Alphabet City

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Sing About It: New York's 10 Best Karaoke Bars

    Karaoke brings people together like few other activities: You either sequester yourself into a windowless room with a group of friends where you bond over a shared knowledge of Gin Blossoms songs, or you work up the nerve to sing those songs in front of a room of strangers. Either way, it's hard to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC

    When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a Brooklyn spot from an Ai Fiori alum, a cupcake shop in the East Village, and a soba-heavy restaurant in Alphabet City.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    At Tuome, Thomas Chen Articulates Eloquent Culinary Sentences in Alphabet City

    At Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811) in the center of the East Village's Alphabet City, an appetizer of smoky charred octopus arrives at my table. Curved like an iron boat hook excavated from a shipwreck, the lone tentacle reclines on a shingle of pork pebbles. Before I can do my best James ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    This Week's Top Four Happy Hour Specials

    Before heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, toast your office buddies and those friends that never leave the city with a few cheap drinks. Here are four places to take into consideration.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Here Are the Best NYC Beer Events in May

    There's nothing better than shaking off the cold rains of April to enjoy sunshine and budding flowers and the warm days of May -- unless it's doing all that with a beer in hand. Check out some of the beer-focused events happening around the city this month, including today's excellent kick-off.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    33 Essential Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Less Than $10

    Rent prices may be rising in this city, but for now, there are plenty of purveyors of cheap food that manage to hold on to leases, even in trendy lower Manhattan. That's lucky for us -- cheap eats joints are a well-ingrained part of our culinary fabric, and they comprise a full third of our roster o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    An Early Taste of the Dishes of Choice Eats

    Just five more days until our seventh annual Choice Eats tasting event, when more than 80 restaurants from around the city will come together under one roof at Basketball City (299 South Street). Have you purchased your tickets to feast? Your $60 general admission fare ($70 at the door) gets you unl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Eight Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a pop-up in the former Bowery Diner space, an Arabian-French fusion in the East Village, and a cafe with laundromat s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Cheap Drinks (and Food) at 100 Montaditos, High Dive, The Whiskey Ward, and 2A

    You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you're definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Blowout Meals to End 2013

    In a little over a week, 2013 will be history, left for archivists to dust off their microscopes and ponder the ramifications of Cronut Fever. But for now, we're approaching something I like to call the holiday sweet spot -- that magical week between Christmas and New Year's where all bets are off, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Five Spots to Celebrate Repeal Day and Repeal Day Eve

    The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 6, 2013

    Isaan Like Donkey Kong

    Three new spots try the other Thai

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Best NYC Musicians by Genre, Clubs, and Comedians

    It's out! This year's Best Of Issue is, if we say so ourselves, the best. It features (rough count here) 1,000,000 write ups about the unknown or undeniable things that make our city great. Here, we run down some of big Best Of Winners for music, bars, clubs, and comedy. Check it all out and get bac ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    (UPDATED) The City Is Quiet This Weekend--So Here's Where to Eat While You Have Your Chance

    A sizable part of this city's population has a high tolerance for wait lists, and the rest of us avoid lines at any cost--which means we've missed out on some of the restaurants other people rave about because we're simply unwilling to give up three hours to stand around. If you fall in the latter c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: Alphabet City Beer Cruise, Bushwick Block Party & More

    From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Cheap Latin Brunch Awaits at Esperanto in Alphabet City

    If you don't live nearby, getting to Esperanto in Alphabet City is a bit of a mission: There are 10 blocks between the restaurant and either of the closest subway stops. But the reward for the journey comes in the form of delicious plates of Brazilian-leaning Latin cuisine and a whole lot of booze.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Taste of Long Island City, Meat Tour, All-You-Can-Drink Craft Beer: What To Do This Week

    So you're back from spending the first official weekend of summer in the Hamptons/Rockaways/Jersey Shore, and you're trying to cope with your awkward sunburn. Here's a look at some fun food events this week to help soothe your skin -- or at least settle your stomach:

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Get Ready For The Condo-ification of Avenue A

    Manhattan has become the most expensive place to live in the country. Brooklyn ranks second on that unfortunate list. The latter is getting so costly that people are moving back to the former in some weird migratory conundrum. A main force behind all of this has been condofication - a mainstay of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    5 Great Ideas for New York City Singles on Valentine's Day

    Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Drop Off Service, Supper, and Ray's: Stuff Your Face in Alphabet City

    Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, where we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff you should be checking out. This week: Alphabet City.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Kasadela Replaced by Boutique, Organika Will Take Over Candela Candela, and Bonchon on John is Gone for Now

    Candela Candela officially closed in January, but owners Shai Zvibak and Marchello Assante aren't giving up the valuable spot on Second Avenue. Instead, they're opening up an organic pizza spot in its place called Organika, said EV Local. Reportedly it will open in the next few weeks.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    What's Happening: Dine Around Eataly and Sierra Nevada Tasting

    Monday, January 14 Whole Hog Butcher Dinner at Louro Louro celebrates the next Nossa Mesa Supper Club Monday night with a four-course meal from chef Justin Severino of Pittsburgh's Cure. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and the butchering starts at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. Dinne ... More >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2012

    New Year's Eve Guide: Ignite the Night

    Reinvention is the new resolution. Ring in 2013 with eats, drinks, music, and more.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    When Will the L Train Return From Its No-Longer-Watery Grave? [UPDATED] NOW!

    UPDATE: We in there. Ladies and Gentlemen: The L train is back.Enjoy your trip home tonight. Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 8, 2012

  • Film

    November 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2012

    Two Separate Stabbings Deep in the East Village Last Night

    We were wondering what all those helicopters, fire trucks and police cars near Avenue D were about last night. Looks like we may have our answer and it doesn't look pretty.Early yesterday evening, two different persons were stabbed deep in Alphabet City. Luckily, both encounters were non-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Come Rain or Shine, A Few Eating Options For Memorial Day Weekend

    Hopefully this rainy week will turn into a stunningly sunny weekend. No one wants a washed out Memorial Day weekend, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best as we make our plans. We're mostly half-glass-full types anyway. With that in mind, we'll offer up a few outdoor eats for the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 137: China Wok

    Spare Ribs from China Wok (199 East 3rd Street, 212-228-5888)

  • Voice Choices

    May 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Say Goodbye to The Lakeside Lounge, Mary Queen of Scots

    Alphabet City loses another dive bar with The Lakeside Lounge gone. [EV Grieve] Niko on Mercer Street has closed due to a plumbing problem. "We had a flood; whether or not we reopen depends on what happens with the insurance,'' owner Cobi Levy told Grub Street. However, sources close to the restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Kate's Joint, Lakeside Lounge

    For rent signs are up at Kate's Joint in the East Village. Apparently, the Indiegogo campaign to save the restaurant didn't work. EV Grieve has also learned from a "reliable tipster" that Starbucks might be moving into the space. [EV Grieve] Cafe Katja is temporarily closed for renovations and will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2012

    Black Bloc And Bottles Led NYPD To Close Tompkins Square Last Night

    The heat must be getting to a few peoples' heads. At around 9pm last night, a loose pack of around 50 to 60 protestors took to the streets, looting and vandalizing storefronts and property in the East Village. Their targets: the windows of the Starbucks on Astor and the newly opened 7/11 on St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2012

    Lakeside Lounge, the Alphabet City Hangout, To Close

    The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good at the end of this month. And, like its other friends in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Life Cafe, Manganaro

    Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Savoy Becomes Back Forty West; Benares Brings Indian to the Theater District

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. ​Chef Peter Hoffman's former Savoy space, said the be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will re-open as Back Forty West this week. The SoHo sister restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Happy Hour at Billy Hurricane's

    This Alphabet City watering hole is supposed to have a New Orleans motif, which apparently means lots of tinkering lights and a bartender in an elastic-looking, headband-sized dress.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter Coming Soon to Avenue C

    Southern food might have been one of the big restaurant trends of 2011, but it shows no signs of slowing down. The newest addition to the city (located not too far from another bird-named Southern spot, the Cardinal) will come in the form of Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, a luncheonette-style eate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    December's Openings and Closings

    The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Banana and Brown Sugar-Infused Jack Daniel's at Common Ground

    The drink: Banana and brown sugar-infused Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey The bar: Common Ground Bar & Restaurant (206 Avenue A, 212-228-6231) The price: $10 The ingredients: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, banana, brown sugar

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Beerathon!

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here!Coast to Coast Wine and DineRestaurant Marc ForgioneNovember 15Satisfy your appetite for community service and epicureanism Tuesday night. Forgione's tasting features the talents ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Back Forty Stages an Oyster Showdown. Slurpers Mark Calendar.

    ChefMattRockWellfleets will try their damnedest.​ There have been numerous East Coast-West Coast feuds: Biggie vs. Tupac, David Chang's "Fig-Gate," and now a bicoastal oyster rivalry. The country's bivalve bookends will go head-to-head at Alphabet City's Back Forty on November 19 from 3 p.m. t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    SOS Chefs Has Closed, and We Are Sad

    ​File under "Things That Make Us Sad": S.O.S. Chefs, the 15-year-old specialty shop that supplied chefs from Amanda Cohen to David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton with hard-to-find ingredients, has closed.

  • Theater

    June 1, 2011

    EST Goes Marathoning

    A fistful of one-acts from Qui Nguyen, Billy Aronson, Romulus Linney, Ben Rosenthal, and J. Holtham

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2011


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  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Sofrito's Gets Sued; Rabbis Gear Up for Passover

    ​A state senator has proposed a new bill that would offer tax breaks to New York restaurants that buy locally grown produce, as well as milk, cheese, and maple products. [LoHud] Republicans' budget approved last week proposes to overhaul the $65 billion food stamp program, making aid continge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to West End, Goodbye to Café Flo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 16, 2011

    Edi & the Wolf Invites You to Waltz on In

    Austria annexes a little bit of Avenue C

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    A Developer Explains High-Priced Condos To Us

    It's probably useless complaining about the seemingly endless supply of new housing for the rich in New York, which doesn't appear to be slowing down even as we head into the next Great Depression. But complaining about the Lower East Side and Alphabet City and Harlem becoming the next playgrounds ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 30, 1999
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