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mrbluemeanie Aug 10, 2010 12:55 PM

Hi all, my wife and i will be heading into NY next week, and we intend to visit and stay in the east village. Wondering where we should be staying that will be close to variety of great and adventurous dining. Any specific neighborhood or street recommendations? Hotel reco's would also be welcome.

thanks so much in advance

  1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 18, 2010 03:08 PM

    This might be too late, but based on other threads on this board, we hit up some LES CH faves before and after our tour at the Tenement Museum (my first time there-- I really enjoyed it & recommend, but I digress).

    We ate lunch at Shopsin's, which I've been wanting to do for a while since I read his book, and the menu is so over the top and fun that you can't help but like it. I wouldn't advise trying to eat anything else for a while afterwards though! I had the huevos rancheros and my sister had this ridiculous deep fried mozzarella/pesto grilled cheese with a tomato/eggplant dipping sauce that was incredible in that "I can't believe I actually ate that" kind of way. We shared a nutella mocha milkshake and loved it. The service was fine, and we got a laugh out of our waiter yelling at lady who tried to change her baby's diaper on a table, and then asked for a coffee, to be told they only served meals, to which she replied, "This is a complicated place!"... the waiter responded as she stormed off, "Not as complicated as you!"

    After the museum, we went to Doughnut Plant, another LES institution I've been dying to try for years, and got five doughnuts to share (yes, we are crazy): carrot cake cake, vanilla bean yeast, white peach yeast, pbj filled yeast, coconut glaze/cream yeast. We found the simpler yeast ones to be the best. Maybe if we hadn't been to Shopshin's for lunch that coconut cream one wouldn't have seemed like too much!

    And to take home, we got bagels at Kossar's (no bialys left). What a great food neighborhood!!

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    Doughnut Plant
    379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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        mrbluemeanie Aug 10, 2010 02:22 PM

        Thanks so much guys.

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          Cpalms Aug 10, 2010 02:51 PM

          you are going to need like 10 vacations to get through all the great recs you received here!! lol

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            Motosport Aug 11, 2010 06:19 AM

            Or move to Manhattan!!

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          kathryn Aug 10, 2010 01:37 PM

          Are you staying on the LES (below Houston) or in the East Village (below 14th and above Houston)? I'm confused.

          Here's my best of East Village list:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7243...

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          1. re: kathryn
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            mrbluemeanie Aug 10, 2010 01:51 PM

            Thinking below Houston at this point - but hoping to generate some suggestions to help me decide where exactly I'll end up.

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              small h Aug 10, 2010 01:54 PM

              Oh, then scratch my 7/A recommendation and replace with Rivington & Ludlow.

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                kathryn Aug 10, 2010 02:00 PM

                There's some great stuff on the LES including Russ & Daughters, Economy Candy, Clinton St Baking Company, Alias, the Essex Street Market (including Roni-Sue's chocolates and Shopsin's), Sorella, Tiny's, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Cafe Katja, Il Laboratorio de Gelato, WD-50...

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641893
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710737
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666024

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

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

                Cafe Katja
                79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                Sugar Sweet Sunshine
                126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                Economy Candy
                108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                Sorella
                95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

                Essex Street Market
                120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: kathryn
                  sgordon Aug 19, 2010 10:35 AM

                  ...Falai, The Orchard, Frankies 17 Clinton Street Spuntino, Little Giant, Katz's, Los Feliz, Meatball Shop... the LES is probably the best eating neighborhood in the city right now, as far as having a mix of high and low end, and it has the advantage of being right between two of the other best 'hoods - the East Village (Prune, Hearth, JoeDoe, Apiary, Porchetta, Planet Momofuku...) to the North, and Chinatown (don't even get me started, we'll be here all day...) to the South / Southwest.

                  For hotels, check The Hotel On Rivington and The Thompson LES - you might find some good deals on both, particularly the latter. Friend of mine stayed there about a month ago and the place was near-deserted, I don't think they're doing too well to be honest. Cash in on their misfortune.

                  Just skip the in-house restaurant (Shang) if you stay there...

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

                  The Orchard
                  162 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002

                  Little Giant
                  85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

                  Falai
                  68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                  Los Feliz
                  109 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

            2. Motosport Aug 10, 2010 01:37 PM

              It's easy to get around Manhattan so find a good deal on a hotel and make your way by foot, bus, subway or taxi to any one of the fabulous restaurants in the best city in the world.

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                small h Aug 10, 2010 01:29 PM

                E. 7th St. & Avenue A is a good jumping off place. For hotel recommendations, you'll have to visit HotelHound.

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