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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
"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 >>
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 >>
Ashley Bickerton returns to Lehmann Maupin
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 >>
The HOWL! Fest returns
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A Pinoy throwback cracks open in the East Village
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 >>
Looking back at the Bowery art scene
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
"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"
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 >>
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 >>
Get dolled up for Bushwig
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 >>
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.
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 >>
They're slinging Singapore food 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The weekend gathering celebrates the seminal poem with readings, art, dance, and more.
That was impressive. I was eating the bubble waffle at TKettle, a Taiwanese dessert joint in the East Village.