East Village

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    June 6, 2012

    Boukies: 5 To-Die-For Dishes

    1. The spanakopita are configured as right triangles, and strewn with microgreens. Today, Counter Culture arrives by trireme (Odysseus' type of ship) at Boukies, a Greek tapas bar in the East Village. While I didn't like everything there, a handful of dishes were outstanding, and worth voyaging al ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Howl! Festival Swoops Into East Village This Weekend

    The weekend gathering celebrates the seminal poem with readings, art, dance, and more.

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    May 29, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? TKettle

    That was impressive. I was eating the bubble waffle at TKettle, a Taiwanese dessert joint in the East Village.

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    May 18, 2012

    Say Goodbye To Friend House, Nuela

    ​​It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Amid a bankruptcy filing, lawsuits, and mounting debt, Friend House in the East Village has shuttered. [The Local East Village] Nuela (43 West 24th Street) is not coming back and in its ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? The Toucan and the Lion

    This round was over in a flash. I was eating one of the best dishes on the impressive menu at The Toucan and the Lion in the East Village: duck confit mofongo in a salsa verde sauce with a fried egg on top.

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    April 18, 2012

    JoeDough's Stoner's Delight is $4.20 on 4/20 at 4:20

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2012

    Black Bloc And Bottles Led NYPD To Close Tompkins Square Last Night

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2012

    Lakeside Lounge, the Alphabet City Hangout, To Close

    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 >>

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    March 16, 2012

    SOTC March Madness: Philip Glass (4) And The Fugs (13) Have It Out Downtown

    ​The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—finishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    Cops to Crack Down on East Village Drunks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Say Hello to Another Fonda, Mission Chinese Food

    ​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]

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Happy Hour at Virage

    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).

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    January 12, 2012

    Year of the Takeout: Day 11

    Peach Tofu from Plump Dumpling (174 Second Avenue, 212-254-2868)

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    January 6, 2012

    Japadog on St. Marks: A First Glimpse

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Avocados: More Than Guac in NYC Restaurants

    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 >>

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    December 6, 2011

    London's Name For Its 2012 Olympic Village: 'East Village'

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Stoners, Rejoice! Doritos-Free Dining at JoeDough

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Andre Balazs' Vision For The Standard East Village Doesn't Include Shepard Fairey

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2011

    Cooper Square Hotel is Now The Standard, East Village; Go About Your Business

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Quantum Leap Has Fallen

    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 >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Aquavit: Let's Cocktail Like the Scandinavians

    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 ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    October's 45 Openings and 25 Closings: A (More or Less) Comprehensive List

    ​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.

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    October 27, 2011

    The East Village Is Getting Cheesier. Literally. / FlickrSay cheese​Taureau 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.

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    October 13, 2011

    What Does East Village Resistance to Occupy Tompkins Square Park Mean for the East Village?

    John Penley, by Paul DeRienzo​For 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 >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Saxon Parole, Goodbye to Stuffed Artisan Cannolis

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Porchetta at Di Palo's, Dish No. 18

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Save the St. Marks Bookshop Has 27,000 Signatures...But Can a Petition Save St. Marks Bookshop?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Three Times More Drunks Are Driving Around the East Village

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Life Café (Birthplace of Rent) Shutters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    A Goodly Gallery of Garden Herbs

    ​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 >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to The Cardinal, Goodbye to Bar Carrera

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    With Veloce Gone, There Are Now Only 43 Pizza Places in the East Village

    Veloce Pizzeria​Yesterday, 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 >>

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    August 17, 2011

    How Much More Pizza Does the East Village Really Need?

    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.

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    August 16, 2011

    Asian Grocery Explosion! M2M Expanding to Waverly Place

    GowallaComing soon to Waverly Place​Seems 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.

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    August 11, 2011

    David Chang Is Fishing and Christina Tosi Is Partial to Crif Dogs' Cheesy Waffle Fries

    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.

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    August 5, 2011

    Nublu Has A NuHome For A While

    ​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 >>

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    August 4, 2011

    BMW Guggenheim Lab Will Highlight East Village History

    Esther Zuckerman​Even 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 >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Michael Greif, Director, and Angela Wendt, Costume Designer, Revisit Rent

    Joan Marcus​Since 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 >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Silver Lining, Goodbye to Asia de Cuba

    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 >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Cheap and Filling Veggie Fare at Aussie-Inspired Tuck Shop

    ​ 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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Ray Deter, Bar Owner, Hit While Biking On Canal Street

    Facebook​Ray 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 >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Porn Shop to Become Gastropub; Long Lines Form Outside Num Pang

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2011

    The East Village Is NYC's Most Popular 'Date Spot'

    ​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 >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Exit 9, East Village Gift Shop, to Re-Open in Urban Roots Space

    ​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 >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef

    Lauren Shockey​Well, 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.

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    June 17, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Williamsburg Bistro The Morgane, Goodbye to Klee Brasserie

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2011

    Mars Bar To Be Torn Down in August

    ​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 >>

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    May 31, 2011

    East Village 'Will You Marry Me?' Mural: The Time Lapse Video

    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 >>

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