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Good eats near Ave C and 2nd St?

Any tips about where to eat at 2nd and C? I'll be spending a good deal of this month at the stone, so after 10 is a plus, but I'm sure there will be times when I'll need a quick bite earlier. I know plenty of places in the East Village, but this is a little further south and east than my usual haunts.

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  1. Yerba Buena. Mercadito about 10 blocks north though.

    Yerba Buena
    23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

    1. Royale, Cafecito - 10 blocks north

      157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

      185 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

      1. My GF and I are totally in love with Frankie's, on Clinton just south of Houston. I can't get enough of the meatball parm sandwich.

        Clinton St. Baking Co. also is a nice option on that block. Most nights when you go in for dinner, they have a table of brown paper "grab bags" -- free for the taking -- with leftover baked goods from earlier in the day. Usually each bag contains a couple of their delicious scones, but on occasion we've gotten lucky and scored muffins and other baked goods!

        1. El Maguey Y La Tuna. They make a killer chile relleno. Kate's Joint, for vegetarian food that is terrible for you, despite being vegetarian. And Snack Dragon for tacos.


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          1. re: small h

            i second el maguey y la tuna. friendly staff and awesome mexican fare and margaritas! inexpensive, too.

          2. I was wondering if "hungrycomposer" was you... all those posts about Xi'an...

            Are we so delineated that we no longer think of 2nd & C as the East Village? Man, we really relegate ourselves to tinier and tinier sub-neighborhoods these days...

            But yeah, there's not too much East of B and North of Houston in that pocket. Casa Adela has good rotisserie chicken, cubanos and mofungo. Decent burgers (if nothing special) at Croxley Ale. Minca Ramen's over on 5th just past B. Haven't been to Kafana (C & 8th?) yet, but I've been meaning to check it out. I hear it's interesting - supposedly the only Serbian resto in NYC. And very pork-heavy menu.

            We've got a few places open late down in our neck of the woods if you're willing to cross Houston. Clinton St (continues from Ave B) has all kinds of things between Houston and Rivington - from cheap (more good cubanos & mofungo at Cibao) to mid-range (Clinton Street Baking Co, Frankies 17, Alias) to fancy (WD-50, Falai). Be glad to take you on the grand two-block tour if you want, if you're hungry and I/we happen to catch you after a 10PM show...

            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Frankies 17 Spuntino
            17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

            68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Croxley Ales
            28 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

            Casa Adela
            66 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

            72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

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

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            1. re: sgordon

              Yes, it's me. So you were at Carl's gig? You should say hi - I tried to bring Carl to Xi'an, after the gig, but the line was too long so the boys gave up (I'd wait for those noodles any day).
              Thanks for all of the advice, everyone! Seth, I'll take you up on your offer of a tour. I do a lot of cooking this time of year, with the market in full swing, so now I don't know where the hell to go once I'm more than ten blocks from my home. But I'll be at the stone all month and I'm sick of being stumped! PS Kafana is good and fun, but it's not too fast, and a little pricey.

              116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                Yeah, I had to run after the show to meet up with the gf, otherwise I'd have stuck around and made the rounds. I'll be at a few shows this month, for sure, though - next time.

                You should come down to "my" Xi'an - there's never a line down there anymore, not since the East Village one opened. Fine by me!

                1. re: sgordon

                  I've been to the Chinatown Xi'an, it was good but trashed by the end of the day, and there was only a standing counter for 2. I like the (limited) seating at the E. Vill. outpost, the food's better freshly made. (except the cold noodle, which holds well.)

                  Please say hi if you come to a show. My next big show is Saturday - string quartet premiere plus I'm performing myself. after that I can wander the neighborhood with a little more leisure!

                1. re: hungrycomposer

                  Here’s a sandwich that is surprisingly good. It is by no means an elevated dining experience (it is Boar’s Head roast beef afterall…) but for a late night slam-wich it’s pretty serious and only $7. it did make the list… http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/05...
                  Btw, it’s me JC (see stone pool
                  )See you this month!

                  1. re: El Tigre

                    That looks perfect, JC. But where to eat it? What a dilemma!

              1. Ave C and 2nd is a bit of a weird area for food. I lived at Ave B and 3rd for a while, and here's what I can suggest:

                Cafe Cortadito on Ave B and 3rd is a great spot for Cuban food, and not terribly expensive. Tables are usually hard to come by, but they're take out menu works just as well.

                Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches on Ave A and 2nd is a pretty good place to grab a bite too. It'll be 'on the way home' if you get off at the 2nd Ave subway station.

                Kafana (mentioned above) is also wonderful. Small place, but you probably won't need reservations, and the food is wonderful.

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

                Cafe Cortadito
                210 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

                116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                1. East Village Tavern has a lengthy bar menu. Black Iron Burger is an alternative to Royale for burgers. Joselito's on Avenue C has the best cubano. Zum Schneider for German sausages if you don't mind crowds. Il Posto Accanto, Italian wine bar. If Kafana is pricey, Remedy Diner on East Houston will feed you huge portions of good diner food at ridiculously low cost.

                  There's actually a lot in the neighborhood these days.

                  157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                  Zum Schneider
                  107 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                  Remedy Diner
                  245 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                  Il Posto Accanto
                  190 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

                  Black Iron Burger Shop
                  540 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                  116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                  East Village Tavern
                  158 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                  125 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009

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                  1. re: Wilfrid

                    Hmm. I would debate using the word "good" and "Remedy Diner" in the same sentence. But I guess YMMV. They are cheap, and the portions are big, I'll give you that. But the Hollandaise on my eggs benedict I'm pretty sure was made from milk and corn starch. Blech.

                    1. re: sgordon

                      Haven't tried that. Burgers, sandwiches, fries all fine so far. Not award winning, of course.

                  2. theres a basque tapas place on 4th, between (i think) a and 1st. euzkadi is the name

                    1. Grape and Grain, a wine bar on 6th St around Ave B. Good for the nights when you get out on the later side and have some time to enjoy a few small plates

                      Grape and Grain
                      620 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009