Tonight marks the biggest bar night of the year, and what better way to celebrate then by posting up for some cheap drinks. Since you'll be catching up with friends -- or perhaps trying to make new ones -- here's a look at a few places bound to be dishing out bar specials for your amusing pleasure.
Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. Although the Standard East Village' ... More >>
Last week, we spoke with Danny Mena about Sembrado, the Mexico City-style taqueria he just opened in the East Village, where he's serving a variety of grilled meat tacos plus tacos al pastor, carving pork from a slowly rotating spit. The bar specializes in mezcal, available in both cocktails and tas ... More >>
Just before 7 this morning, a car coming down 2nd Avenue crashed into an East Village bodega at East 4th Street. Eight people were injured, three of whom were employees of the store. A man claiming to be the owner of the business declined comment.
The East Village outlet of homegrown mini-chain South Brooklyn Pizza looks like little more than a run-of-the-mill slice joint, though it turns out worthy versions of New York-style takeaway pies that layer tangy crushed tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella on crusts as thin and crisp as a cracker. Whe ... More >>
Six years ago, I wanted to go outside my own ego and improve the lives of children (as well as myself), so I volunteered to help kids with their homework at a multiracial East Village public school as an after-school woman presided. I have a bit of a childish quality myself, and thought I could rel ... More >>
There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York. Some deal in chewy gluten strips and meat facsimiles, others turn out raw foods and seed pastes, but there are plenty of places where you don't need to be a devotee to enjoy the food. Go for a meatless meal at these restaurants for a ... More >>
An Asian-Creole mash-up at a new dive in the East Village
Robert Sietsema visits Nicoletta in hopes that chef Michael White had made amends to all of the negative press: "I took another bite of that disappointing crust, and my mind went back to college: It tasted like the Tombstone frozen pizzas once served in Wisconsin bars and warmed in lightbulb cabinet ... More >>
Dish #36 in our countdown is found on the menu of this long-running East Village restaurant. 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: E-Sarn ... More >>
The futomaki at Ootoya comes disguised like a birthday present. [See More Featured: 10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York | 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC] Futomaki is a type of sushi that looks like a regular maki roll blown up with a bicycle pump, but still retaining its perfect cylindrical conf ... More >>
[See Where Else I Ate: Gastro Bar @ 35th | Le Bernardin | Mari Vanna] This was a easy one. I was eating at Momofuku Noodle Bar over in the East Village. Congrats to mcd1 who guessed it right. We booked the reservation a month in advance for their $100 fried chicken dinner. It came with two whole ... More >>
When I first started apartment hunting in New York, a dear friend warned me that it wasn't possible to find a place in Manhattan with cheap rent, decent closet space, and privacy. (He was right. I moved to Brooklyn.) Everyone who lives in this city has had a similar experience, and many of them hav ... More >>
Nicky Da B puts the bounce in Brooklyn
As usual, I do the partying so you don't have to. And here's what's been going on in after-midnight-land lately: *On Top!, the Tuesday night rooftop party at the Standard, put on by Ms. Susanne Bartsch, is back and has had to face a run of bad weather, plus some new competition (parties like the ... More >>
I love restaurant hopping. Whenever a friend visits from Los Angeles, I'll take them on an extensive eating tour of the East Village where we'll eat at four to five restaurants consecutively without stopping. My only condition: we can only order one dish between the two of us to share. By the end ... More >>
Fork in the Road headed to Kung Fu Tea in the East Village yesterday for a taste of their bubble milk tea ($3). Our verdict: compared to its East Village bubble tea counterparts, Kung Fu reigns superior. The shop is owned by Taiwanese management and unlike neighboring Taiwanese joints T-Kettle and ... More >>
Canadian organic buckwheat soba, from SobaKoh There's no doubt the Age of Ramen is upon us. You can get ramen noodles on nearly any block in some neighborhoods, including at least a dozen places in the East Village alone, where you can pay up to $20 for a bowl with a choice of myriad toppings and ... More >>
Oily all over, white and fluffy on the inside -- deep-fried mantous are hard to come by in the East Village. This was in the appetizer section of Hot Kitchen and disguised under the label "fried little buns." Now with the exception of their American-Chinese food (stay far away from that section), Ho ... More >>
You don't have to go far to get your hands on straight-from-Louisiana crawfish. It's the second week of The Redhead's annual crawfish boil. Every Sunday until May 13th, $30 will get you two pounds of crawfish, sausage, corn, potato, and artichoke. There will also be New Orleans' Abita Beers on tap.
San Matteo Pizza and Espresso Bar's East Village spin-off, which opened last month, specializes in a relatively new addition to the takeout-pizza canon -- the panuozzo. These sandwiches use pieces of pizza dough baked in the Neapolitan style and lightly swiped with tomato sauce as bread to house hea ... More >>
Andrew W.K. gets Webster Hall wet
These chicken chile guajillo enchiladas at Downtown Bakery are every bit as good -- and spicy -- as they look. The East Village may be the city's most eclectic and rewarding dining destination, though this aspect of the neighborhood is sometimes eclipsed by its bars and cocktail lounges. You can d ... More >>
For today's installment of Let's Catch These Creeps, we bring you the East Village slashers, who police say "slashed" two people on 14th Street last week.The New York Police Department says that about 6 a.m. Saturday, the two suspects were seen arguing with two other men in front of a building at ... 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.
Robert Sietsema wanders around the Chinatown Arcade and samples some Chinese-fusion café fare at Coluck: "Well, they'll feed you cheaply and copiously with foods that seem like a merging of neighborhood Chinese and the cooking of a culinarily challenged English mom who, strapped for time, pulls a b ... More >>
The East Village's Famous Original Ray's Pizza has been shut down. [EV Grieve]Williamsburg restaurant Masten Lake has closed its doors for good. [Eater]
Photo courtesy Hong ThaimeeWho says you can't have a tasty fruit salad in winter?Hong Thaimee, the chef and owner of Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424), is looking to extend the reach of Thai cuisine into the homes of New Yorkers by offering a series of monthly cooking classes at her East V ... More >>
From our East Village blogger pal EV Grieve comes this bike video created by a branding company called Red Peak, which "conducted a unique urban experiment for Hudson Urban Bicycles." Basically, they chained a bike tricked out with bells, whistles, and other steal-worthy accoutrement (sa-weet water ... More >>
Note that E.V. on the sign stands for "Extra Virgin," not "East Village." What's cloudy and pine-tree green? Olio Verde Novello, sometimes called New Olive Oil or Green Olive Oil.
Tyler Kord, of No. 7 and the eponymous sub shop, has announced that he's opening a new location of his sandwich store -- in Greenpoint. [Eater]
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. A second location of cheesesteak purveyor Shorty's has opened in Murray Hill. It also features an extensive beer selection. [Zagat Buzz] Smith Street has yet another n ... More >>
A food truck festival has been canceled in Boston this weekend due to the Occupy Boston protest downtown. [Boston Herald] A blogger for Politico went to 25 restaurants frequented by Michelle Obama to "have what she's having" and discovered the First Lady likes vegetables and dirty martinis. ... More >>
The East Village tastes a little more like North Carolina
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Hollis Famous Burgers, in Jamaica, appears to be closed. The website is down, and the phone line disconnected. [Grub Street] Ci ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Southernish restaurant South Houston on West Broadway near Grand Street has closed after little more than a year in business. [Eater] Pick-a-Pita has served its last its french fry-stuffed shw ... More >>
girlintheburg.comAlmost a year after Community Board 3 denied him a license for his planned cocktail bar/restaurant/fishmonger on Avenue A, Keith Masco is instead planning to open a Manhattan location of B.A.D. Burger, his 24-hour diner in South Williamsburg.
sickfacebook.comThis is what Community Board 3 warned you about.Over the weekend, The New York Post thoughtfully made official what most people already knew: the East Village is home to many, many bars.
In this era of skyrocketing food prices, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey contends that food is still far cheaper than it was a century ago and we should be spending more on what we eat. [MarketWatch] Smoke, paprika, ricotta, duck fat, pintxos, meatballs, oysters, low-brow chicken, pop-up restaur ... More >>
Just add vodka. The bar was a dimly lit, East Village dive, a sticky-tabled joint that always smelled like dried piss and sour mops. You know this place: the former punk mecca now frequented by fresh 21-year-olds who want nothing more than to chug cheap booze and waste their parents' money wi ... More >>
Spotted earlier today on Second Avenue: King Gyro, the falafel-pizza-gyro-kebabs hub that first announced its intentions to the neighborhood last fall, has shed the paper in its windows in favor of colorful flags. Looks to be open; time will tell how it stacks up to East Village Pizza & Kebab ... More >>
White Zombie had rules. One: no solo albums under their own names. So Sean Yseult -- the bassist in the NYC punk-metal monolith, led by growling frontman Rob Zombie, that slowly evolved from mid-'80s CBGBs punks to the '90s alterna-metal titans of "Thunder Kiss '65" and "More Human Than Human ... More >>
Luke's Lobster is expanding again, this time in a northwesterly direction: per Diner's Journal, the shop is moving to a prime location at 426 Amsterdam Avenue at West 80th Street. As with their East Village location, they'll be a handful of blocks from fellow crustacean-pusher Mermaid Inn, an ... More >>
Nothing about this says 'Mars' or 'bar.'First, Max Fish. Then, the Pink Pony. Today, the shit hits the fan once again, this time courtesy of the news that the Mars Bar that we know and love is most likely going to be obliterated in the next couple of years.
Nick Morgenstern is no longer at the General Greene in Fort Greene. The chef has moved on to the East Village to open Goat Town. [Grub Street] The chef situation at Villa Pacri is still "in flux." Fabio Trabocchi is consulting until January, with Giuliano Matarese of La Gazzetta downstairs ... More >>
Another Tuesday afternoon, another set of arbitrary, terrifying, and dangerous explosions in New York City to reaffirm that you basically live in a Michael Bay movie waiting to happen here in the five boroughs. Today? The East Village and Park Slope get hit.
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