Supposedly a police code for a marijuana bust, the aptly named 4/20 is celebrated by High Times subscribers nationwide. The pinnacle of the day? 4:20 p.m. That's when things go crazy (or so they say). Getting into the spirit of things this year is East Village sandwich shop JoeDough where the outs ... More >>
The heat must be getting to a few peoples' heads. At around 9pm last night, a loose pack of around 50 to 60 protestors took to the streets, looting and vandalizing storefronts and property in the East Village. Their targets: the windows of the Starbucks on Astor and the newly opened 7/11 on St. ... More >>
The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good at the end of this month. And, like its other friends in the ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
The legendary wall of bowls in the bar at Ippudo. Will the ramen palace retain its high ranking? It's been over two years since Fork in the Road did a 10 Best for the East Village. The dining scene has really changed in the interim, as new places have opened and the fortunes of old places risen an ... More >>
Boozers and bars are just ruining the East Village, neighborhood residents claim. So the NYPD Ninth Precinct, which patrols the area, will deploy eight to 10 additional cops in the next month to combat "nightlife-related problems," according to DNAinfo. The team will be sent out during the eveni ... More >>
Roberto Santibañez is establishing another Fonda restaurant in the East Village. The grand opening is set for February 21. [Diner's Journal]Empellón Cocina, the sister restaurant of the West Village's Empellón Taqueria, opened last week in the East Village. [Eater]
Sometimes, after a hard day's work, you want to hit a dank and dirty bar. Other times, you want something a little more relaxed -- perhaps with some small plates or a hearty main here or there. If you are in the mood for the latter, consider Virage (118 Second Avenue, 212-253-0425).
Peach Tofu from Plump Dumpling (174 Second Avenue, 212-254-2868)
Why does my East Village hot dog look like an abstract painting? Twenty-four hours ago, Japadog - a Vancouver hot doggery with one store and four carts - opened its first American outlet on St. Marks between Third and Second avenues. It specializes in sausages (not just hot dogs!) dressed ... More >>
Yerba Buena's avocado fries If you travel to Mexico, you'll find that avocados are served practically everywhere -- most frequently simply sliced and salted as a side dish. Unless you head to a restaurant specializing in avocado dishes, you won't find the fruit blended into smoothies spiked w ... More >>
London2012.comArtists rendering of London's Olympic Village.A new East Village is about to spring up all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. London is hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics and they're naming their Olympic Village the "East Village," somewhat unimaginatively. East Village 2.0 will h ... More >>
Say you find yourself wandering the East Village with the munchies. (Of course, you would never, ever do this, because you are a responsible adult, who knows that pot will obviously make you jump out of buildings, talk to dogs, and run naked through the streets. Besides, drugs are bad, mmkay.) ... More >>
Shepard Fairey's mural on East Fifth and Cooper Square has been taken down, the Local: East Village reported yesterday. It was that one of a monk on the side of the Cooper Square Hotel, recently renamed the Standard East Village by new owner Andre Balazs. The mural had been on the side of the buildi ... More >>
The Cooper Square Hotel is dead, long live The Standard, East Village. The 21-story glass and steel tower across the street from our offices has been bought by Standard Hotels. As part of this monumental change, the hotel will now be called "The Standard, East Village." What's in a name? That which ... More >>
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Here are some of the dogs who got eaten this week. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Quantum Leap, a staple of vegetarian cuisine in the East Village, has served its last meal. The management reported that rent had become too exp ... More >>
Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a micro-level...in ... More >>
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
Foodiesathome.com / FlickrSay cheeseTaureau might be holding down the fort as the East Village's go-to fondue spot, but it'll be getting some competition from Casimir, the cozy French bistro, which is turning its Moroccan lounge into an annex serving all kinds of foods for dipping.
John Penley, by Paul DeRienzoFor about a week now, there have been plans to occupy Tompkins Square Park, led largely by East Villager John Penley, who has a Facebook page set up for the event, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday with a noontime picnic. In the wake of last night's announc ... More >>
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. The Porch appears to be giving up its space in the East Village. A source says that an Indian restaurant will move in. [EV Grieve]̴ ... More >>
There's a certain place in the East Village that offers porchetta sandwiches so warm and succulent that everyone knows about it. Porchetta, as you probably know, is a rolled pork roast stuffed with garlic, fresh herbs, and fennel, with the skin wrapped tightly around it so the juices stay in ... More >>
The St. Marks Bookshop, a lovely place very near Voice headquarters, surrounded by several other lovely places (and some less lovely) that have changed numerous times since we were college students staying at an NYU dorm for the summer, has managed to hang on -- since 1977, albeit in a few di ... More >>
According to the Crime & Safety study recently released by DNA Info, drunk driving arrests in the East Village nearly tripled last year, with 141.4 percent more arrested (140 incidents) in the 9th Precinct than the year before. Damningly, each year there's been a greater increase -- since 200 ... More >>
Life CafeLife Café, now lifeless A bit of sad news for East Village residents. Yesterday evening, Kathy Kirkpatrick shuttered her longstanding Life Café "until further notice." According to a note posted on her website, building repairs that were supposed to be completed a year ago need to ... More >>
Sage -- This herb gives savory flavor to sausages and stuffings, either by itself or in combination with other herbs. To amaze your friends at dinner parties, pick a handful of the thick, fleshy leaves and fry them to crispness in olive oil, then sprinkle them with sea salt. Much better than ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Williamsburg coffee shop and live jazz spot, Blackbird Parlor, has been closed and the phone disconnected. A Starbucks might be moving in. [Eater] Fay Da Bakery, in Midtown, is no longer shari ... More >>
Veloce PizzeriaYesterday, we noted that the East Village is home to 44 restaurants that serve pizza. But now it's 43: after EV Grieve noticed that Veloce had posted a "closed for renovations" sign in its window, Grub Street called the restaurant and learned that it "will be relocating to midt ... More >>
L'asso NYCBeating a path to First Avenue.Earlier today, word went round that L'asso, the Mott Street pizzeria that prides itself on serving D.O.C.-certified pies, will be opening a location on First Avenue this fall.
GowallaComing soon to Waverly PlaceSeems like the East Village isn't big enough for M2M, the Asian supermarket and cafe located on Third Avenue, and which also has a branch in Morningside Heights. It'll soon expand to Greenwich Village, setting up shop at 19 Waverly Place.
A man and his trout.It's been relatively quiet on the David Chang front since he took the opportunity to extol the virtues of traveling first class and angrily defended his right to sell $5 bottles of Mexican Coke.
Earlier this week the people behind the genre-spanning East Village club Nublu announced on the club's Facebook Wall that the problems with the Avenue C space's liquor license that cropped up suddenly last month were still giving them headaches. What to do? Take the party elsewhere: "we're pa ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanEven as the BMW Guggenheim Lab stands as another example of the gentrification of the East Village -- rats, rather than artistic types, used to be the dominant guests in the once vacant lot owned by the Parks Department that stretches between East First and Houston Streets -- ... More >>
Joan MarcusSince 1996, the musical Rent has entered the musical theater pantheon, won a Pulitzer, and been praised, parodied, and panned (when it made its way to the screen). Now, three years after the show closed its Broadway run after 12 years in 2008, a revival is in previews at New World ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Asian fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba, in Morgans New York hotel, will close in October. The owners will replace it with a new concept. [Crains] Leske's, the last Scandinavian bakery in B ... More >>
This Aussie-inspired mini-chain is best known for its cheap and filling meat pies, hearty things perfect for a quick meal before or after a night of drinking in the East Village. Its vegetarian options are no less tasty (or cheap). Take the vegetarian chili. At only $6, it has a flavor and c ... More >>
FacebookRay Deter, the owner of East Village and Williamsburg bars d.b.a., was hit by a car on Canal Street yesterday evening. Deter, who was not wearing a helmet, was turning onto West Broadway at the time of the accident and is now in critical condition. His wife told the Daily News that do ... More >>
Peep World, the porn shop located near Madison Square Garden, is closing down to make way for a "very large gastropub." [Grub Street] Counter in the East Village is sticking around longer than expected because the restaurant that is supposed to replace it, an East Village outpost of Empellon, ... More >>
HowAboutWe, the online dating site based on what you want to do -- how about we wake up early and blog together? -- has pulled together information from the more than 100,000 dates posted on its site to determine the neighborhoods New Yorkers most frequently pick as date spots (at least, acco ... More >>
Last year we declared Exit 9, a quirky little gift shop in the East Village, as our favorite spot to buy whatever for whomever whenever we needed it. Thus, we were awfully sorry when we heard they were closing their East Village location at 64 Avenue A (their last day open was Father's Day). ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWell, this little piggy -- meaning me -- didn't have the roast beef, but I did head to the East Village sandwich shop named after the nursery rhyme. The pictured sandwich is, indeed, the "other thing" at This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef.
Soul Daddy, winner of the Bobby Flay-hosted America's Next Great Restaurant, is closing two of its three original locations, including the one in the South Street Seaport. [Eater] The former Cafe Centosette space in the East Village could be replaced with the ultimate corporate double-team: a combi ... More >>
Mars Bar, famously seedy dive and East Village institution, will be torn down in August. According to an article in Crain's New York, the 1920s building (which houses the bar and nine other tenants) will be demolished and a 12-story luxury high rise will be built in its place. The East Village is ... More >>
Over the weekend we had a chat with Jeff Gurwin, the guy behind the sweet East Village engagement mural on 2nd and Avenue A. Here's a time lapse of the making of the mural (with some shots of Jeff, in the plaid shirt, and his fiancée Caitlin, in the yellow skirt). Congrats, guys! The mural will be ... More >>
An area of the East Village bounded by East 2nd and East 7th streets between First Avenue and the Bowery, plus 10th Street on the north side of Tompkins Square Park, is being considered as a possible future East Village Historic District. Today, DNA Info reports that the area for possible lan ... More >>
mondoagogo/FlickrDrink up! (And maybe get some business done, too.)Helen J. Asks: I'm looking for a bar or restaurant in the East Village (between 4th Street and 10th Street, ideally) where I can have a meeting over drinks that's good, but not too loud or scene-y. Suggestions? Dear Helen: W ... More >>
EV GrieveAlthough EV Grieve is first and foremost a neighborhood blog dedicated to covering "things that you may or may not be interested in about the East Village and other parts of New York City," we turn to it on a daily basis for restaurant and bar news. In addition to chronicling the c ... More >>
The fate of 35 Cooper Square has seemed a done deal for a while now, and earlier today we got word from EV Grieve that crews might be on the scene tearing down the building. We investigated and found a couple of workmen on the roof, as well as a Caterpillar parked outside, along with a lot of ... More >>
The East Village isn't a neighborhood one would normally associate with Bible-thumping evangelical Christianity, but here we are. The Times has a feature on Trinity Grace Church, a "hip" church that just opened up a new branch in the godless, immoral wasteland of the East Village. Trinity Grace i ... More >>