Our 10 Best Things to Eat on St. Marks Place in the East Village, NYC

Our 10 Best Things to Eat on St. Marks Place in the East Village, NYC

Like the sign says: New York's Best Egg Cream.

St. Marks Place is only three blocks long, but packs an astonishing 63 places to eat along its truncated and colorful length, some of them nearly invisible. It constitutes one of the city's foremost tourist destinations for the under-40 crowd, those adventuresome enough to leave Times Square and the Statue of Liberty far behind.

The atmosphere changes block by block: Just east of Third Avenue, it's a mad clash of tourists and locals -- the former wandering aimlessly and nearly getting run over, the latter just trying to forge ahead through the crowds, while vendors hawk wonky hats, and cabs and trucks mired in traffic honk furiously. The next block going east is more bucolic, and here the restaurants are so laid-back that you might actually want to sit outside, while the final block is a gateway to Tompkins Square and its own louche catalog of delights.

We spent a week sampling the various dining opportunities along the three-block stretch, and have come up with the following list of the most desirable dishes, the crème de la crème of St. Marks eats. We hope you try them all and agree with us -- but if not, please let us know.

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