Spring is definitely, at long last, in the air, which means your social schedule should be ramping up as your friends emerge from hibernation. Gather a crew for a cheap drink and food deal at one of this week's hand-picked happy hour spots.
Rent prices may be rising in this city, but for now, there are plenty of purveyors of cheap food that manage to hold on to leases, even in trendy lower Manhattan. That's lucky for us -- cheap eats joints are a well-ingrained part of our culinary fabric, and they comprise a full third of our roster o ... More >>
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.
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: Vegan Ethiopian hits Bushwick, an old steakhouse gets new life, and a new bar comes to the East Village.
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 >>
In case you live in a windowless box and haven't noticed, it's freezing cold and snowing outside -- so spending the weekend downing biscuits and gravy seems like a really strong plan right now. As does a batch mimosas. Or many batches of mimosas.
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 >>
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 >>
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
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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 >>
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.
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 >>
See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week:
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 >>
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 >>
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.
OlekIf 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 >>
A slurp through three new ramen joints
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
sheckysnightlife.comEast 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 >>
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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