East Village

Ho Foods

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Overview:

Compact, casual Taiwanese eatery focusing on beef noodle soups & locally sourced ingredients.

Information:

Address: 110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (347) 788-0682

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Baar Baar

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Overview

Place for creative, sophisticated Indian dishes & cocktails in a colorful, chic setting. Great for sharing dishes and group dining.

Information:

Address: 13 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 228-1200

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Mr. White

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Overview:

An upscale take on New Orleans fare in a decorous setting with a white-trimmed bar and chef's counter.

Information:

Address: 123 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 510-7229

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Nicoletta

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Overview:

Nicoletta is Chef Michael White's no-frills East Village pizzeria. The space is super casual with a brick oven and open kitchen. The menu is mostly Italian classics like big plates of calamari, arancini, stromboli and the standout meatballs. The tasty thick-crust pies are loaded with different combinations of toppings but the best is the calabrese with deep pepperoni cups that curl up and fill with grease (don't front like you don't love that). This place is super affordable with big portions easy to share, making it a good spot for a weekday date or group dinner.

Information:

Address: 160 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone:  (212) 432-1600

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Au Za'atar

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Overview:

You'll find Au Za'atar in a cozy corner spot of the East Village. Divided into three dining areas plus a handful of outdoor tables that run along Avenue A they offer plenty of seating. The décor is rustic with bare brick and wood-paneled walls. Named after Lebanon's signature spice mixture, the restaurant attempts to encompass the full range of typical food found in the region, calling itself an "Arabian French bistro." The food is fantastic and there is a seemingly endless list of hot & cold mezzes, dips, and grilled meats & fish to order. A range of spices and fresh vegetables go into satisfying plates perfect to share like familiar dishes of falafel and hummus or more adventurous offerings like fattet al-betenjane and mujadara. Mixed grill platters of grilled meats and sauces is fun & tasty to share. Comfortable neighborhood spot that is good for groups, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 

Information:

Address: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 254-5660

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Málà Project  

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Overview:

Málà Project is a cozy, casual East Village spot where even the most jaded New Yorkers can come try food they have never experienced. The restaurant specializes in Sichuan dry pot which is a dish that became popular in the provincial capital of Chengdu during the ’80s. To build your dry pot there are roughly 70, yes 70, ingredients to choose from ranging from traditional (glass noodles, oyster mushrooms, prawns) to absolutely wild (beef artery, duck tongue, chicken gizzard). Ingredients are then tossed in a big bamboo bowl with plenty of cilantro and chili peppers. To round out your meal there are plenty of non-dry-pot specialties, like crispy-thin scallion pancakes, excellent dan dan noodles, and pan-fried pork dumplings. This is a really fun place to come with a group and try an interesting cuisine for a very low price. 

Information:

Address:  122 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 353-8880

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Carma East

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Overview:

Carma East is an East Village neighborhood spot which recently had it's first birthday. The atmosphere is modern and cozy; casual enough to frequent. The contemporary Chinese/Taiwanese menu mainly focuses on dim sum. You'll find the usual players- tons of dumplings, shu mai, crispy chicken and pork bao. The taiwanese style beef noodle soup is rich and loaded with chunks of meat. Dishes like general tso's chicken and crispy pork with cucumbers round out the menu. Full bar available. 

Information:

Address: : 507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 228-9688

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Little Tong Noodle Shop

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Overview

Little Tong is a compact, corner eatery from a chef who cut her teeth cooking at WD-50,  Simone Tong. The narrow, wood lined space is casual with some seating outside that is perfect for people watching in the East Village. Chinese mixian rice noodles are the focus here and are accompanied by small plates such as ghost pepper chicken, beef tartare with scallion pancake and pork wontons. Mixian is a style of fermented rice noodle which comes from the Chinese province of Yunnan. There are 4 distinctive options with interesting toppings like the Mala Dan Dan Mixian topped with ground pork, ya cai, pickled celery and mustard seeds, chili oil & peanuts. Dishes are all under $15 and they serve beer & wine as well. 

Information:

Address177 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (929) 367-8664

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Martina Pizzeria

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Overview:

Martina is the newest restaurant concept from the Union Square Hospitality Group team. The venue is supposed to be a paired down version of their upscale pizza place, Marta. The space is casual and you order food at the counter, which comes to you quickly (pizzas cook in under 3 minutes). The menu is inexpensive and manageable with all items costing under $12. There is a small menu of antipasti and salad plus 8 pizza options including margherita, salame, and capricciosa with artichokes, ham, mushrooms, black olives, mozzarella & egg. Pizza crust here is super thin so if you're expecting traditional NYC pizza, you'll be disappointed. Although the food is quick and inexpensive, the team is hoping that people will think of the concept as “fine-casual” as opposed to “fast-casual” because of the elevated service touches and alcohol service. 

Information:

Address198 East 11th Street , New York, 10003

Phone (646) -747-6635

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Old Monk


Overview:

Old Monk, new restaurant. The proprietors of this new venture have taken over the space that once housed Babu Ji, so the neighborhood will not be lacking a great Indian restaurant. The corner space is polished and slightly dark, with some great artwork hanging above patrons. The chef has taken a cuisine that is generally reserved for sitting on your couch and made is not only modern but beautiful to behold. Dishes aren't just pretty, they are inventive and full of flavor. Everything is good to share, like contemporary takes on naan bread with goat cheese and honey chili chicken. There is a large variety in entrees; I'd suggest the grilled lamb chops or coconut curry prawns. Beer & wine coming soon. 

Information:

Address: 175 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 559-2922

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Hanoi House

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Overview

Adding to what is easily one of NYC's greatest food blocks is the fantastic Hanoi House. Opened in late 2016, the space fits in perfectly on St Mark's. The design is casual and laid back with an open kitchen. The vibe is bustling and loud, but not uncomfortably so. If you've read a single story about the food here, I don't need to tell you it's great. They have taken Vietnamese food and make it modern, interesting & fun. Dishes are super shareable; I'd recommend a spread of papaya with crispy pigs ears, clam congee, or crab & pork spring rolls. A great treat is the bun cha - lemongrass pork, pork meatballs, green papaya, crab spring rolls, rice vermicelli, chili & garlic. You will undoubtedly walk out satisfied. 

Information:

Address 119 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 995-5010

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

The Tang


Overview:

I really love Asian stuff and I really love The Tang. This hole in the wall East Village restaurant is great for a quick meal or delivery. The noodle bar serves noodles, wraps, and appetizers from various regions in China. Small plates include garlic pork dumplings, fried turnip cakes, chilled beef shanks and Sesame Tofu with salted mustard. The noodles are where it's at though - super chewy, huge portions, and in a slew of varieties. There are 8 variations including drunk noodles, dan dan, and sizzling noodles topped with a variety of proteins. 

Information:

Address: 120 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (646) 678-3092

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Zadie's Oyster Room


Overview:

The space at 413 E 12th has been a bit cursed for restaurants but Zadie's may be the one to finally stick. The tiny tin ceilinged, rustic space features just a hand full of tables and a bar. The menu is also small but offers a lot in the way of creativity. Oysters are served 7 different ways including poached, broiled, fried, pickled, and of course raw. The baked version is particularly delicious with seaweed butter, egg, prosciutto and leeks. Other bites include a tuna melt and caesar salad. It's a cute neighborhood spot with an extremely affordable wine list. 

Information:

Address:   413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 602-1300

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Timna


Overview:

Timna opened in 2016 on one of the best food blocks NYC has to offer- St Marks btw 1st & avenue A. The space is cozy and rustic with an intimate feel. Here chef Nir Mesika creates modern interpretations of Mediterranean and Israeli dishes. No, it's not a bunch of hummus and falafel. It is thoughtfully crafted, beautifully plated Israeli food. Every single dish has a complex array of ingredients, sauces and accents that uplift the plate. You can select a chefs tasting or go it on your own and share dishes like kubaneh bread, roasted cauliflower with curry yogurt, Bedouin octopus or Morrocan duck. Whatever you order it will be familiar flavors, recreated in an interesting way. This is really an experience worth having in a city over saturated with dining options. 

Information:

Address:   109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 964-5181

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Out East


Overview

Out East is a new venture from long time restaurant vet Anthony Serignese. The stylish, modern space is a true departure from what you'll typically find in the East Village. It is larger than anything else in the neighborhood, spanning multiple dining rooms, two floors, and two bars. Every element from the wall paper, to the flooring and the lights have been meticulously choreographed to reflect coastal culture. Like the interior, the menu is inspired by the ingredients of coastal New York. They offer tons of raw bar and beach fare including fluke ceviche, clam pizza, and a massive seafood tower with maine lobster, oysters, shrimp cocktail, littleneck clam salad & uni. Large entrees include heartier food like roasted chicken with aji amarillo and steak frites. Great place for groups and affordable enough to return often. 

Information:

Address: 509 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 509-5096

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.outeastnyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Empellon Al Pastor


Overview:

The Empellon group is the shit. All three totally distinct locations & concepts, all totally the shit. Al Pastor is the most casual of the bunch, decked out with floor-to-ceiling graffiti art the likes of which I will never be talented enough to reproduce. The tequila heavy cocktail menu comes with a great bar food menu to boot. Once serving just tacos, Alex Stupak has expanded his offering to include tons of alcohol friendly items. There is excellent shrimp ceviche, chicken wings with peanuts & salsa macha and baby back rib carnitas. Choose from 8 different taco varieties, the best of which is a cheeseburger taco. All this from a man who worked as a pastry chef previously for a decade; pretty amazing. 

Information:

Address:  132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (646) 833-7039

Neighborhood: East Village

Website: https://www.empellon.com/al-pastor/

Price: $-$$