East Village

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    October 23, 2014

    Gansevoort Market Puts Pizza, Tacos, and Lobster Rolls Under One Roof

    With Chelsea Market approaching capacity, outer-borough fixtures and Smorgasburg vendors seeking their places in the High Line's shadow have had to look elsewhere. Enter Gansevoort Market (52 Gansevoort Street; 212-242-1701), which opened last week in an 8,000-square-foot warehouse once home to a 19 ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Three Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    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: whole hog barbeque in Bushwick, Acadian food in the East Village, and a casual French spot in Brooklyn.

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    July 2, 2014

    A Taste of What You Should Order at The Black Ant

    It was early May when The Black Ant (60 Second Avenue, 212-598-0300), a contemporary Mexican restaurant in the East Village, soft-opened its doors to a select few. There was a sturdy doorman dressed in black consulting a clipboard of names, an actual velvet rope, a truncated red carpet, and one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Drink Cheaply and Eat $1 Clams: This Week's Cheap Drinks Round-Up

    Beer. Wine. Shots. Whatever your pleasure, toast the end of February -- and the eventual end of the polar vortex -- at these cost-conscious watering holes.

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    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Tacos Morelos: Cheap Vegetarian Food on the Corner

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Find the Tlacoyo, a Mexican Antojito, at Tacos Morelos

    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.

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    June 19, 2013

    Car Crashes Into East Village Shop, Puts 8 in Hospital (UPDATED)

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    GoogaMooga Countdown: Watch Northern Spy Food Co. and Landhaus Prep on Food.Curated

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    10 Best Restaurants for Vegetarian Food in New York (Even if You're Not a Vegetarian!), 2013 Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Olive Oil on Tap at Le Midi; Not Everything's Awful at Bill's Food and Drink

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Croissanteria and Table Verte Open in East Village

    Over the weekend, the East Village got a heaping pile of Parisian flair. Two new French spots opened for business near Tompkins Square Park.

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    October 3, 2012

    Porchetta's Pressed Chicken Sandwich

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Oldest Japanese Restaurant in the East Village?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Chili Crab Dip With Mantou From Masak, Dish #71

    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]

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2012

    Say Hello To Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, Bugs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Sao Mai; Tejal Rao at Prima

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012


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    April 27, 2012

    The Redhead Crawfish Boil: $30 for Two Pounds of Crawfish

    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.

  • 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 13, 2012

    This Week's Specials: 5 Favorite Margaritas, Hot Dog Pies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    This Week's Specials: East Village Eats, Tea Houses

    See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week:

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    February 29, 2012

    Behold, the Banh Mi Taco

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Olio Verde Novello (Green Olive Oil) at Buon Italia, Gift Suggestion #9

    ​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.

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    November 15, 2011

    Victim in Sunday's Attempted East Village Rape Speaks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Olek Crochets a London Cab

    Olek​If you thought that crocheted Astor Place cube was cute, you will love crochet artist Olek's handiwork on a London cab. She's traveling, and tells us, "I am from Silesia, Poland. Very industrial, gray, ugly city. Kazimierz Kutz, a film director from the same region, said that you must lea ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 2, 2011

    Chuko, Tabata, and Ramen Misoya: Let's Go Bowling

    A slurp through three new ramen joints

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Say Hello to Sauce, Battersby, Loi

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 12, 2011

    The Cardinal: NYC Tar Heels Get Happy

    The East Village tastes a little more like North Carolina

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    An Attempt to Recreate Pigs in Blankets at the New East Village IHOP

    ​The raw materials When I was a kid in Minneapolis, a visit to IHOP (or its feuding competitor, Perkins Pancake House) was a rare and much-to-be anticipated occasion, and one of the very few meals eaten outside of the house or the confines of the backyard. When my twin brothers and I got the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Café de la Esquina at Wythe Diner, Goodbye to Double Crown

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Double Crown, on the Bowery, will close its doors this month and reopen as Saxon & Parole. The adjoining gin joint, Madam Geneva, will remain intact. [Diner's Journal] Harry Boland's Pub, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Peeing Man Flees Police in Greenwich Village

    via​First 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Betto, Goodbye to South Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pepsi Peddles Nutrition in India; ConAgra Sued Over 'Natural' Oils Labels

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Realistic Hamburger Hat and Seven Other Useless Gifts Aimed at Foodies

    ​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 >>

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    May 31, 2011

    'NYPD Rapists' Plastered Around East Village

    via​Though 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Counter Is Still Hanging on to Life, Seitan Burgers

    Photo courtesy of Counter​The 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 >>

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    March 17, 2011

    East Village Penthouses Are Connected by a Slide, Because Of Course They Are

    via​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    A Greedy Cocktail Waitress Salutes Valentine's Day!

    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 >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Jimmy McMillan Wants to Get Rid of Bike Lanes Because "Idiots Are Getting Run Over"

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 19, 2011
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    January 14, 2011

    Mercadito Cantina to Become an Event Space​East Village taqueria standby Mercadito Cantina (172 Avenue B, 212-388-1750) will be shuttering its doors at the end of the month and will turn into an event space. Per Mercadito's rep, the space will be utilized for "innovative cooking demonstrations by Chef Sandoval, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Ciano; Goodbye to Donald Sacks

    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 >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Tuesday Afternoon Explosions: Things Blowing Up in East Village and Park Slope

    ​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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    November 10, 2009

    Northern Spy Food Co. Has Opened Its Artisanally Inspired Doors

    Thrillist​Painstakingly 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 >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Suck It, Hipsters: Bidens Party in East Village

    OK, the East Village is officially over: now the Bidens are hanging out there. On Saturday night the Second Family held a surprise 40th birthday party for Kathleen Biden, wife of Joe Biden's youngest son Hunter, at the Elephant on East 1st Street. The Thai joint's Adria Jover Sala tells us the Biden ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    Closing Bell

    Fire at Steiner Studios building at Brooklyn Navy Yard -- hot by noon, out by 2. East Village developer/ despoiler Ben Shaoul harasses tenants out of his buildings with bizarre, off-hours construction, reports E.V. Grieve and Curbed. The preemie delivered by Caesarian after his traffic-agent moth ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2007

    Tonguing the Devil

    East Village Japanese offers unusual home-style delicacies

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    July 13, 1999
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