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Good eats near Ave C and 2nd St?

hungrycomposer Aug 2, 2010 10:28 PM

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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    orthorunner Aug 6, 2010 01:35 AM

    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

    1. thew Aug 5, 2010 10:21 AM

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

      1. Wilfrid Aug 5, 2010 06:07 AM

        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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          sgordon Aug 5, 2010 08:41 AM

          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.

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            Wilfrid Aug 6, 2010 05:14 AM

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

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          songexe Aug 4, 2010 09:10 PM

          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

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            El Tigre Aug 4, 2010 08:21 AM


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              hungrycomposer Aug 4, 2010 10:30 PM

              Yes, it's Annie, Who is "El Tigre?"

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                El Tigre Aug 5, 2010 09:56 AM

                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!

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                  hungrycomposer Aug 5, 2010 09:53 PM

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

            2. sgordon Aug 3, 2010 01:26 PM

              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
                hungrycomposer Aug 4, 2010 10:29 PM

                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

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                  sgordon Aug 5, 2010 08:37 AM

                  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!

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                    hungrycomposer Aug 5, 2010 08:53 AM

                    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!

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                      uwsister Aug 6, 2010 02:54 PM

                      Yay for musicians on Chowhounds!

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                small h Aug 3, 2010 12:36 PM

                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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                  edintern Aug 5, 2010 08:41 AM

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

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                  Blumie Aug 3, 2010 07:04 AM

                  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. princeofpork Aug 3, 2010 06:15 AM

                    Royale, Cafecito - 10 blocks north

                    157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                    185 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

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                      chow_gal Aug 3, 2010 06:06 AM

                      Yerba Buena. Mercadito about 10 blocks north though.

                      Yerba Buena
                      23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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