In my meat-free book, there are three components to the perfect eatery (in addition, of course, to serving tasty food): First, there must be at least two vegetarian options on the menu -- having only one is boring and makes me feel like an afterthought instead of an valued guest. Second, the food sh ... More >>
Of the countless regional corn masa snacks called antojitos hand-patted throughout Mexico, the tlacoyo is one of the dozen or so that has made its way to the North.
With GoogaMooga just a day away, we're savoring the videos Food.Curated created to preview what some of the participating restaurants will bring to this weekend's food festival in Prospect Park.
Tejal Rao took a break from professional eating this week, but our own Robert Sietsema kept at it by checking in at Le Midi Bistro. Located in a former East Village Woolworth's building and karaoke den, Sietsema notes in his review of Le Midi that the restaurant "is one of those old-school bistros w ... More >>
Over the weekend, the East Village got a heaping pile of Parisian flair. Two new French spots opened for business near Tompkins Square Park.
It's takes five extra minutes for dish #14, but we don't mind waiting Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More: The Story of Hash | The King of Fried Chick ... More >>
In this case, the under-scoop was PB&J. In our quest to bring you the best eats from the five boroughs and beyond, Fork in the Road misses things right under our collective noses. In this case, it's a humble ice cream cart with some of the best in the East Village -- and that includes a lot of ice ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: White Pizza From Dellarocco's of Brooklyn, Dish #72 | Saba Kinuta at Miyagi, Dish #73]
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at the Mondrian SoHo opened today. It's Sicilian food by executive chef Victor LaPlaca, who spent the last 17 years opening restaurants with Todd English. Signatures off Isola's trattoria menu will include cuscinetto with goat cheese and black olive, baby heirloom tomato ... More >>
See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema thinks Sao Mai might be New York's best Vietnamese restaurant: "Situated on First Avenue in the East Village, Sao Mai ("Morning Star") was the subject of a partial review by Lauren Shockey in the Voice last February. But ... More >>
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 >>
See what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema lists his five favorite NYC margaritas, and tries (and hates) the spicy chicken sandwich at McDonald's. He also examines Pizza Hut's new British creation, "The Bone," a pie with a hot-dog-stuffed crust, and suggests a hot-d ... More >>
For this week's review, I went to two new casual Vietnamese spots in the East Village. The first, Sao Mai, offers your standard --though fresh and flavorful -- selection of Viet fare, including pho, bun, and grilled meat dishes. The other, Xe May Sandwich Shop, specializes in banh mi, but also off ... More >>
Yesterday we posted the video of a man suspected in the attempted rape of a 27-year-old East Village woman. The victim has told the New York Post her side of the story: She fought off the man, screaming, cursing, and kicking, after he followed her into her building on First Avenue at around 3 a.m. ... More >>
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. International Gourmet Kitchen (IGK) is a new lunch spot in Chelsea, offering great value on everything from burgers to burritos to Asian rice bowls. [Midtown Lunch] To ... More >>
viaFirst there was the East Village doorshitter, now the West Village has its very own excreting felon. The Daily News reports via video surveillance that the man -- described as a either black or Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches and 20 to 25 years old -- was spotted undoing his belt and peeing or a ... More >>
PepsiCo may be turning its focus back to cola in some markets, but is looking to boost its health snacks business in India via its global nutrition unit. [Wall Street Journal] The owner of Fu Sushi in the East Village denies that his restaurant was open for business despite being ordered to ... More >>
What happens when the hamburger on your hat looks much better than the hamburger you're eating? Predictably, East Village favorite gift and t-shirt store Alphabets (115 Avenue A, 212-475-7250) has been accumulating food-themed gag gifts over the last couple of years. But do you really want t ... More >>
viaThough Friday evening's protest of the Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata acquittal in the NYPD rape case seemed like a moment of catharsis, it's not quite over for everyone who felt betrayed by the verdict. "People were pissed," we learned of the protest and apparently they still are: A new ... More >>
Photo courtesy of CounterThe demise of Counter, the East Village vegetarian oasis, seemed imminent last November when Alex Stupak announced he'd be opening a location of Empellòn in the space the restaurant occupies on First Avenue. But according to a sign on the window spotted by an E ... More >>
First course: An amuse of broiled rabbit hearts with garlic and olive oil On Friday evening the Organ Meat Society met to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the organization.
viaIn today's news that doesn't surprise us at all, because we are highly sophisticated peoples of expensive tastes, two East Village penthouses owned by the same dude are connected by a slide. Well, of course they are! How would you connect your East Village penthouses? What's that, you don' ... More >>
More than just vodka and tomato juiceEast Village Mexican newcomer El Camion is slowly making its name for being a boozy brunch spot, and now it's offering patrons the chance to get even more buzzed with an ingredient guessing game. Just correctly name all the components of their spicy Blood ... More >>
16 HandlesWhen 16 Handles opened in the East Village in 2008, it appeared indistinguishable from the glut of frozen yogurt shops that at the time were colonizing storefronts across the city. But now it appears that the store's name, so oddly evocative of adipose tissue, will soon be familiar ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Rocco Ancarola has ended his partnership in Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon. The place was quickly sold and renamed The State Room. [NY Post] The Chelsea location of 'Swich is c ... More >>
via EV GrieveRemember that mysterious novel that was appearing, page by page, in locations around the East Village? Alas, those pages seem to have disappeared without a trace, perhaps due to rain, perhaps to a novelist abandoning efforts (or, dare we hope, a book deal?). But our East Village ... More >>
Vandaag in the East Village and Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg are among cocktail bars serving $10 drinks, as opposed to the now ubiquitous $12-$14 drink. [NY Post] New York makes a list of seven best beer cities in the country, alongside Chicago, Denver, Philly, Portland, St. Louis, and Sa ... More >>
The BeanEarlier today, the Bean, the First Avenue coffee shop beloved by East Village caffeine nuts and dog owners alike, was shuttered by the state.
via EV GrieveJust as everyone was preparing to get all mushy-gushy and celebrate with a toast and a kiss because love is in the air and whatnot, the city had to go and bring down the house, literally. The city has approved the demolition of 35 Cooper Square, just a few hours after a permit wa ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 24, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 8 Gem Spa closes: Bye Bye, Miss American Egg Cream By Clark Whelton Gem Spa is closed. The candy store which became a clearing house for the hip-yip-street freak festival in the East Village is now pa ... More >>
Burglary suspectsCops are looking for two daring burglars who sneaked into a first-floor East Village apartment at 11:30 p.m. January 5, scared the hell out of a 79-year-old woman there, then scurried down the fire escape to another apartment, where they stole jewelry, a laptop, and credit cards. ... More >>
Surely you'll recall Jimmy McMillan, the "Rent Is Too Damn High" guy who made a splash just last year at the gubernatorial debate with his karate and badass black gloves and crazy facial hair stylings, and then his various music videos and album release and campaign message and whatnot? Well, ... More >>
The sushi at Natori is pristine in its freshness, and cheap, too. Abby S. asks: I'm hoping you can help me. I'm taking my niece out for a birthday lunch Friday; she's turning 14 and requested sushi. I need a place that's nice but not overwhelmingly so (she's a fairly sophisticated eater, but ... More >>
Deep-fried kale makes a festive snack. Finally had a chance to sit down and review my culinary input during the recent holidays, a time when one downs so many new things that it's hard to sort them out. One of the best things I tried was at an East Village community garden Christmas Party -- ... More >>
DNAinfo/Gabriela Resto-Montero It has been a bad, bad morning for East Village food concerns: a couple of hours before Sixth Street Kitchen was badly damaged by a fire, a similar blaze occurred at East Village Farm & Grocery on the corner of Second Avenue and East Fourth Street. According to ... More >>
boweryboogie.comThere goes the neighborhood.The East Village isn't the only neighborhood being ravaged by disaster. On the Lower East Side yesterday, the ground literally opened up outside the Olympic Restaurant, at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets. Bowery Boogie reports that the sid ... More >>
ViaTwo fires hit the East Village in Tuesday's morning hours, the first around 4 a.m. at Second Avenue and East Fourth Street, with a second erupting at East Sixth Street and Avenue A around 7:30 a.m. Between the pair of blazes, eight injuries are being reported by the Local East Village, whi ... More >>
A rash of pit bull attacks on both dogs and humans at Tompkins Square Park has forced some East Village dog owners to take matters into their own hands, carrying "knives and other weapons" when they visit the dog run now, reports DNA Info. "Other weapons" include a varied assortment of possib ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Chiam Chinese Cuisine, known for its tasty dumplings, has shuttered after 19 years in operation in Midtown East. [Zagat Buzz] Orologio in the East Village appears to be on the chopping block. ... More >>
Community Board 3 has posted its December SLA meeting agenda, and it looks like the ground floor of the Bowery's Sunshine Hotel is moving closer to becoming yet another eating destination for the comfortable classes.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Cooper 35 Asian Pub, known for its $3 cocktails, will be torn down in the coming months to make room for a new Joe Sitt high-rise. [NYU News via Grub Street] CB Holding Corp. has filed for Cha ... More >>
Yesterday we mentioned that civilians seem to have kind of had it with crime. An East Village woman beat her attempted mugger up at an ATM; a Park Slope shopkeeper warded off his store's thief with a heavy-duty wastebasket. Now, take this group of stalwart Vancouver residents, including one ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bossa Nova Brazil in Hell's Kitchen has closed to make room for Flavor, which looks like it could be a martini bar. [Life with Food and Drink] Donald Sacks in Battery Park is closing do ... More >>
If, like us, you're wondering whether the East Village is degenerating into a crime-ridden slum of yesteryear, you may want avoid this report from EV Grieve about a botched ATM robbery at the Chase branch on Avenue A and 2nd Street. A reader tells the blog that the intended victim, a woman, " ... More >>
Following up on the story we mentioned earlier of an attempted kidnapping in the East Village...police have released surveillance video and a photo of the man who picked up a four-year-old boy at 6th Street between A and B yesterday and attempted to walk away. The boy's nanny screamed and gra ... More >>
In today's East Village street crime round-up: A string of wanton mayhem and violence over the past two days, including a drug-related shooting that left three injured, a stabbing that left one dead, and a cell phone robbery that left one perp in tears. The '70s are back, baby. Well, not exac ... More >>
ThrillistPainstakingly curated food shops selling market-driven vittles and a steadfastly American artisanal aesthetic are a phenomenon that has been thus far restricted largely to certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Until about one hour ago, that is. That's when the Northern Spy Food Co. open ... More >>
Vegetarian delights often include TVP at East Village eatery