
                  97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Mancora
                  99 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Louis 649
                  649 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                  1. re: kathryn

                    The chicken at Casa Adela is amazing, as well as their flan (which, insanely enough, has cream cheese in it). The Sancocho is also very tasty, but often lacks enough protein. The pies at Tuck Shop are good, but can get a bit dry around the edges.
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                    East Village Eats http://www.eveats.com

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                    Casa Adela
                    66 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                    1. re: EV_Eats

                      i like the vanilla slice at tuck shop alot, it's like a napoleon on steroids.

                2. re: kathryn

                  A few brief responses to your great post:

                  Apiary was great the time I took my girlfriend there for dinner.

                  I ultimately gave up on Pinisi after having had a bunch of dry, mediocre stuff and nothing really great.

                  If we're going to mention every dessert place in the neighborhood, it's worth including Something Sweet, which has good little tarts to go, and Moishes. Moishe's, the kosher bakery on 2nd Av. just south of 7th, also has some very good items (for example, I love their mandelbrot), but their quality control is not always dependable - sometimes, they sell things that are stale, and their small cookies are not too worthwhile (I like their almond horns, black & whites, danishes, and strudels).

                  South Brooklyn Pizza is fine and open late, but nothing great and definitely not comparable to DiFara.

                  Soba-Ya has a new name that I don't remember. Ditto for Setagaya's former 1st Avenue location.

                  1. re: Pan

                    The former Setagaya on First Avenue is now Kuidouraku (another location just opened on Ludlow in the LES). The Setagaya on St. Marks is still affiliated with Setagaya in Japan, as far as I know, and didn't have to give up the name.

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                    Ramen Setagaya
                    34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                    Kuidouraku
                    141 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                    Kuidouraku
                    121 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

                    1. re: squid kun

                      Have you been to the 1st Av. location since the name change?

                  2. re: kathryn

                    Kathryn - have you ever been to the East Village before? :-) Wow! Great post, great recs

                    1. re: kathryn

                      This thread having been revived, a couple of updates since kathryn posted her, as usual, fount of first-rate information.

                      Ssam Bar is now serving only an all-duck menu for lunch. The dishes we tried were superb! Lunch is being served in the former Milk Bar space, which has been moved to its own location across the street.

                      Ssam Bar Duck Lunch photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                      Alex Stupak left wd-50 and has opened his own restaurant, Empellon, in the Village.

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                      1. re: RGR

                        Thanks for the update! Have you tried Empellon?

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                        Empellon Taqueria
                        230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                        1. re: RGR

                          I believe the all duck menu is for weekday lunch only. The weekend lunch menu at Ssam Bar is closer to the dinner menu.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Pan,

                            We've not been to Empellon, and considering the mostly tepid reviews, it isn't on my "go to" list right now. I've read that Stupak will be expanding the menu to include main course plates. Depending on the reactions to those, perhaps, then, I'll consider going.

                            kathryn,

                            You're right about the duck menu at weekday lunch only. However, checking the website, I noticed several of those dishes, including the duck over rice, on the weekend lunch menu.

                            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                        2. re: kathryn

                          Recently tried Pomme Frites. I thought that they were terrible. Fries tasted frozen not fresh cut though I could not say for sure. Fries were layered with so much thick garlic mayo that it virtually made the fries inedible and gross. Had fries at AquaGrille which were outstanding.

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                          Aquagrill
                          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                          Pommes Frites
                          123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Great list. I would just add Little Poland on 2nd Avenue between 12th and 13th. Wonderful place. Been there for years. Try one of the 12 fresh soups daily, or simple fare like the pork sandwich, for which they cut off a hunk of rosy red pork, cooked fresh that day.

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                            Little Poland
                            200 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                            1. re: amcities

                              Little Poland is OK. Their pierogies are good, too.

                            2. re: kathryn

                              - "Ukranian National Home for pierogies (I get a kick out of the atmosphere), or Veselka if they're closed."
                              I had lunch there for the first time in years. The atmosphere makes you think you might be in Odessa or Volochysk (where my grandparents are from ), The chef's special assortment of 4 pierogi, one blintze and one big potato pancake is a really good deal and very filling.
                              The pierogi I like better here than at Veselka, they are less doughy I think. They have potato pierogi, which in Greenpoint at the Polish restaurants you can't get, they always mix the potato with cheese. The Blintze was very good, very fresh and was not served with powdered sugar as it is in most Polish restaurants ( they will serve it that way if you ask here). The potato pancake was excellent. Not the flour or matzoh meal puffed up kind ( like at 2nd Ave Deli and elsewhere),, it was thin with a lot of potato and onion and crispy. It was delicious, i like it with apple sauce on it. They are quite generous with the apple sauce and sour cream . The service is warm and terrific.
                              I also had the mushroom barley soup which was OK. It had good flavor but was thinner than I am used to.

                              1. re: kathryn

                                This should have posted following Kathryn's link and ended up nowhere near it. Can't figure that out.

                                Kathryn.....Wouldn't it have been faster to list the places that are NOT worth a visit?! Holy cow!

                            3. I recently went to 6th Street Kitchen & had a great meal. Lots of small plates but really good. If you like quick, check out Luke's Lobster which I personally love. Plenty of good Ramen spots in the 'hood too; Minca, Setagaya, etc. Takahachi is good for fast, inexpensive (but good) sushi/Japanese.
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                              Minca
                              536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                              Takahachi
                              145 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                              Luke's Lobster
                              93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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                              1. re: EV_Eats

                                I think Nori has the best inexpensive sushi in the neighborhood.

                              2. caracas for arepas.
                                get de pabellon!

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                                1. re: newbiechick

                                  Tried Caracas last night and had the de pabellon...delicious!!!!! I have a feeling I may be there frequently :)

                                  1. re: AnjLM

                                    i dream of it ;)

                                    wish the wait wasn't so crazy at times but if it's a nice night, it's not too bad to linger outside or head to a local spot for a drink and then make my way back before our name gets called!

                                2. Desnuda - $1 oysters on Mondays! Porchetta

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                                  Porchetta
                                  110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                  Desnuda
                                  122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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                                  1. re: chow_gal

                                    Only Blue Points are $1. Made the mistake of ordering the other oysters...

                                    1. re: EV_Eats

                                      Agreed - stick w/ the ceviches at Desnuda.

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                                      Desnuda
                                      122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                  2. For a splurge meal, Degustation.
                                    5 course for $55 and 10 course for $80 (I think). Which is actually reasonably priced.

                                    1. Lots of quick, cheap tasty options near you - other than living in Chinatown, you really can't do much better in terms of quality to price ratio for food options. Of course, the East Village just has a bigger variety of cuisines than Chinatown, so the EV is considered one of the top neighborhoods for food.

                                      Xi'an Famous Foods on St Marks, closer to 1st Avenue - liang pi cold skin noodles ($4.50) and a cumin lamb burger ($2.50) or stewed pork burger ($2). This is an awesome addition to the neighborhood.

                                      Baoguette Cafe, St Marks, closer to 2nd Avenue - banh mi, quick filling meal, and $6. (Not as cheap as Chinatown, but not bad). Summer rolls, spring rolls and pho are not bad.

                                      Sigiri - 1st avenue, on 6th street. Go on Sunday - they have an all you can eat lunch buffet - it's a great introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine. I only mention it in case you are curious and have never tried Sri Lankan. I believe it's one of the only places that offers Sri Lanka cuisine in Manhattan.

                                      Momofuku Ssam for a splurge. My favorite of the Momo's (even more than Ko)

                                      Porchetta - either the Porchetta sandwich or porchetta plate.

                                      Abraco on 7th and 1st Ave. Love it for great coffee, and tasty breakfast pastries - pain perdu and frittata/ quiche?

                                      I think the pizza at Pizzeria Veloce (1st Avenue and I think 6th or 7th street?) is pretty good. Although, some people think Motorino (12th st closer to 1st Avenue) is better. Neither of these places serve by the slice, but it's still good pizza.

                                      Further away from you, Dos Toros (4th avenue and 12th st) is a SF-Mission inspired burrito place. Good stuff.

                                      For thai, I think Rhong-Tiam on 5th street and 2nd avenue is among the best in the East Village. They might have closed or something - it's unclear, but I certainly hope that's not the case...

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                                      Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                      207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                      Rhong-Tiam
                                      87 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                                      Abraco
                                      86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                                      Sigiri
                                      91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                      Porchetta
                                      110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                      Dos Toros
                                      137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                      Motorino
                                      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                                      1. re: susiederkins

                                        I was thinking the same thing about Rhong-Tiam when it was dark on Friday. I didn't walk past last night.

                                      2. Don't see a mention for red sauce Italian, but an inexpensive option is John's of 12th Street. Prices are reasonable and portions are large and it's one of the few places that still has tablecloths. They serve a great chicken parm. Lobster meatballs are good, too.

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                                        John's of 12th Street
                                        302 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                        1. Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! WIsh I was here longer than 2 more weeks. I better start eating!

                                          1. nyu sent me this via email since i'm an incoming student. thought it was cool
                                            http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/sr...

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                                            1. re: daffyduck

                                              They need to update that thing. At least five of those places (BB Sandwich Bar, Tonnie's Minis, PressToast, Esperanto Cafe, Jamaican Flavors) are out of business.

                                              1. re: squid kun

                                                daffyduck are you a grad student or undergrad...just curious?

                                                1. re: wreckers00

                                                  grad. im in the math phd program but they temporarily moved me to the master's cause i have work so i'll only be taking 3 courses instead of 4. if you're also a student, no. i will not do your calc hw =P

                                                  1. re: daffyduck

                                                    haha don't worry wouldn't ask you to

                                            2. RIP nori. Anyone got an equivalent for EV sushi delivery? All I can do now is pick up at takahashi. With winter coming I need delivery.

                                              Ditto for gringo chinese. Yummy House iasgone or changed ownership.

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                                              Takahachi
                                              85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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                                              1. re: 2slices

                                                I'm right there with you. I love Takahachi, but I'm beginning to think that decent sushi delivery in the EV is an urban legend!
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                                                Takahachi
                                                85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

                                                1. re: EV_Eats

                                                  the bad thing is that many reviews of EV sushi places get excited about cheap spicy tuna rolls, which are a very poor indication of quality. Mayo and chili powder added to even the worst tuna scraps will always taste decent.

                                                  1. re: EV_Eats

                                                    Kanoyama is better than decent as far as delivery goes. Natori does great delivery chirashi\choleste don. I prefer to eat at the restaurant though, sushi rarely delivers well even in Japan.

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                                                    Kanoyama
                                                    175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                                    Natori
                                                    58 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                                                      1. re: visciole

                                                        That place was awesome!!! Totally miss it too.

                                                        @Ricky: I understand about delivery sushi, but sometimes I want some Uni & I just don't want to leave my house!

                                                        Not exactly in the EV, but I went to Bond St. last night & had the most amazing meal. Broke the bank, but it was worth it.

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                                                        Bond Street
                                                        6 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

                                                        1. re: EV_Eats

                                                          Not only was the food really good and super-reasonably priced, but the owners were nice, the vibe was relaxed, and it was a real neighborhood spot. Plus no one makes fried squid legs the way they made fried squid legs....

                                                          1. re: visciole

                                                            Check out Cotan, I had a solid meal at the counter there recently, and everyone seemed to be ordering the squid legs there. I passed on those and ordered the out of season hamo tempura(probably frozen or global warming) which was quite good. The owner a older super muscular guy with a really strong Kansai accent who is the kitchen chef is really funny. I just checked on menu pages, they seem to do delivery.

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                                                            Cotan
                                                            135 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                                        2. re: visciole

                                                          i don't miss them -- they had some crazy problems at that place...not surprised they are gone, for various reasons...