East Village

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Find the Best Ham (and Mustard) in the City at East Village Meat Market

    Many of this city's neighborhoods once filled with vibrant ethnic communities have all but disappeared, their roots erased as they become home to newer residents, and in turn, less specialty shops and cultural awareness. Look at Williamsburg and the Lower East Side for proof. And that's what makes p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Here's Why Big Bar Is the Best Dive Bar in the City

    New York has become a place where we drink $15 cocktails without blinking, and we expect our ice to be of a certain look and shape. And in that environment, I like dive bars for the same reason I like leaving voicemails: they're personal, and they're old school. Much like your favorite pair of jea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Four 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: Astoria gets its caffeine fix, po'boys hit Bushwick, and the East Village gets a new Asian-American restaurant.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From the East Village's Box Kite

    New York City's new-wave coffee shops may share an affinity for in-house roasting and high-end baked goods, but few expand much beyond the traditional cafe offerings or daytime hours. An exception to that rule is the East Village's Box Kite (115 St Marks Place, 212-574-8201), a shop that's open late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Why Stage Restaurant Might Be the Best Diner in NYC

    Mid-afternoon, Roman Diakun, proprietor of the East Village's Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), walks down from his apartment above to check in on his customers and items being prepped for dinner. Raised in Poland via Ukraine, Roman has owned the restaurant since 1980, and over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    East Village Radio Is No More

    Carly Wilford on EVR via When we paid a visit to the East Village Radio office two months ago for our profile on the station, there was no sign of financial trouble. In fact, station manager Peter Ferraro was planning for expansion, speaking to advertisers about sponsoring new shows and continuing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Eleven 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: an Italian comfort-food restaurant in Hotel Hugo; the infamous ramen burger finds its home downtown; and an East Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    After More Than 10 Years, East Village Radio Is Just Getting Started

    The producer who helped turn Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen into stars. The radio legend who first played Biggie and Jay-Z on the air. Two male roommates who have dressed identically every day for the last 12 years. A tiny room, on 1st street and 1st Avenue in the East Village. It sounds like the for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Where to Find Great Guacamole

    It is sometimes said that a good cheesemonger can tell, to the hour, when a wheel of camembert should be eaten. An expert's deep understanding of ripening agents, bloomy rinds, and complex environmental conditions allows him or her to zero in on a cheese's zenith, so you can schedule your dinner par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Schnitz Makes the Jump from Smorgasburg to a Permanent East Village Location

    Pop-up vendors who parlay their successes into brick-and-mortar restaurants have become a common story. And the most recent vendor to make the jump is The story of Schnitz (177 First Avenue, 646-861-3923), which just opened in the East Village.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    On an Ever-Changing Strip of Real Estate, the Nachos at Taqueria Diana Have Staying Power

    No street seems shift as constantly at St. Marks Place in the East Village. If you keep up with the revolving door of real estate that is the stretch between Cooper Square and Avenue A, you seen the evolution of ramen shops, slice joints, and automats. If you don't stroll down the street for a few w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    New Video of Suspected East Village Rapist

    A 22-year-old East Village woman was returning to her home on East 7th Street around 3:30 a.m. on Monday when a stranger followed her into her building, forced his way inside her apartment, and forcibly raped her. Neighbors told EV Grieve police began canvassing the neighborhood around 6:45 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Picnic Closes in the East Village

    Rumors were circulating that Picnic (117 Second Avenue), the Southern-inflected American restaurant that opened just a few months back in the East Village, closed up shop a week or so ago (that the phone rings incessantly and that EV Grieve posted a rent listing for the address seem pretty convincin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    A New Year's Day Bloody Mary Guide, By Neighborhood

    The first day of a new year brings with it hope, resolutions, and, depending on the previous night's festivities, a well-seasoned hangover. While sleep and caffeine are sound weapons of choice, there's perhaps no better fix than the hair of the dog, and perhaps no better combating cocktail than the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Stage Restaurant's Entire Menu, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    The entire menu at Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), $1.85-$9.95 The entire menu at this East Village diner comes in under $10 -- and the breakfast sandwich is the best in the city.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    A Mexican Breakfast at Sabor a Mexico

    "We don't have espresso drinks, no cappuccinos... just cafe con leche," laments the matron of Sabor a Mexico Taqueria (160 First Avenue, 212-533-4002), a modest Mexican hole-in-the-wall run by a family from Guerrero in the East Village. The four small tables are rarely filled; the occasional local c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    An Early Look at Cafe Standard

    That The Standard, rooted in the meatpacking district, is a beacon not just for tourists but also for New Yorkers can be chalked up to the hotel's dining savvy -- crowds pack the beer garden to capacity year-round, and though we all like to whine about the chaos, most of us find ourselves there from ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 11, 2013


    Ashley Bickerton returns to Lehmann Maupin

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Sneak Peek of Ippudo Westside, Opening July 13

    It's been over two years since international ramen empire Ippudo first announced it would open a second New York City location on West 51st Street in the former home of French restaurant René Pujol, and after seemingly endless construction delays, the spot's finally pulled the paper off the windows ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 29, 2013


    The HOWL! Fest returns

  • Dining

    May 8, 2013
  • 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

    April 26, 2013

    Six Miracles of East Village Ungentrification

    Miraculously, lunch counter B & H Dairy remains, from the era when its stretch of Second Avenue was known as the Yiddish Broadway. As a tribute to E.V. Grieve, the East Village's chronicler of closure and demolition, we present this collection of foodie landmarks that have remarkably remained open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Wylie Dufresne at the Rubin Museum and a Whole New World of Beef

    Monday, April 15 French Roast Downtown's 20th Anniversary Celebrate French Roast Downtown's twentieth anniversary with a three-course menu priced at $19.93, the year it opened. Peter Hudson will serve a classic French menu from April 15 to 18 that includes escargots, roasted bone marrow, and moules- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Biang! Brings Lamb Dumplings to Xi'an Famous Foods

    Dumpling obsessives rejoice: the East Village location of Xi'an Famous Foods is now serving the lamb-stuffed dumplings that drew rave reviews at their Flushing restaurant, Biang!. The plump little nuggets are the creation of chef David Shi, and five bucks will score you a custom-cooked order of six. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A Look at New 'Cue around NYC; Pigs Ears Amidst Chaos at Salvation Taco

    Our own Robert Sietsema surveys the latest barbecue offerings from "the East Village to Gowanus," and finds worthwhile rib-stickers throughout the boroughs. His saucy list of favorites includes Daniel Delany's BrisketTown, "which obsesses on beef brisket smoked in a trailer located just off Flushing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    East Village Hates Chains, Just Like Astor Place Once Did

    Last week, the New York Times reported that the East Village was emphatically protesting an incoming 7-Eleven. The Slurpee giant is worming its way right to the trendy core of the neighborhood, renovating a storefront on Avenue A and East 11th Street. The neighbors are worried that the snack chain w ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2012

    Munch an Ugly Duckling at Jeepney

    A Pinoy throwback cracks open in the East Village

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Unhatched Ducklings at Jeepney; Smoking Up Meat at BrisketTown

    Our own Tejal Rao visits the East Village's Jeepney, the latest venture from the Maharlika family, to try the unhatched duckling eggs at the "modern Filipino gastropub" in her review of Jeepney. She offers some guidelines for enjoying the small bites: "Think of the impossibly pure broth you get when ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 7, 2012


    Looking back at the Bowery art scene

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Report From the East and West Villages, Post-Apocalypse

    Le Bonbonniere, the West Village's favorite greasy spoon, was operating by candlelight last night. Over the last three days, as the reality of the storm's extreme impact downtown has become increasingly apparent, Villagers have pumped their basements and tried to lead some semblance of normal live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Celebrate Food in East Harlem or the East Village

    Two neighborhoods are celebrating the best cuisine they have to offer this weekend. Indulge uptown or downtown, with Moroccan or Mexican, but either way, East Harlem and the East Village will satisfy your appetite.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Pad Thai Redeemed

    Finally, a pad thai that kicks your ass Pad Thai is one of those dishes to be instinctively avoided. Even at great Thai restaurants, the cooks switch into gringo mode and turn out an indifferent heap of pale rice noodles that's invariably bland and way too sweet. But then last Friday evening a gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The New Lucky Cheng's Has Sort Of Opened!

    Attention, bachelorettes, birthday people, and karaoke queens! Last night, the long running drag entertainment restaurant Lucky Cheng's had a soft opening at their new locale, smack up where the tourists roam, at 240 W. 52nd Street.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    When Sweet Cocktails Attack!

    "a grainy watermelon gimlet whiffed of the lavender pillows and half-emptied bottles of gin one might find in an old lady's knicker drawer"

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    East Village Gets First Large-Scale Historic Landmark District

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted yesterday to designate a collection of over 330 buildings -- within the bounds of the Bowery, Avenue A, East 2nd and East 7th street -- as the first large-scale historic district in neighborhood history. In a 6 to 1 vote, the commission gave landmark prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Sexy Brunch At Black Market

    Black Market, a gastropub in the East Village, is taking brunch up a notch with their debut of Sexy Brunch. It's on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30 am to 4 pm and starting at noon, DJ Har Mar Superstar and a rotating cast of guests will be spinning music. The restaurant, which opened two years ago ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 26, 2012


    Get dolled up for Bushwig

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    What's Liza Queen Up To at Potlikker?

    A marvelous plum salad, for one thing . . . [See More Photos from Robert Sietsema: 5 Amazing Indian Dishes From Deccan Spice | 5 Best Things To Eat at Masak, in the East Village] Liza Queen is one of the city's most unusual chefs. When she opened Queens Hideaway eight years ago on Franklin Avenu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Crif Dogs

    This was a easy round. Mike Winston guessed it: it was a spicy redneck and a chihuahua from Crif Dogs at the East Village location --- not Williamsburg. Close though.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Say Goodbye To Malaga, Diablo Royale Este

    Malaga, which was closed on August 25, after racking up 77 points in a DOH inspection is still closed even though their voicemail says they'll be back on September 5. [NY Eater] Porchetta.Hog is temporarily closed. Although it's located just a couple of blocks away from Sara Jenkins' Porchetta, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 29, 2012

    Masak: Asian Rustic

    They're slinging Singapore food in the East Village

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    5 Best Things To Eat at Masak, in the East Village

    The splendid "devil chicken" at Masak [See More Great Dishes at Ootoya and Tacos Cachanilla] This week, Counter Culture sails on a three-masted ship into Masak, an obscurely located East Village bistro that takes its inspiration from Singaporean cooking, which is itself partly inspired by Malaysia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    5 Great Cocktails on Tap in New York City

    Gin Palace's Gin and Tonic Why get excited about a big, pre-mixed batch of booze that comes out of a spigot? Because if someone's putting their Fernet and cola on tap, they must think it's really awesome. We're not sure the tap trend really is the next big thing, but when solid cocktail bars make t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Vegans Have Better Sex According to Singing Woman

    This news comes to us by way of DNAinfo, which reported that there has been a singing vegan lady trying to convert East Village meat eaters into vegetable-eating purists. "Vegans have better sex, better health, cleaner conscience," Grace Weaver, the vegan advocate, has been singing. According to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Caracas Arepa Bar

    You guessed it JLee. I was grabbing dinner at Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village. It's delicious Venezuelan food. The crowds can get a bit intense sometimes, but it does have a take-out window.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Calling All Suckers: East Village Snake-Oil Factory Selling Tap Water For $2.50 A Glass

    We're not sure what's more unsettling: the fact that an East Village business is selling tap water for $2.50 a bottle, or that countless idiots will probably buy it.That's right, a "water cafe" called "Molecule" is now open for business right around the corner from the Voice's East Village abode tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Porchetta's Lebanese Chicken Sandwich

    The sandwich was inspired by a Lebanese original. [ See More Taste Tests: Spring Garden: Brooklyn's Best Dim Sum? | The 6 Best Snacks on the High Line | The City's Weirdest Frozen Treat? Salted Licorice Pops ] Porchetta -- the East Village establishment specializing in a Tuscan roadside attracti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Cast In Concrete #4: CINEMA dub MONKS Add An Air Of The Abstract To Washington Square Park

    Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records the musical offerings of New York City's street musicians. Who: CINEMA dub MONKS Where: Washington Square Park When: June 20, 9 p.m. I guess all the musicians in this city are better about checking the forecasts than I am, because a sizable loop t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Boukies: 5 To-Die-For Dishes

    1. The spanakopita are configured as right triangles, and strewn with microgreens. Today, Counter Culture arrives by trireme (Odysseus' type of ship) at Boukies, a Greek tapas bar in the East Village. While I didn't like everything there, a handful of dishes were outstanding, and worth voyaging al ... More >>

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