East Village Eats

Honest & accurate restaurant and bar reviews from the East Village and surrounding areas.

Taste Of Seventh This Weekend

Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments

Taste of 7thLooks like it’s that time of year again!  Taste of Seventh is upon us & the organizers have upped the ante with seven of my favorite restaurants on East 7th street participating:

Taste of Seventh is a weekend food festival (March 8-9th) for those who love sampling a little bit of everything all on the same (best) block! Folks who live in the hood, those traveling from other hoods and those who just love to eat—this is the best reason to visit us this March.

Team 7th Street includes:

-Luke’s Lobster, an East Village OG since 2009 now with six NY stores, one truck and a Park Slope location on the way, serving a Maine-style, half lobster roll;

-Caracas Arepa Bar, straight from Venezuela with New York temperament, serving La Mamasita Arepa with grilled mushrooms, roasted corn, sweet plantains and the works;

-Porchetta, one of Time Out New York’s 100 Best Dishes, offering their miniature traditional Italian roast pork sandwich with aromatic, crispy skin;

-Wechsler’s Currywurst, a temple to German sausage, serving pork bratwurst with curry ketchup and fries;

-OaxacaTaqueria, celebrating a Mexican city rich in food culture, serving a mini burrito;

-Butter Lane, teaching the world how to bake perfect cupcakes, serving one of their six favorite cupcakes;

-Big Gay Ice Cream, the team that made old-fashioned soft-serve ice cream unique with glamorous toppings, serving the Apple Gobbler, a vanilla sundae with grahams, bourbon butterscotch, apple butter and whipped cream

At $25, this is an excellent opportunity to sample some great food.  Tickets Available HERE.
Check out my coverage of the 2011 event here.

Free Meat Pie From Tuck Shop

Posted on | February 28, 2014 | No Comments

Traditional Meat Pie @ Tuck Shop
The folks over at Tuck Shop are giving away a free savory pie (one per person) until March 2nd.  Go to their East Village shop, click on this link with your mobile device and show your server.  It’s a fairly easy process to get your hands on a delicious pie (I’m  big fan of the traditional beef pie).

Tuck Shop: 68 East 1st Street

NYC Beer Week

Posted on | February 22, 2014 | No Comments

NYC Beer WeekAs if Restaurant Week wasn’t enough to deal with, we have ten days of great beer events & specials going on all over the city.  Hosted by the New York City Brewers Guild, this is an excellent opportunity to support local beer.

the 6th Annual New York City Beer Week will bring together all 16 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with hundreds of events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year.

East Village (*and surrounding areas) participants include:

5 Napkin Burger*: 150 East 14th Street

Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen: 87 2nd Avenue

Good Beer: 422 East 9th Street

Hearth: 403 East 12th Street

Jimmy’s No. 43: 43 East 7th Street

Paulaner-Brauhaus NYC*: 265 Bowery

Proletariat: 102 St Marks Pl

Swift Hibernian Lounge: 34 East 4th Street

Terroir: 413 East 12th Street

Interactive map with all participants here.  Further information on Beer Week here.

Restaurant Week

Posted on | February 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Restaurant WeekOk, it might have started a few days ago & I’m obviously playing catch up, but there are some great dining options in the East Village for this year’s Restaurant Week.  For those who aren’t familiar (Really?  Been by a bus stop lately?), this is an annual event that gives us regular folk a chance to get three courses at some of the city’s best restaurants at a reasonable price.

Restaurant WeekObviously, the East Village is no slouch in the food department & there are some great options this year:

Apiary (American New): 60 Third Avenue

DBGB Kitchen & Bar (French): 299 Bowery

Empellón Cocina (Mexican): 105 First Avenue

Fonda (Mexican): 40 Avenue B

Goat Town (American New, coverage): 511 East 5th Street

Yerba Buena (Pan-Latin): 23 Avenue A

While these are the restaurants listed within the East Village, we all know that there are no set boundaries, so don’t forget: Preserve 24, Indochine and plenty of other restaurants in the Lower East Side & surrounding areas.

Check out NYC Go for all participating restaurants.

Jeepney Joins The Bottomless Brunch Crowd

Posted on | February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Jeepney Bottomless BrunchFilipino gastropub, Jeepney, has introduced a bottomless brunch on weekends 2 hours of booze and an entree for $29.  I’m  big fan of Jeepney (as well as it’s sister restaurant, Maharlika) and I do love to get drunk, so this is a nice addition.

It seems like a lot of East Village restaurants are offering bottomless brunch options: Idle Hands, Poco & Virage are but a few.  There’s a pretty decent Yelp list here.

Jeepney: 201 1st Avenue at 12th street.

ANTI-Valentine’s Day At Caio For Now

Posted on | February 12, 2014 | No Comments

Caio For NowSick of seeing happy couples on Valentine’s Day?  Well so are the folks at Caio For Now.  The East Village bakery & cafe will be hosting an ANTI-Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday. $41 per “poor-single-bastard” will get you a 3-course meal.

Give that special someone in your life a box of freshly baked Sweethearts® cakes with personalized messages. Each gift box is comprised of 4 mini, heart-shaped, layered, buttercream cakes including: Chocolate Ganache, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Raspberry Swirl with Chambord Buttercream, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Enjoy the many perks of singlehood alongside friends by indulging in a delicious Anti-Valentine’s Day themed dinner menu followed by complimentary chair massages, palm readings and broken-hearted cookies.

With entrees such as (He was such a) Coq Au Vin & Hang-Her Steak, how can you go wrong?  Check out the menu below.

Caio For Now: 523 East 12th Street btwn Ave. A & B.

“Dinner in a Bakery” at Zucker Bakery

Posted on | February 12, 2014 | No Comments

Zucker BakeryZucker Bakery will be offering 3 course meals every Friday night (6:30-11pm).  The bakery has teamed up with the guys at Professor Radish and will offer 3 courses for $45.  Popular dishes include the Roasted Radish Salad and the “Spaghetti & Meatballs”; the meatballs are made with walnuts (even carnivores are fooled) and the spaghetti is made from squash.  The bakery is rather small so reservations are recommended (404.281.3606), but walk-ins are accepted.  The meal is BYOB ($5 corkage fee).

There is also a special 6 course menu for Valentine’s Day.

Zucker Bakery Valentines's Day

Zucker Bakery: 433 East 9th Street

Yuji Ramen (Closed)

Posted on | February 9, 2014 | No Comments

Yuji Ramen SpecialsA friend had been telling me about this place for a while —  I rarely shop at Whole Foods & had never been to the food court upstairs, but it seems that I have been missing out on a whole lot. Started as a pop-up in the back of a brooklyn bar, Yuji has been pushing the boundaries of ramen with experimental flavors for nearly two years.  They specialize in Mazeman which is just like your typical ramen, minus the broth, but they do have a Shoyu option for traditionalists.

The regular mazeman menu includes Salmon & Cheese (not so sure about this, but it’s probably delicious), Bacon & Egg and Miso Roasted Vegetable.  Once I saw the Uni (Sea Urchin) Miso, it was a no-brainer.
Uni Miso Mazeman @ Yuji RamenHonestly, I could eat sea urchin all day long, every day of the week.  Some people aren’t into the texture, but I can’t get enough of the stuff.  I was really impressed by the dish; This is my first mazeman & I had worried that it would be too dry, but the creaminess of the sea urchin was perfect.  My only real gripe with the dish was the bowl it was served in.  I’m a notoriously slow eater, so towards the end of my meal, the noodles were sticking to the cardboard (not sure what else to call them) bowls.  Probably not a problem for people who eat at normal speed.

If you’re looking for a massive, filling meal (which is normally the case with ramen), this isn’t the place for you.  The portion sizes are rather small & the lack of broth (if you order the mazeman) might leave you a bit peckish.  From a flavor perspective, Yuji Ramen totally gets my seal of approval, I’ll be going back to get the Bacon & Egg mazeman.

Yuji Ramen: 95 East Houston Street, 2nd floor mezzanine
Yuji Ramen on Urbanspoon

Idle Hands Launches All You Can Drink Brunch

Posted on | February 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

Idle Hands BrunchIdle Hands began serving brunch today with an all you can drink option priced at $25.  From Noon to 4pm on weekends they’ve expanded the normal menu of burgers & wings to include tacos, pasta, eggs & other breakfast items.  The AYCD option include two hours of unlimited beer & cocktails.

Idle Hands: 25 Avenue B between 2nd & 3rd Sts.
Further coverage here.

Food News

Posted on | February 8, 2014 | No Comments

Brooklyn Piggies
Brooklyn Piggies opens on Avenue A. EVGrieve

‘Inoteca needs help getting rid of 1,300 bottles of wine. The Braiser

7A Closes. Grub Street

Ray (of Ray’s Candy Store) turns 81. EVGrieve

15% off at S’MAC for twitter followers ends tomorrow.

Essex Street Market to hold tasting event. Bowery Boogie

Bar Food Blowout hosted by the Maharlika/Jeepney crew. Eater

Ryan Sutton gives Contra 2.5 stars. Bloomberg

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