Guidebook for New York

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Guidebook for New York

Parks & Nature
Tompkins Square Park, btwn 7th St, 10th St, Ave A, and Ave B. Not much to see, but a nice park nonetheless and historically significant for its long reputation of political demonstrations and radical thought. The Grateful Dead played their first East Coast show here in 1967, and the first Hare Krishna gathering outside of India took place here in 1965. The park has a curfew — it closes at midnight.
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Tompkins Square Park
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Tompkins Square Park, btwn 7th St, 10th St, Ave A, and Ave B. Not much to see, but a nice park nonetheless and historically significant for its long reputation of political demonstrations and radical thought. The Grateful Dead played their first East Coast show here in 1967, and the first Hare Krishna gathering outside of India took place here in 1965. The park has a curfew — it closes at midnight.
The East Village is home to the greatest concentration of community gardens in the United States, all of which were hard-won by activists. It’s impossible to fully take in the vibe of the East Village without visiting a few of them. Many have innovative art by local artists; some of the cuter ones have kitschy gnomes or Buddhas hidden among vegetable patches. Our favorite garden, though, is devoid of these. Parque de Tranquilidad is exactly what its name suggests, a place of total tranquility that seems removed even from the East Village in the totality of nature’s dominance. If not for the buildings surrounding it, it would be easy to place the small park in the Catskills, and however tiny
Parque de Tranquilidad
314-318 E 4th St
The East Village is home to the greatest concentration of community gardens in the United States, all of which were hard-won by activists. It’s impossible to fully take in the vibe of the East Village without visiting a few of them. Many have innovative art by local artists; some of the cuter ones have kitschy gnomes or Buddhas hidden among vegetable patches. Our favorite garden, though, is devoid of these. Parque de Tranquilidad is exactly what its name suggests, a place of total tranquility that seems removed even from the East Village in the totality of nature’s dominance. If not for the buildings surrounding it, it would be easy to place the small park in the Catskills, and however tiny
Sightseeing
The only private, full-scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering. The college, established in 1859, occupies several buildings, but the most recognizable and famous is the Foundation Building, which is situated on the block to the south of Astor Place between the two branches of Cooper Sq (one being the southward extension of 3rd Ave and the other, an avenue that connects the Bowery with 4th Ave at Astor Pl). The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of American education
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The Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square
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The only private, full-scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering. The college, established in 1859, occupies several buildings, but the most recognizable and famous is the Foundation Building, which is situated on the block to the south of Astor Place between the two branches of Cooper Sq (one being the southward extension of 3rd Ave and the other, an avenue that connects the Bowery with 4th Ave at Astor Pl). The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of American education
The eastward extension of 8th St/Astor Pl past 3rd Ave. There are many bars, restaurants, and shops (many with a street vending presence) on the block between 2nd and 3rd Aves. There's always quite a mixture of folk walking up and down the street and within the area not to mention the slew of students from Cooper Union and NYU, which has plenty of dormitories and facilities nearby. Be warned that it can be unpleasantly crowded with slow-moving tipsy people at times, but it is a good place for people-watching.
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Saint Marks Place
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The eastward extension of 8th St/Astor Pl past 3rd Ave. There are many bars, restaurants, and shops (many with a street vending presence) on the block between 2nd and 3rd Aves. There's always quite a mixture of folk walking up and down the street and within the area not to mention the slew of students from Cooper Union and NYU, which has plenty of dormitories and facilities nearby. Be warned that it can be unpleasantly crowded with slow-moving tipsy people at times, but it is a good place for people-watching.
The only street in Manhattan that actually runs due east to the compass. There are several 18th- and early 19th-century buildings along this street, which runs from a bit south of 9th St and 3rd Ave to 10th St and 2nd Ave. At the corner of 10th St and 2nd Ave is St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery [4], a historic landmark and a very active church today, with an old and lush graveyard to the north, on and near the corner of 11th St and 2nd Ave. Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of the colony of New Netherland before the British took possession and renamed it New York, is buried in a crypt in the east wall of the church.
Stuyvesant Street
The only street in Manhattan that actually runs due east to the compass. There are several 18th- and early 19th-century buildings along this street, which runs from a bit south of 9th St and 3rd Ave to 10th St and 2nd Ave. At the corner of 10th St and 2nd Ave is St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery [4], a historic landmark and a very active church today, with an old and lush graveyard to the north, on and near the corner of 11th St and 2nd Ave. Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of the colony of New Netherland before the British took possession and renamed it New York, is buried in a crypt in the east wall of the church.
A sculpture at the center of Astor Place. This steel cube actually rotates as you push on any side, though you may need the strength of two or three people for a complete rotation. One of its sister cubes resides on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Alamo Astor Place Cube Sculpture
149-179 E 8th St
A sculpture at the center of Astor Place. This steel cube actually rotates as you push on any side, though you may need the strength of two or three people for a complete rotation. One of its sister cubes resides on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Astor Place Theater and Colonnade Row - Home to the Blue Man Group performance troupe, the Astor Theater is located in what were once the private homes of some of New York City’s wealthiest families, like the Astors and the Vanderbilts back in the 1830s. Originally there were nine Greek Revival mansions known as Colonnade Row. Of the nine buildings only these four remain and were among the first buildings to gain landmark status in 1965 under the city’s newly created Landmark Preservation laws.
Astor Place Theatre
434 Lafayette Street
Astor Place Theater and Colonnade Row - Home to the Blue Man Group performance troupe, the Astor Theater is located in what were once the private homes of some of New York City’s wealthiest families, like the Astors and the Vanderbilts back in the 1830s. Originally there were nine Greek Revival mansions known as Colonnade Row. Of the nine buildings only these four remain and were among the first buildings to gain landmark status in 1965 under the city’s newly created Landmark Preservation laws.
This is the only 19th century family home preserved in its entirety, inside and out, in New York City. Built in 1832, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house was lived in by the same family for almost 100 years. Visiting the museum gives you a glimpse of domestic life in the city in the 19th century.
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Merchant's House Museum
29 East 4th Street
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This is the only 19th century family home preserved in its entirety, inside and out, in New York City. Built in 1832, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house was lived in by the same family for almost 100 years. Visiting the museum gives you a glimpse of domestic life in the city in the 19th century.
CBGB - This is the birthplace of punk rock and it all started with The Ramones, a group of long-haired, leather-clad guys from Forest Hills, Queens. Other bands that got their start at CBGBs are Blondie, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and dozens of other punk/new wave bands. CBGB’s was originally named Hilly’s On The Bowery when it was opened in 1974 by Hilly Kristal as a spin-off to his successful West Village venue where performers like Bette Midler and Jerry Stiller appeared. Kristal wanted a more music-oriented crowd and changed the name to Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers which became known by the now famous CBGB.
John Varvatos
315 Bowery
CBGB - This is the birthplace of punk rock and it all started with The Ramones, a group of long-haired, leather-clad guys from Forest Hills, Queens. Other bands that got their start at CBGBs are Blondie, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and dozens of other punk/new wave bands. CBGB’s was originally named Hilly’s On The Bowery when it was opened in 1974 by Hilly Kristal as a spin-off to his successful West Village venue where performers like Bette Midler and Jerry Stiller appeared. Kristal wanted a more music-oriented crowd and changed the name to Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers which became known by the now famous CBGB.
The congregation was founded in 1628, and is one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America. The church was built in 1891 and known for their Tiffany stained-glass windows.
Middle Collegiate Church
112 2nd Ave
The congregation was founded in 1628, and is one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America. The church was built in 1891 and known for their Tiffany stained-glass windows.
From 1968 to 1971, the ground floor of this building (now a bank) was the Fillmore East, the East Coast counterpart to hippie/music promotor Bill Graham’s Fillmore in San Francisco. Though only opened for four years, dozens of the best musicians and bands of the 1960s and early 1970s appeared on its stage including: Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis and so many more musical legends. On the corner is one of Mosaic Man’s lampposts with the names of some of the bands who played here.
New Yorkers Foodmarket
107 2nd Avenue
From 1968 to 1971, the ground floor of this building (now a bank) was the Fillmore East, the East Coast counterpart to hippie/music promotor Bill Graham’s Fillmore in San Francisco. Though only opened for four years, dozens of the best musicians and bands of the 1960s and early 1970s appeared on its stage including: Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis and so many more musical legends. On the corner is one of Mosaic Man’s lampposts with the names of some of the bands who played here.
Named for Alexander Hamilton’s widow who lived there in the 1830s, this mid-19th century Federal style building is an elegant standout on what was once one of the city’s fashionable upper-class streets.
Hamilton-Holly House
Named for Alexander Hamilton’s widow who lived there in the 1830s, this mid-19th century Federal style building is an elegant standout on what was once one of the city’s fashionable upper-class streets.
At the time the DeutscheAmerikanische Schützen Gesellschaft clubhouse was built in 1888, the East Village had a huge German immigrant population and the neighborhood was known as KleinDeutschland (Little Germany). This building is one of a handful of reminders that the area was once primarily German-speaking. Look up at the façade of the building to see the engraving that reads “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (“Unity provides strength”).
German-American Shooting Society Clubhouse
12 St Marks Pl
At the time the DeutscheAmerikanische Schützen Gesellschaft clubhouse was built in 1888, the East Village had a huge German immigrant population and the neighborhood was known as KleinDeutschland (Little Germany). This building is one of a handful of reminders that the area was once primarily German-speaking. Look up at the façade of the building to see the engraving that reads “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (“Unity provides strength”).
Founded in 1884, Oswald Ottendorfer, editor of a widely read German-American journal helped create one of New York City’s first free libraries. Ottendorfer wanted to help German immigrants assimilate into American society with access to reading materials. It is one of the oldest Libraries in America
NYPL - Ottendorfer
135 2nd Avenue
Founded in 1884, Oswald Ottendorfer, editor of a widely read German-American journal helped create one of New York City’s first free libraries. Ottendorfer wanted to help German immigrants assimilate into American society with access to reading materials. It is one of the oldest Libraries in America
This space housed a ‘speakeasy’ (an illegal bar during the Prohibition era) and local gangsters Al Capone and Lucky Luciano drank here. After Prohibition was repealed in 1930, a jazz club called The Gallery opened and Thelonious Monk performed there. Then the space became a theater, followed by a cinema revival house and is now again a small theater staging plays and musicals. Also housed in the building is the small but very interesting Museum of the American Gangster.
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Theatre 80 St Marks
80 Saint Marks Place
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This space housed a ‘speakeasy’ (an illegal bar during the Prohibition era) and local gangsters Al Capone and Lucky Luciano drank here. After Prohibition was repealed in 1930, a jazz club called The Gallery opened and Thelonious Monk performed there. Then the space became a theater, followed by a cinema revival house and is now again a small theater staging plays and musicals. Also housed in the building is the small but very interesting Museum of the American Gangster.
The East Village is known for its community gardening movement that began in the 1970s, when the neighborhood was undesirable to live in. Empty lots between buildings went unattended by owners who were losing money. Residents of the area illegally turned the lots into gardens in an effort to beautify their surroundings. After years of legal battles with land-owners who abandoned their lots, 39 community gardens exist legally around the East Village and are maintained by volunteers from the neighborhood.
Secret Garden
The East Village is known for its community gardening movement that began in the 1970s, when the neighborhood was undesirable to live in. Empty lots between buildings went unattended by owners who were losing money. Residents of the area illegally turned the lots into gardens in an effort to beautify their surroundings. After years of legal battles with land-owners who abandoned their lots, 39 community gardens exist legally around the East Village and are maintained by volunteers from the neighborhood.
In the 1880s to 1920s 2nd avenue between 10th Street and Houston Street was known as the ‘Yiddish Rialto’ because of the in nearly two dozen theaters that put on dramatic plays, operettas and comedies performed in Yiddish (a language that combines German, Hebrew and bits of other languages) that was widely spoken among Jews at that time in history. Yiddish Theater was enormously popular in the East Village and many of the performers went on to have successful careers outside the Yiddish Theater. The Walk of Fame, which are plaques placed in the sidewalk, commemorates some of the most beloved Yiddish Theater stars, including Fyvush Finkel, known for his role on the TV series Picket Fences.
Yiddish Walk of Fame
205 E 10th St
In the 1880s to 1920s 2nd avenue between 10th Street and Houston Street was known as the ‘Yiddish Rialto’ because of the in nearly two dozen theaters that put on dramatic plays, operettas and comedies performed in Yiddish (a language that combines German, Hebrew and bits of other languages) that was widely spoken among Jews at that time in history. Yiddish Theater was enormously popular in the East Village and many of the performers went on to have successful careers outside the Yiddish Theater. The Walk of Fame, which are plaques placed in the sidewalk, commemorates some of the most beloved Yiddish Theater stars, including Fyvush Finkel, known for his role on the TV series Picket Fences.
This is one of the oldest sites of continuous worship in the city, built in 1799 on the Stuyvesant estate. Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch colonial governor of New Amsterdam before the British took control of the colony and renamed it City of New York. Stuyvesant is entombed in the church’s graveyard. The church itself shares space with several arts organizations, including Danspace and the Poetry Project known for its Annual New Years’ Day Marathon Reading — 24 hours of poetry readings by such luminaries as Eric Bogosian, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Patti Smith and Philip Glass.
St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
This is one of the oldest sites of continuous worship in the city, built in 1799 on the Stuyvesant estate. Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch colonial governor of New Amsterdam before the British took control of the colony and renamed it City of New York. Stuyvesant is entombed in the church’s graveyard. The church itself shares space with several arts organizations, including Danspace and the Poetry Project known for its Annual New Years’ Day Marathon Reading — 24 hours of poetry readings by such luminaries as Eric Bogosian, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Patti Smith and Philip Glass.
Designed by James Renwick, Jr., when he was only 24 years-old, Grace Church is considered to be the earliest example of neo-gothic architecture in the City. http://gracechurchnyc.org/
Grace Church
5 W 8th St
Designed by James Renwick, Jr., when he was only 24 years-old, Grace Church is considered to be the earliest example of neo-gothic architecture in the City. http://gracechurchnyc.org/
Entertainment & Activities
Soak in a hot bath, plunge into a cold pool, and let a giant Russian man beat you with palm leaves. No, this isn’t a sex thing, it’s just an afternoon well-spent at one of the East Village’s foremost self-care institutions. While bathhouses have gotten kind of a skeevy rap over the years, the Russian Baths is a classic, and you have nothing to fear but fear itself (and seriously, don’t skip the palm leaf beating). It is also inexpensive, an all day admission is $45!
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Russian & Turkish Baths
268 East 10th Street
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Soak in a hot bath, plunge into a cold pool, and let a giant Russian man beat you with palm leaves. No, this isn’t a sex thing, it’s just an afternoon well-spent at one of the East Village’s foremost self-care institutions. While bathhouses have gotten kind of a skeevy rap over the years, the Russian Baths is a classic, and you have nothing to fear but fear itself (and seriously, don’t skip the palm leaf beating). It is also inexpensive, an all day admission is $45!
If you’re film buff or an aspiring cinephile, the Anthology Film Archives needs to be on your list. Specializing in American independent and avant-garde film, Anthology is one of the places that most represents the artistic spirit of the neighborhood. Keep an eye on the lineup and you’ll be able to see movies you could never find anywhere else and are especially unavailable to stream on your laptop.
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Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave
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If you’re film buff or an aspiring cinephile, the Anthology Film Archives needs to be on your list. Specializing in American independent and avant-garde film, Anthology is one of the places that most represents the artistic spirit of the neighborhood. Keep an eye on the lineup and you’ll be able to see movies you could never find anywhere else and are especially unavailable to stream on your laptop.
Called Lap Dance Saloon, Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner produce and host this free weekly night of stellar stand-up in the East Village featuring a diverse range of comedians. The Mon 18 edition features Katie Hannigan, Jess Salomon, DeAnne Smith, Sagar Bhatt, Dan Harumi, Alex Babbitt, Pretty Sad White Girls, Amber Preston and more. Go on, give yourself a reason not to completely hate Mondays.
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HiFi
169 Avenue A
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Called Lap Dance Saloon, Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner produce and host this free weekly night of stellar stand-up in the East Village featuring a diverse range of comedians. The Mon 18 edition features Katie Hannigan, Jess Salomon, DeAnne Smith, Sagar Bhatt, Dan Harumi, Alex Babbitt, Pretty Sad White Girls, Amber Preston and more. Go on, give yourself a reason not to completely hate Mondays.
Arts & Culture
STOMP is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. Very Popular Great choice if you do not speak English fluently as it mostly visual.
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STOMP
126 2nd Avenue
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STOMP is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. Very Popular Great choice if you do not speak English fluently as it mostly visual.
Founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 to showcase performances stemming from his Shakespeare Workshop, The Public now stages a wide variety of top-notch performances by cutting edge playwrights. The Public is also the sponsor of New York’s annual Shakespeare in the Park every summer where hundreds of determined Shakespeare fans line up overnight to get free tickets for same-evening performances. Next door to The Public is Joe’s Pub, an intimate live music and dinner venue.
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The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
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Founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 to showcase performances stemming from his Shakespeare Workshop, The Public now stages a wide variety of top-notch performances by cutting edge playwrights. The Public is also the sponsor of New York’s annual Shakespeare in the Park every summer where hundreds of determined Shakespeare fans line up overnight to get free tickets for same-evening performances. Next door to The Public is Joe’s Pub, an intimate live music and dinner venue.
This is the largest museum in the U.S. committed to Ukrainian cultural heritage. It opened in 1976 and offers several annual exhibitions and public programs.
Ukrainian Museum
222 East 6th Street
This is the largest museum in the U.S. committed to Ukrainian cultural heritage. It opened in 1976 and offers several annual exhibitions and public programs.
This 152-seat theatre in is the East Village offshoot of this comedic improve troupe’s first New York Theater in Chelsea. In addition to holding wildly popular improv performances for only $10, the UCBT also has an Improv Training Center that teaches the art of improvisational and written comedy.
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre East Village
153 E 3rd St
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This 152-seat theatre in is the East Village offshoot of this comedic improve troupe’s first New York Theater in Chelsea. In addition to holding wildly popular improv performances for only $10, the UCBT also has an Improv Training Center that teaches the art of improvisational and written comedy.
Visiting this museum might be the best way to learn the essence of East Village short of assimilating into an artist’s squat or chaining yourself to a tree in a community garden. The museum is housed in well-known C-Squat, which was sold by the government to a non-profit for $1 in 2002, and now is being turned into a low-income co-op for the squatters who live there. The museum itself showcases New York’s recent history of protests, grassroots movements, and environmental activism.
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Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
155 Avenue C
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Visiting this museum might be the best way to learn the essence of East Village short of assimilating into an artist’s squat or chaining yourself to a tree in a community garden. The museum is housed in well-known C-Squat, which was sold by the government to a non-profit for $1 in 2002, and now is being turned into a low-income co-op for the squatters who live there. The museum itself showcases New York’s recent history of protests, grassroots movements, and environmental activism.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great place to hear some excellent performers of jazz and world music.
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Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
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Great place to hear some excellent performers of jazz and world music.
The oldest pub in continuous operation in New York, this small pub packs up fast. Sawdust on the floors, McSorleys beer only that comes in pairs, this place is a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The ancient chandelier above the bar has turkey wishbones dating from WW1 when a turkey dinner was thrown for the departing soldier and the wishbone was hung up till he returned. Abraham Lincoln drank there and Teddy Roosevelt's signature graces the walls. Boisterous atmosphere and cheap food too!
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McSorley's Old Ale House
15 East 7th Street
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The oldest pub in continuous operation in New York, this small pub packs up fast. Sawdust on the floors, McSorleys beer only that comes in pairs, this place is a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The ancient chandelier above the bar has turkey wishbones dating from WW1 when a turkey dinner was thrown for the departing soldier and the wishbone was hung up till he returned. Abraham Lincoln drank there and Teddy Roosevelt's signature graces the walls. Boisterous atmosphere and cheap food too!
Old school original Honky tonk bar with great bartenders. They have drink specials after 5 pm usually . Awesome juke box with some real country music. Really fun place to cool off as they have amazing AC. Southern tourists get a taste of home with a New York twist. Want the best tasting Bloody Mary in the east village ? Visit Joanna on Friday's and Saturday's . Her bloody Maria is even better. This place is old school and that's why people love it. $3 and up.
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Doc Holliday's
141 Avenue A
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Old school original Honky tonk bar with great bartenders. They have drink specials after 5 pm usually . Awesome juke box with some real country music. Really fun place to cool off as they have amazing AC. Southern tourists get a taste of home with a New York twist. Want the best tasting Bloody Mary in the east village ? Visit Joanna on Friday's and Saturday's . Her bloody Maria is even better. This place is old school and that's why people love it. $3 and up.
A hard-drinking literary bar.
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KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
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A hard-drinking literary bar.
If you're at all a fan of craft cocktails, or bars with a speakeasy vibe, you've surely heard of Death & Co. It's one of New York's classics in the genre, and although it's often compared to its more exclusive brethren, the vibe is pure East Village—you'll be treated by a local, no snotty attitudes here. From tiki-inspired creations to more boozy libations, Death & Co. has something to suit every palate (and snacks, to boot). It's a small, cozy little place, and if you can find a seat at the bar I recommend you take it, as watching the bartenders create their cocktail alchemy is entertainment all on its own
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Death & Company
433 E 6th St
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If you're at all a fan of craft cocktails, or bars with a speakeasy vibe, you've surely heard of Death & Co. It's one of New York's classics in the genre, and although it's often compared to its more exclusive brethren, the vibe is pure East Village—you'll be treated by a local, no snotty attitudes here. From tiki-inspired creations to more boozy libations, Death & Co. has something to suit every palate (and snacks, to boot). It's a small, cozy little place, and if you can find a seat at the bar I recommend you take it, as watching the bartenders create their cocktail alchemy is entertainment all on its own
When it was built in 1886, this hall was called the “Jewel of the Village”. It has evolved over time from a party hall for special occasions such as Jewish weddings or balls, to a concert venue (called The Ritz until 1990) for rock/punk/emo/techno bands and over the years has hosted everyone from U2 to Guns N’ Roses. To check out if your favorite band is playing anytime soon, check out the Webster Hall calendar online.
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Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
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When it was built in 1886, this hall was called the “Jewel of the Village”. It has evolved over time from a party hall for special occasions such as Jewish weddings or balls, to a concert venue (called The Ritz until 1990) for rock/punk/emo/techno bands and over the years has hosted everyone from U2 to Guns N’ Roses. To check out if your favorite band is playing anytime soon, check out the Webster Hall calendar online.
If you love slam poetry and live in New York, you’ve been to the Nuyorican, one of the last remaining places dedicated to poetry in Manhattan. Even if you don’t, give the Nuyorican a try anyway. Their team of in-house poets is the most inspiring, thoughtful, witty, even hilarious one in the city. And you will get hyped up to hear them–the venue’s hosts are usually nothing short of fabulous, and get the audience dancing between sets. Readings are frequently presided over by DJs with preferences for old school hip hop. When visiting, keep in mind that the word “cafe” is a bit of an exaggeration–there’s a bar you have to fight to get to, and some very closely-packed seating facing the stage.
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Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
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If you love slam poetry and live in New York, you’ve been to the Nuyorican, one of the last remaining places dedicated to poetry in Manhattan. Even if you don’t, give the Nuyorican a try anyway. Their team of in-house poets is the most inspiring, thoughtful, witty, even hilarious one in the city. And you will get hyped up to hear them–the venue’s hosts are usually nothing short of fabulous, and get the audience dancing between sets. Readings are frequently presided over by DJs with preferences for old school hip hop. When visiting, keep in mind that the word “cafe” is a bit of an exaggeration–there’s a bar you have to fight to get to, and some very closely-packed seating facing the stage.
Sake bars are a big thing in the East Village, but they can sometimes border on a frat house vibe because of the large college student population close by at NYU. Not so at Decibel. This tiny little bar boasts one of the most impressive sake lists outside of Japan, and feels like you’re being transported to a whole other continent.
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Sake Bar Decibel
240 East 9th Street
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Sake bars are a big thing in the East Village, but they can sometimes border on a frat house vibe because of the large college student population close by at NYU. Not so at Decibel. This tiny little bar boasts one of the most impressive sake lists outside of Japan, and feels like you’re being transported to a whole other continent.
Berlin is a scene. If you’re looking to see some of the coolest bands around and do some epic New York people watching, this is where to go on weekend nights. Started by musician Jessie Malin, it’s been around for less than a year, but the music venue harkens back to the classic East Village ’70s—dark, grungy, and nothing but wild fun.
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Berlin
25 Avenue A
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Berlin is a scene. If you’re looking to see some of the coolest bands around and do some epic New York people watching, this is where to go on weekend nights. Started by musician Jessie Malin, it’s been around for less than a year, but the music venue harkens back to the classic East Village ’70s—dark, grungy, and nothing but wild fun.
If it’s day drinking you’re after, there’s no better place to spend a boozy afternoon than this classic German beer hall. With big, juicy brats and all kinds of brews, start early and stay late.
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Zum Schneider NYC
107 Avenue C
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If it’s day drinking you’re after, there’s no better place to spend a boozy afternoon than this classic German beer hall. With big, juicy brats and all kinds of brews, start early and stay late.
Despite the neighborhood's flashy vibe, the attitude at this club is close to zero, at least once you get past the bouncers guarding the door. On the sunken dance floor, hip to hip crowds gyrate to deep beats from top DJs, including NYC old-schoolers François K, Tedd Patterson and Louie Vega. Cielo, which features a crystal-clear sound system, has won a bevy of best club awards in its half a decade of existence—and it deserves them all.
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Cielo
18 Little West 12th St
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Despite the neighborhood's flashy vibe, the attitude at this club is close to zero, at least once you get past the bouncers guarding the door. On the sunken dance floor, hip to hip crowds gyrate to deep beats from top DJs, including NYC old-schoolers François K, Tedd Patterson and Louie Vega. Cielo, which features a crystal-clear sound system, has won a bevy of best club awards in its half a decade of existence—and it deserves them all.
This is where you go to play Bingo...I mean DRAG BINGO! Experience the fun and raunchy time at least once. It is a great time!
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(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
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This is where you go to play Bingo...I mean DRAG BINGO! Experience the fun and raunchy time at least once. It is a great time!
The entrance is hard to find (hint: if you pass Schapiro’s, you’ve gone too far) and you’ll have to wrestle an unwieldy velvet curtain the second you step inside. But the effort is well worth it, if only for the cavalcade of cocktail killers at its helm: Death & Co. honchos David Kaplan and Alexander Day own the joint, with drinks maven Natasha David (Maison Premiere, Mayahuel) behind the stick. Together, the trio has stirred up the kind of devil-may-care after-hours haunt you’ll want to linger at long after closing time.
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Nitecap
151 Rivington Street
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The entrance is hard to find (hint: if you pass Schapiro’s, you’ve gone too far) and you’ll have to wrestle an unwieldy velvet curtain the second you step inside. But the effort is well worth it, if only for the cavalcade of cocktail killers at its helm: Death & Co. honchos David Kaplan and Alexander Day own the joint, with drinks maven Natasha David (Maison Premiere, Mayahuel) behind the stick. Together, the trio has stirred up the kind of devil-may-care after-hours haunt you’ll want to linger at long after closing time.
In the realm of spirits, cider is the overlooked wallflower; not as crowd-pleasing as beer or as effortlessly cool as the cocktail. But now the underrated sip gets its due at this glowing pocket-sized den on Orchard Street, offering a dozen drafts and nearly 100 bottles of the apple elixir. The brainchild of Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler, the husband-and-wife team behind suds hub Queens Kickshaw, this fruit-forward bar will turn those cider snubbers into seekers.
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Wassail
162 Orchard Street
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In the realm of spirits, cider is the overlooked wallflower; not as crowd-pleasing as beer or as effortlessly cool as the cocktail. But now the underrated sip gets its due at this glowing pocket-sized den on Orchard Street, offering a dozen drafts and nearly 100 bottles of the apple elixir. The brainchild of Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler, the husband-and-wife team behind suds hub Queens Kickshaw, this fruit-forward bar will turn those cider snubbers into seekers.
When the weather turns brisk, the spirits go dark: floral gin gets swapped for smoke-nosed Scotch, and sunny rum makes way for spicy, robust rye. The brown slugs of fall are heartier than summer’s easy-drinking sips and leagues more complex: mash percentage, grain variety, even soil disparities can profoundly alter the taste of whiskey. That’s a hell of a lot to grasp for a connoisseur, let alone a brown-bottle newbie. Thankfully, the intimate Copper & Oak on the Lower East Side have whiskey enthusiasts covered like the sealed top of an aged barrel.
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Copper & Oak
157 Allen Street
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When the weather turns brisk, the spirits go dark: floral gin gets swapped for smoke-nosed Scotch, and sunny rum makes way for spicy, robust rye. The brown slugs of fall are heartier than summer’s easy-drinking sips and leagues more complex: mash percentage, grain variety, even soil disparities can profoundly alter the taste of whiskey. That’s a hell of a lot to grasp for a connoisseur, let alone a brown-bottle newbie. Thankfully, the intimate Copper & Oak on the Lower East Side have whiskey enthusiasts covered like the sealed top of an aged barrel.
Anheuser-Busch sales executive Ted Kenny gave up his corporate gig to follow a beer-nerd dream—running his own craft-brew shop on the Lower East Side. Fill your growler from one of 20 draft lines (pouring quaffs from Greenport Harbor Brewing, Goose Island and others), or choose from more than 700 bottles (such as Founders and Westmalle). Aspiring beer connoisseurs can pop in on classes and brewmaster tastings. The space also features a casual standing bar, where drinkers can sip on the shop's selections and nibble on cheeses and charcuterie.
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Top Hops Beer Shop
94 Orchard Street
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Anheuser-Busch sales executive Ted Kenny gave up his corporate gig to follow a beer-nerd dream—running his own craft-brew shop on the Lower East Side. Fill your growler from one of 20 draft lines (pouring quaffs from Greenport Harbor Brewing, Goose Island and others), or choose from more than 700 bottles (such as Founders and Westmalle). Aspiring beer connoisseurs can pop in on classes and brewmaster tastings. The space also features a casual standing bar, where drinkers can sip on the shop's selections and nibble on cheeses and charcuterie.
Arlene’s Grocery was one of the earliest rock-music venues south of East Houston, and it remains a hallowed hall of head-banging. Er, make that hallowed hole. Downstairs from the main bar is the room where bands rock out all week long; you’ll need a liberal definitions of “loud” and “personal space” down there. Some impressive folks have taken the mike—Jeff Buckley, the Strokes, Vanessa Carlton and Beth Orton. Monthly events range from All-Ages Afternoon to Triple 666 Sunday, which is billed as “a night of debauchery.”
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Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St
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Arlene’s Grocery was one of the earliest rock-music venues south of East Houston, and it remains a hallowed hall of head-banging. Er, make that hallowed hole. Downstairs from the main bar is the room where bands rock out all week long; you’ll need a liberal definitions of “loud” and “personal space” down there. Some impressive folks have taken the mike—Jeff Buckley, the Strokes, Vanessa Carlton and Beth Orton. Monthly events range from All-Ages Afternoon to Triple 666 Sunday, which is billed as “a night of debauchery.”
Club Cumming is actor Alan Cumming’s fantasy performance-based salon. Cumming describes his creation as “a home for everyone of all ages, all genders, all sexualities, who all enjoy letting go and making some mischief. No judgments, no attitude, no rules, except kindness, acceptance and fun,” . It exceeds expectations. Think Caberet but live in the East Village.
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Club Cumming
505 E 6th St
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Club Cumming is actor Alan Cumming’s fantasy performance-based salon. Cumming describes his creation as “a home for everyone of all ages, all genders, all sexualities, who all enjoy letting go and making some mischief. No judgments, no attitude, no rules, except kindness, acceptance and fun,” . It exceeds expectations. Think Caberet but live in the East Village.
Shopping
One of the foremost used bookstores in New York, reportedly housing over 18 mi of shelf space, all of it crammed to capacity. A recent renovation has opened up the space tremendously, though that will be a surprise to any newcomer, who will marvel at the wall-to-wall crowds.
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Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
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One of the foremost used bookstores in New York, reportedly housing over 18 mi of shelf space, all of it crammed to capacity. A recent renovation has opened up the space tremendously, though that will be a surprise to any newcomer, who will marvel at the wall-to-wall crowds.
One of the last live/work artist store fronts in the East Village. Morphing from window art dioramas in the 80's they now showcase only local jewelry designers and artists along with their own museum replica jewelry and paintings. Screen door and original tin ceiling complete the authentic East Village look. $28-300
The Shape of Lies
127 E 7th St
One of the last live/work artist store fronts in the East Village. Morphing from window art dioramas in the 80's they now showcase only local jewelry designers and artists along with their own museum replica jewelry and paintings. Screen door and original tin ceiling complete the authentic East Village look. $28-300
I’ve been loving this streetwear shop since its 2011 debut. It offers a mix of vintage designer labels and unique objects, with a frequently rotating roster of merchandise. Expect to find unisex loot from new names every week plus rare and one-of-a-kind pieces like Shirt King Phade x Community 54 Champion sweatshirts ($80), gray-marle Rap snapbacks ($40) and a vintage Michael Jordan–autographed Wheaties box ($350).
Community 54
186 Avenue B
I’ve been loving this streetwear shop since its 2011 debut. It offers a mix of vintage designer labels and unique objects, with a frequently rotating roster of merchandise. Expect to find unisex loot from new names every week plus rare and one-of-a-kind pieces like Shirt King Phade x Community 54 Champion sweatshirts ($80), gray-marle Rap snapbacks ($40) and a vintage Michael Jordan–autographed Wheaties box ($350).
Whether you’re searching for rhinestone-adorned 1960s cat-eye frames or Kanye West–style shutter shades, Fanny’s specializes in one-of-a-kind eyeglasses. Moderately priced in-house brand Spectaculars features everything from posh sunnies to cosmetic frames, all starting at $135. It isn’t unusual to find four or more staffers (all willing to give you an honest opinion) crammed into this pint-size shop, which displays its specs on antique wooden dressers. Fanny’s also vends such vintage items as pillbox ladies' hats, and suspenders for lads looking to channel the 1940s (or maybe just Larry King).
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Fabulous Fanny's
335 East 9th Street
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Whether you’re searching for rhinestone-adorned 1960s cat-eye frames or Kanye West–style shutter shades, Fanny’s specializes in one-of-a-kind eyeglasses. Moderately priced in-house brand Spectaculars features everything from posh sunnies to cosmetic frames, all starting at $135. It isn’t unusual to find four or more staffers (all willing to give you an honest opinion) crammed into this pint-size shop, which displays its specs on antique wooden dressers. Fanny’s also vends such vintage items as pillbox ladies' hats, and suspenders for lads looking to channel the 1940s (or maybe just Larry King).
World-famous for his eternally popular decoupage plates and platters depicting everything from turn-of-the-century love letters to mating donkeys, Derian’s old-world-feeling shop is chock-full of great gifts like paper-mache votive candle holders, canvas totes, and Moroccan poufs in gold and hot pink. The adjacent dry-goods shop features a slew of covetable linens, including delicately printed pillowcases and imported suzanis.
John Derian Dry Goods
10 East 2nd Street
World-famous for his eternally popular decoupage plates and platters depicting everything from turn-of-the-century love letters to mating donkeys, Derian’s old-world-feeling shop is chock-full of great gifts like paper-mache votive candle holders, canvas totes, and Moroccan poufs in gold and hot pink. The adjacent dry-goods shop features a slew of covetable linens, including delicately printed pillowcases and imported suzanis.
European collectors and NYU kids raid this 13-year-old shop for colorful Izod sweaters, combat boots and letter jackets with wallet-friendly price tags. But what they might not know is that you can rent some of the pricier, hard-to-find vintage at a fraction of the retail cost. Owner Richard Colligan specializes in rare band tees from L.A. (New Order, $250; the Clash, $200; Lords of the New Church, $150), and also carries a handsome selection of men’s footwear (Draper-era Florsheim wingtips for $250). Rent for a week and you’ll pay 25 percent of the full price, pay 50 percent for two weeks, and so on.
Metropolis Vintage
43 3rd Avenue
European collectors and NYU kids raid this 13-year-old shop for colorful Izod sweaters, combat boots and letter jackets with wallet-friendly price tags. But what they might not know is that you can rent some of the pricier, hard-to-find vintage at a fraction of the retail cost. Owner Richard Colligan specializes in rare band tees from L.A. (New Order, $250; the Clash, $200; Lords of the New Church, $150), and also carries a handsome selection of men’s footwear (Draper-era Florsheim wingtips for $250). Rent for a week and you’ll pay 25 percent of the full price, pay 50 percent for two weeks, and so on.
Those who grew up watching Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will find a cure for ’90s nostalgia at this East Village shop that specializes in men’s and women’s vintage clothing, footwear and assorted tchotchkes. Sort through racks of colorful vintage gear to find treasures including men’s starter jackets ($50–$200), Levi’s acid-wash jean jackets ($65), Gucci basic pumps ($180) and unisex Pendleton flannels ($50–$60). Nab vintage tees (two for $30) while glancing at clips of old movies playing on a small screen at the front of the store. Stop by on the first Thursday of every month for “Throwback Thursdays” and get 10 percent off everything in the store.
Mr. Throwback
428 E 9th St
Those who grew up watching Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will find a cure for ’90s nostalgia at this East Village shop that specializes in men’s and women’s vintage clothing, footwear and assorted tchotchkes. Sort through racks of colorful vintage gear to find treasures including men’s starter jackets ($50–$200), Levi’s acid-wash jean jackets ($65), Gucci basic pumps ($180) and unisex Pendleton flannels ($50–$60). Nab vintage tees (two for $30) while glancing at clips of old movies playing on a small screen at the front of the store. Stop by on the first Thursday of every month for “Throwback Thursdays” and get 10 percent off everything in the store.
This East Village staple, which hawks antiques, rare taxidermy and freaky novelties, has moved down the block into a 450-square-foot space that was once a funeral parlor. The spot has the same dark and twisted feel as its previous location, with creaking wooden floors, old-school hanging globe lights, and enough strange and unusual artifacts to earn owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson a show on the Discovery Channel, aptly called Oddities. You’ll find jarred piranhas ($25) and trays of preserved butterflies and beetles ($250–$350). A large oak case from the turn of the 20th century houses one-of-a-kind costumes, such as a hooded black robe embroidered with a skull and crossbones ($150).
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Obscura Antiques & Oddities
207 Avenue A
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This East Village staple, which hawks antiques, rare taxidermy and freaky novelties, has moved down the block into a 450-square-foot space that was once a funeral parlor. The spot has the same dark and twisted feel as its previous location, with creaking wooden floors, old-school hanging globe lights, and enough strange and unusual artifacts to earn owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson a show on the Discovery Channel, aptly called Oddities. You’ll find jarred piranhas ($25) and trays of preserved butterflies and beetles ($250–$350). A large oak case from the turn of the 20th century houses one-of-a-kind costumes, such as a hooded black robe embroidered with a skull and crossbones ($150).
After graduating from the Pratt Institute with a degree in fine art, Urte Tylaite wanted to shift toward retail. She developed the necessary skills working as a graphic designer and sales rep for the Brooklyn boutique Swallow, and used what she learned to open her own design store in the East Village. With products ranging from jewelry ($22–$1,100) and dishware ($5–$800) to art books ($30–$75) and artisan postcards ($5–$7), Tylaite has curated a diverse collection of gifts, home goods and personal accessories that visitors are encouraged to peruse.
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SHW Jewelry (Still House)
307 East 7th Street
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After graduating from the Pratt Institute with a degree in fine art, Urte Tylaite wanted to shift toward retail. She developed the necessary skills working as a graphic designer and sales rep for the Brooklyn boutique Swallow, and used what she learned to open her own design store in the East Village. With products ranging from jewelry ($22–$1,100) and dishware ($5–$800) to art books ($30–$75) and artisan postcards ($5–$7), Tylaite has curated a diverse collection of gifts, home goods and personal accessories that visitors are encouraged to peruse.
Want cash back without having to charge up a storm on your credit card? Bring your unwanted garb to the East Village outpost of this popular buy-sell-trade clothing shop and leave with padded pockets. The best part is that they won’t turn up their noses at Forever 21—all brands are welcome. Score a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans for $25, current-season Manolo Blahniks for $250 or unload some designer goods for major dough.
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Buffalo Exchange
332 East 11th Street
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Want cash back without having to charge up a storm on your credit card? Bring your unwanted garb to the East Village outpost of this popular buy-sell-trade clothing shop and leave with padded pockets. The best part is that they won’t turn up their noses at Forever 21—all brands are welcome. Score a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans for $25, current-season Manolo Blahniks for $250 or unload some designer goods for major dough.
St. Mark’s Place is punk’s geographical embodiment. After visiting the former CBGB and the church where church where Patti Smith crooned her first punk poetry, you could go to Trash & Vaudeville, the famous punk/goth store where Springsteen and the Ramones shopped–but that, quite frankly, would not be untapped. Instead, pay a visit to Search & Destroy, Trash’s vintage equivalent. The reassembled dolls in the windows, dominatrix gear, and giant Ronald McDonald heads are occasionally less alarming than prices for used t-shirts, but prices are mostly fair. And although the disturbing statues and the pornification of beloved Disney characters seem designed to keep out the pure of heart, the staf
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SEARCH & DESTROY
25 St Marks Pl
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St. Mark’s Place is punk’s geographical embodiment. After visiting the former CBGB and the church where church where Patti Smith crooned her first punk poetry, you could go to Trash & Vaudeville, the famous punk/goth store where Springsteen and the Ramones shopped–but that, quite frankly, would not be untapped. Instead, pay a visit to Search & Destroy, Trash’s vintage equivalent. The reassembled dolls in the windows, dominatrix gear, and giant Ronald McDonald heads are occasionally less alarming than prices for used t-shirts, but prices are mostly fair. And although the disturbing statues and the pornification of beloved Disney characters seem designed to keep out the pure of heart, the staf
Abraço has standing room for roughly six people, and no seating except for a wooden table and bench outside. It needs nothing more, because Abraço is a pilgrimage site for many local self-proclaimed coffee snobs, for people who search far and wide for coffee like they had during their semesters in Venice. These ex-ex-pats swear that the coffee has European strength and perfection–a fact also attested to by some exceptionally erotic Yelp reviews. The coffee also comes in European sizes. Abraço’s other draw (as if we needed a second one) is its amazing olive oil cakes, and the slew of other unique baked goods it sells on a rotating basis.
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Abraço
81 East 7th Street
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Abraço has standing room for roughly six people, and no seating except for a wooden table and bench outside. It needs nothing more, because Abraço is a pilgrimage site for many local self-proclaimed coffee snobs, for people who search far and wide for coffee like they had during their semesters in Venice. These ex-ex-pats swear that the coffee has European strength and perfection–a fact also attested to by some exceptionally erotic Yelp reviews. The coffee also comes in European sizes. Abraço’s other draw (as if we needed a second one) is its amazing olive oil cakes, and the slew of other unique baked goods it sells on a rotating basis.
Whether you regularly get behind the decks or not, legendary record store and DJ depot Turntable Lab is a must-stop in the East Village. Not only do they stock vinyl from around the world, but they also have everything a budding audiophile needs to get their home system up to snuff. There aren’t many music stores left in the city since the dawn of the digital age, but this one is still going strong after all these years.
Turntable Lab NY Storefront
84 East 10th Street
Whether you regularly get behind the decks or not, legendary record store and DJ depot Turntable Lab is a must-stop in the East Village. Not only do they stock vinyl from around the world, but they also have everything a budding audiophile needs to get their home system up to snuff. There aren’t many music stores left in the city since the dawn of the digital age, but this one is still going strong after all these years.
Salvation Army this is not—Tokio 7 is much more than your average consignment shop, with designer duds and lots of treasures just waiting to be found. It can get a little crowded with well-heeled bargain hunters, so try and get there early and prepare to spend some serious time combing the racks.
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Tokio 7
83 East 7th Street
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Salvation Army this is not—Tokio 7 is much more than your average consignment shop, with designer duds and lots of treasures just waiting to be found. It can get a little crowded with well-heeled bargain hunters, so try and get there early and prepare to spend some serious time combing the racks.
The worst thing to do would be to come to Mast Books with a plan. If you have some time for a mission of discovery, you’ll really get the most out of your trip. From special editions to hard-to-find gems, Mast is a booklover's paradise. There’s nowhere to really hunker down and read, but that’s actually a good thing. If you get too absorbed in one book, you might miss all the other magic that’s hiding amongst the shelves.
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Mast Books
72 Avenue A
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The worst thing to do would be to come to Mast Books with a plan. If you have some time for a mission of discovery, you’ll really get the most out of your trip. From special editions to hard-to-find gems, Mast is a booklover's paradise. There’s nowhere to really hunker down and read, but that’s actually a good thing. If you get too absorbed in one book, you might miss all the other magic that’s hiding amongst the shelves.
Make sure not to miss this little basement book shop, which has one of the best selections of photography books in the city, and maybe even the world. Don’t be afraid to browse, and the incredibly educated staff are more than happy to guide you in the direction of photographers you may not have heard of before.
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Dashwood Books
33 Bond Street
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Make sure not to miss this little basement book shop, which has one of the best selections of photography books in the city, and maybe even the world. Don’t be afraid to browse, and the incredibly educated staff are more than happy to guide you in the direction of photographers you may not have heard of before.
Another great curated thrift store in the neighborhood.
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DUO NYC
337 East 9th Street
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Another great curated thrift store in the neighborhood.
I love this store! The clothing is simple yet elegant, suitable for a variety of occasions. A pleated top could be worn with a pair of jean (like Halle Berry was shown doing in People magazine), or dressed up with a silk skirt for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Some items are pricey, but many are on sale. A good time to visit.
Elliot Mann
324 E 9th St
I love this store! The clothing is simple yet elegant, suitable for a variety of occasions. A pleated top could be worn with a pair of jean (like Halle Berry was shown doing in People magazine), or dressed up with a silk skirt for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Some items are pricey, but many are on sale. A good time to visit.
You will swoon at the eclectic mix in Local Clothing. There’s lots new, including designers like Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton, but lots vintage, too. Unlike some vintage stores, where you have to plow through piles of old clothing to find something worth salvaging, Local Clothing’s offerings are wonderfully displayed and in excellent condition. Plan to find rich fabrics and expert construction. The owner is an F.I.T. grad who knows his stuff. You will profit from his knowledge.
Local Clothing
328 E 9th St
You will swoon at the eclectic mix in Local Clothing. There’s lots new, including designers like Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton, but lots vintage, too. Unlike some vintage stores, where you have to plow through piles of old clothing to find something worth salvaging, Local Clothing’s offerings are wonderfully displayed and in excellent condition. Plan to find rich fabrics and expert construction. The owner is an F.I.T. grad who knows his stuff. You will profit from his knowledge.
Fabulous experience. As a plus-size fashion enthusiast, I can honestly say I have never been more excited about a brand. It's rare to find styles that I feel are truly unique to the plus market, and I've found that in Universal Standard. It is a personal shopping experience for the plussize client. It is pricey but the quality is outstanding and you can exchange items if you change size within a year. Schedule an appointment online and GO!!!
Universal Standard
Fabulous experience. As a plus-size fashion enthusiast, I can honestly say I have never been more excited about a brand. It's rare to find styles that I feel are truly unique to the plus market, and I've found that in Universal Standard. It is a personal shopping experience for the plussize client. It is pricey but the quality is outstanding and you can exchange items if you change size within a year. Schedule an appointment online and GO!!!
This upscale Italian shop is chock-full of luxe fabrics, soft knits and high-end items in sizes 17 to 33, like sweater sets or cashmere blend vests. Loyal customers go nuts for the designer’s wool coats and smooth, laminated leather slip-ons in shimmery brown or dark navy. A lot of the dresses come with detachable sleeves, so you can decide whether or not you want to show your arms, but if you do choose to bare your beautiful biceps, the shop’s cocktail dress selection is on point.
Marina Rinaldi New York
This upscale Italian shop is chock-full of luxe fabrics, soft knits and high-end items in sizes 17 to 33, like sweater sets or cashmere blend vests. Loyal customers go nuts for the designer’s wool coats and smooth, laminated leather slip-ons in shimmery brown or dark navy. A lot of the dresses come with detachable sleeves, so you can decide whether or not you want to show your arms, but if you do choose to bare your beautiful biceps, the shop’s cocktail dress selection is on point.
Ever since Hyman Moscot started selling specs from a pushcart on Orchard Street in 1899, this family-run institution has been the most recognizable name in New York eyewear. Now run by fourth-generation brothers, the three sleek shops sell well-known labels, as well as their own two collections: vintage-inspired Originals and Spirit, the more modern line ($225—$255).
MOSCOT
108 Orchard Street
Ever since Hyman Moscot started selling specs from a pushcart on Orchard Street in 1899, this family-run institution has been the most recognizable name in New York eyewear. Now run by fourth-generation brothers, the three sleek shops sell well-known labels, as well as their own two collections: vintage-inspired Originals and Spirit, the more modern line ($225—$255).
This is where the 90's went to escape! A complete homage to all trends, and styles of the 90's. "The owner's love of the '90s, pop culture, nostalgia, and their fashion hero Betsey Johnson will envelop you when you enter the shop, which features a colorful explosion of authentic vintage items from the era, as well as homages in the form of hand-painted denim jackets."
Spark Pretty
333 E 9th St
This is where the 90's went to escape! A complete homage to all trends, and styles of the 90's. "The owner's love of the '90s, pop culture, nostalgia, and their fashion hero Betsey Johnson will envelop you when you enter the shop, which features a colorful explosion of authentic vintage items from the era, as well as homages in the form of hand-painted denim jackets."
Food Scene
4 hours. Half-century-old Ukrainian diner now has a snazzier decor and hipper clientele but still offers traditional Eastern European fare like pierogi, blintzes, stuffed cabbage, etc.
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Veselka
144 2nd Avenue
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4 hours. Half-century-old Ukrainian diner now has a snazzier decor and hipper clientele but still offers traditional Eastern European fare like pierogi, blintzes, stuffed cabbage, etc.
This is a great Bakery & Cafe when you are looking for a tradition Italian dessert. Know for the cheesecakes, rainbow cookies, delicate pastries and cannolies. Absolutely delicious and open late. If you go, please bring me home a Lobster Claw!
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Veniero's
342 East 11th Street
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This is a great Bakery & Cafe when you are looking for a tradition Italian dessert. Know for the cheesecakes, rainbow cookies, delicate pastries and cannolies. Absolutely delicious and open late. If you go, please bring me home a Lobster Claw!
24 hours. Caribbean restaurant with a beach shack vibe
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Miss Lily's 7A Cafe
109 Avenue A
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24 hours. Caribbean restaurant with a beach shack vibe
This old-school Italian-American red-sauce place has friendly service, ample portions, loads of atmosphere and a century's worth of history.
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John's of 12th Street
302 East 12th Street
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This old-school Italian-American red-sauce place has friendly service, ample portions, loads of atmosphere and a century's worth of history.
An upscale American restaurant strongly influenced by Italian cuisine. Hearth is open for dinner only. Expect to pay roughly $80/person, including wine. Reservations recommended, Food is wonderful!
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Hearth
403 East 12th Street
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An upscale American restaurant strongly influenced by Italian cuisine. Hearth is open for dinner only. Expect to pay roughly $80/person, including wine. Reservations recommended, Food is wonderful!
A small restaurant specializing in arepas, the Venezuelan answer to empanadas. They also serve Venezuelan empanadas, salads, desserts, etc., and very good fresh-squeezed juices. You may have to wait on line for a table at peak hours, but it is a very relaxing place to eat at the bar on off-hours. Prices have increased substantially ($6 for one arepa), but the lunch specials are still the best value.
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Caracas Arepa Bar
91 East 7th Street
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A small restaurant specializing in arepas, the Venezuelan answer to empanadas. They also serve Venezuelan empanadas, salads, desserts, etc., and very good fresh-squeezed juices. You may have to wait on line for a table at peak hours, but it is a very relaxing place to eat at the bar on off-hours. Prices have increased substantially ($6 for one arepa), but the lunch specials are still the best value.
Serves Moroccan, French, and Middle-Eastern cuisine, all dependably good. The cafe is especially popular for weekend brunch, but a very good breakfast/brunch is available every day of the week. More dishes are on the brunch menu on weekends, but you are likely to wait a half hour or more for weekend brunch during peak hours.
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Cafe Mogador
101 Saint Marks Pl # 1
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Serves Moroccan, French, and Middle-Eastern cuisine, all dependably good. The cafe is especially popular for weekend brunch, but a very good breakfast/brunch is available every day of the week. More dishes are on the brunch menu on weekends, but you are likely to wait a half hour or more for weekend brunch during peak hours.
The high holy Temple of Pastrami!
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Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
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The high holy Temple of Pastrami!
A must if you like Lox and all smoke fish. This is the store but they also run a cafe.
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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St
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A must if you like Lox and all smoke fish. This is the store but they also run a cafe.
The East Village’s coffee game is strong, but Coffee Project is taking things to a whole new level. You might think you’ve had coffee, but you haven’t had coffee like this. From a deconstructed latte (in three parts) to international coffee alternatives like a Korean grain-based drink called misugaru, the Coffee Project NY is taking your brew to a whole new level. This isn’t the kind of place where you drink and run, so prepare to sit down and savor the magic that’s put in front of you.
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Coffee Project NY
239 E 5th St
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The East Village’s coffee game is strong, but Coffee Project is taking things to a whole new level. You might think you’ve had coffee, but you haven’t had coffee like this. From a deconstructed latte (in three parts) to international coffee alternatives like a Korean grain-based drink called misugaru, the Coffee Project NY is taking your brew to a whole new level. This isn’t the kind of place where you drink and run, so prepare to sit down and savor the magic that’s put in front of you.
While ramen gets a whole lot of shine these days, anyone who’s been to Japan will tell you that there’s a lot more to the sport of slurping than just the late-night classic. Udon, with its thick noodles and rich editions, is hardier than its thin-noodled counterpart, and Raku has the udon game down pat. And it’s not just for the cold weather—it’s actually good for your body to eat hot soup in the summer, so this is a year-round must hit.
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Raku
342 E 6th St
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While ramen gets a whole lot of shine these days, anyone who’s been to Japan will tell you that there’s a lot more to the sport of slurping than just the late-night classic. Udon, with its thick noodles and rich editions, is hardier than its thin-noodled counterpart, and Raku has the udon game down pat. And it’s not just for the cold weather—it’s actually good for your body to eat hot soup in the summer, so this is a year-round must hit.
Talk to any California transplant in New York, and they’ll tell you there’s no good Mexican food here. They’re dead wrong, and Miscelanea is why. This chic little grocery has all the Mexican food staples you could want, with lovely new-Village touches like dairy-free vegan horchata.
Miscelanea NY
63 E 4th St
Talk to any California transplant in New York, and they’ll tell you there’s no good Mexican food here. They’re dead wrong, and Miscelanea is why. This chic little grocery has all the Mexican food staples you could want, with lovely new-Village touches like dairy-free vegan horchata.
Brooks Headley is a monster. The former Del Posto pastry chef turned slinger of veggie burgers used to play in a metal band, but that’s not what makes him a beast. He’s a beast for turning his veggie burger pop-up into one of the most talked-about brick-and-mortar burger shops in the city. It’s totally worth the hype (and the line). The signature burger is meatless perfection, but don’t stop there—the sides are super inventive, and the labneh soft serve is a swirly cup of heaven.
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Superiority Burger
430 East 9th Street
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Brooks Headley is a monster. The former Del Posto pastry chef turned slinger of veggie burgers used to play in a metal band, but that’s not what makes him a beast. He’s a beast for turning his veggie burger pop-up into one of the most talked-about brick-and-mortar burger shops in the city. It’s totally worth the hype (and the line). The signature burger is meatless perfection, but don’t stop there—the sides are super inventive, and the labneh soft serve is a swirly cup of heaven.
A new favorite - California-inspired farm-to-table gem Narcissa. In addition to having charm for days, and a garden that’s an oasis of calm, Michelin-starred chef John Fraser takes the freshest produce, and elevates it to entirely new realms of delicious.
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Narcissa
25 Cooper Square
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A new favorite - California-inspired farm-to-table gem Narcissa. In addition to having charm for days, and a garden that’s an oasis of calm, Michelin-starred chef John Fraser takes the freshest produce, and elevates it to entirely new realms of delicious.
At Rosie's, you can get the familiar standbys, like quesadillas and tacos, as well as some harder-to-find eats like Sikil Oak, a mayan pumpkin seed dip. The drink menu is just as impressive, with flavorful margarita flavors like passion fruit-habanero. If you're craving variety, order a tequila or mezcal tasting flight to pair with your meal.
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Rosie's
29 E 2nd St
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At Rosie's, you can get the familiar standbys, like quesadillas and tacos, as well as some harder-to-find eats like Sikil Oak, a mayan pumpkin seed dip. The drink menu is just as impressive, with flavorful margarita flavors like passion fruit-habanero. If you're craving variety, order a tequila or mezcal tasting flight to pair with your meal.
Featuring classic Greek favorites with a gourmet twist, Pylos is the next best thing to hopping a plane to Athens (or hopping on the 7 train to Astoria). Even though they keep it upscale, you'll find plenty of your favorite standbys here, like moussaka and spanakopita. An enthusiastic waitstaff, mostly Greek themselves, will also be happy to provide recommendations for less-familiar dishes with gusto. I was taken here by a greek friend who was feeling homesick for good greek food. The dinner was fabulous!
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Pylos
128 East 7th Street
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Featuring classic Greek favorites with a gourmet twist, Pylos is the next best thing to hopping a plane to Athens (or hopping on the 7 train to Astoria). Even though they keep it upscale, you'll find plenty of your favorite standbys here, like moussaka and spanakopita. An enthusiastic waitstaff, mostly Greek themselves, will also be happy to provide recommendations for less-familiar dishes with gusto. I was taken here by a greek friend who was feeling homesick for good greek food. The dinner was fabulous!
A much-beloved neighborhood favorite of mine, Lucien has all the hallmarks of a French bistro: fading mirrors, steak frites, and not much elbow room. Approaching two decades of business, they stick to the standards that got them a loyal following. If you want the latest fusion cuisine, look elsewhere. Here, you'll get the basics, traditionally prepared, as satisfying as they are recognizable. Sometimes, it's just what you need.
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Lucien
14 1st Avenue
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A much-beloved neighborhood favorite of mine, Lucien has all the hallmarks of a French bistro: fading mirrors, steak frites, and not much elbow room. Approaching two decades of business, they stick to the standards that got them a loyal following. If you want the latest fusion cuisine, look elsewhere. Here, you'll get the basics, traditionally prepared, as satisfying as they are recognizable. Sometimes, it's just what you need.
Sushi lovers rave about this sushi sanctuary where you'll find every kind of roll under the sun–and if they don't have exactly what you want, you can design your own sushi à la carte. In addition to classic sushi at affordable prices, you can also order Takahachi's popular kushiyaki skewers. For as little as $1.50 a pop, you can snack on shishito peppers, okra and bacon, or squid, grilled to perfectio
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Takahachi
85 Avenue A
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Sushi lovers rave about this sushi sanctuary where you'll find every kind of roll under the sun–and if they don't have exactly what you want, you can design your own sushi à la carte. In addition to classic sushi at affordable prices, you can also order Takahachi's popular kushiyaki skewers. For as little as $1.50 a pop, you can snack on shishito peppers, okra and bacon, or squid, grilled to perfectio
Biscuit fans, look no further. Root & Bone is comfort-food heaven, from the bomb biscuits to the melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken. Its elevated classic-American cuisine includes inventive twists, like cheddar waffles and drunken deviled eggs. Aside from serving up some of the fanciest down-home grub you've ever had, Root & Bone is also committed to locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
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Root & Bone
200 East 3rd Street
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Biscuit fans, look no further. Root & Bone is comfort-food heaven, from the bomb biscuits to the melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken. Its elevated classic-American cuisine includes inventive twists, like cheddar waffles and drunken deviled eggs. Aside from serving up some of the fanciest down-home grub you've ever had, Root & Bone is also committed to locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
'Stepping into Lil' Frankie's feels like stepping into an old school pizza parlor (i.e. dark wood paneled and brick walls with bar tables and an ample amount of hanging plants), only the East Village scene makes it just a tinge hipper. I love the salame piccante with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil, or the spaghetti limone. Buon appetito!
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Lil' Frankie's
19 1st Avenue
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'Stepping into Lil' Frankie's feels like stepping into an old school pizza parlor (i.e. dark wood paneled and brick walls with bar tables and an ample amount of hanging plants), only the East Village scene makes it just a tinge hipper. I love the salame piccante with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil, or the spaghetti limone. Buon appetito!
If you're willing to wait, the food at Tim Ho Wan will be worth your while. Not only is the dim sum delicious, but the prices are cheap enough to make you do a double take when the check comes. Definitely order the BBQ pork buns, which the restaurant is known for, and at least two varieties of dumplings. Going with a crowd will ensure you can try as much of the menu as possible. Just beware that it might be over an hour before you actually sit down and eat. We suggest leaving your phone number and getting a drink in the meantime.
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Tim Ho Wan
85 4th Ave
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If you're willing to wait, the food at Tim Ho Wan will be worth your while. Not only is the dim sum delicious, but the prices are cheap enough to make you do a double take when the check comes. Definitely order the BBQ pork buns, which the restaurant is known for, and at least two varieties of dumplings. Going with a crowd will ensure you can try as much of the menu as possible. Just beware that it might be over an hour before you actually sit down and eat. We suggest leaving your phone number and getting a drink in the meantime.
Crif is not serving up your average NYC boiled dog with mustard and relish. The offerings here are smoked and deep-fried with a smorgasbord of inventive toppings and names (e.g. the chihuahua) — there's not a single humdrum or overpriced option to choose from.
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Crif Dogs
113 Saint Marks Place
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Crif is not serving up your average NYC boiled dog with mustard and relish. The offerings here are smoked and deep-fried with a smorgasbord of inventive toppings and names (e.g. the chihuahua) — there's not a single humdrum or overpriced option to choose from.
Soul food or food for the soul? Bobwhite Counter knocks both of those dining possibilities out of the park. The sizzling deep fried chicken, decadent mac and cheese, and fresh collard greens, will undoubtedly nourish your foodie souls. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the unbeatable prices: $10 for grub and $4 for a brew. Hallelujah!
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Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter
94 Avenue C
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Soul food or food for the soul? Bobwhite Counter knocks both of those dining possibilities out of the park. The sizzling deep fried chicken, decadent mac and cheese, and fresh collard greens, will undoubtedly nourish your foodie souls. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the unbeatable prices: $10 for grub and $4 for a brew. Hallelujah!
Esperanto (meaning "hopeful person") is a Latin American-inspired foodie haven in the East Village. Stop by for affordable and colorful eats in a buzzy, live music setting. The dinner plates are delectable and the $30 bottomless brunch is superb for Sunday groups.
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Esperanto
145 Avenue C
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Esperanto (meaning "hopeful person") is a Latin American-inspired foodie haven in the East Village. Stop by for affordable and colorful eats in a buzzy, live music setting. The dinner plates are delectable and the $30 bottomless brunch is superb for Sunday groups.
This restaurant is about more than food. It’s a philosophy: of vegan food, peace, love, and understanding. Amid the many raw and gluten-free options, you will find dishes that will definitely fill you up, like the heavier pastas, burritos, and quesadillas.
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Caravan Of Dreams
405 East 6th Street
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This restaurant is about more than food. It’s a philosophy: of vegan food, peace, love, and understanding. Amid the many raw and gluten-free options, you will find dishes that will definitely fill you up, like the heavier pastas, burritos, and quesadillas.
This is not your average taco joint. Black Ant is an elevated Mexican eatery that puts an inventive flair on traditional dishes. Think cactus fries, guacamole with pomegranate and mangos, and grasshopper tacos, to name a few. The space itself is dark, festive, and inviting — the perfect spot for date night or an evening out with friends.
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Black Ant
60 2nd Avenue
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This is not your average taco joint. Black Ant is an elevated Mexican eatery that puts an inventive flair on traditional dishes. Think cactus fries, guacamole with pomegranate and mangos, and grasshopper tacos, to name a few. The space itself is dark, festive, and inviting — the perfect spot for date night or an evening out with friends.
Haters to the left. There is now a high-end vegan restaurant in New York City, and the dishes are actually delicious. The menu is divided into three categories—toast, hot, and cold—with plenty of carbs throughout to make sure you’re actually full when you leave. Full, and oh so healthy to boot! Not Cheep though...
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Avant Garden
130 E 7th St
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Haters to the left. There is now a high-end vegan restaurant in New York City, and the dishes are actually delicious. The menu is divided into three categories—toast, hot, and cold—with plenty of carbs throughout to make sure you’re actually full when you leave. Full, and oh so healthy to boot! Not Cheep though...
Do you miss your grandma? Or the little Italian nonna you never had? If so, try Frank, which resembles the home of a little old lady, down to the picket fence and flower boxes out front. Inside, there’s quaint, eclectic furniture and hearty fare, like spiced meatloaf and homemade gnocchi.
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Frank
88 2nd Ave
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Do you miss your grandma? Or the little Italian nonna you never had? If so, try Frank, which resembles the home of a little old lady, down to the picket fence and flower boxes out front. Inside, there’s quaint, eclectic furniture and hearty fare, like spiced meatloaf and homemade gnocchi.
New Yorkers love themselves a brunch. And if Prune’s eleven different varieties of Blood Marys don’t tempt you, the scent of its Dutch pancakes and creative egg dishes just might. But also try the dinner menu which is fab....roasted bone marrow on toast points is still one of my favorite eats ever. Rumor has it the is an Anthony Bourdain fav. Oh, and it’s very pretty inside, too.
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Prune
54 E 1st St # 1
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New Yorkers love themselves a brunch. And if Prune’s eleven different varieties of Blood Marys don’t tempt you, the scent of its Dutch pancakes and creative egg dishes just might. But also try the dinner menu which is fab....roasted bone marrow on toast points is still one of my favorite eats ever. Rumor has it the is an Anthony Bourdain fav. Oh, and it’s very pretty inside, too.
If you don’t like the heat, then stay out of Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese eatery opened a New York outpost in 2013, and patrons have been lining up to burn off their tongues ever since. While the Dan Dan noodles are a must, you should also try endless combinations of protein, noodle, and spiciness. Don’t worry too much, though: The kind waitstaff will walk you through the one-to-ten heat-level system.
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Han Dynasty
90 3rd Avenue
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If you don’t like the heat, then stay out of Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese eatery opened a New York outpost in 2013, and patrons have been lining up to burn off their tongues ever since. While the Dan Dan noodles are a must, you should also try endless combinations of protein, noodle, and spiciness. Don’t worry too much, though: The kind waitstaff will walk you through the one-to-ten heat-level system.
Ducks Eatery is a barbecue spot that tries to be more inventive than the typical sticky-sweet wings with a hunk of cornbread. Have we got your attention yet? There's the smoked whole goat neck, which is accented with bing cherries and yellow curry, and smoked, fried duck confit on a waffle. Fancy, yes. But more importantly, delicious.
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Ducks Eatery
351 E 12th St
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Ducks Eatery is a barbecue spot that tries to be more inventive than the typical sticky-sweet wings with a hunk of cornbread. Have we got your attention yet? There's the smoked whole goat neck, which is accented with bing cherries and yellow curry, and smoked, fried duck confit on a waffle. Fancy, yes. But more importantly, delicious.
Trying to declare the best pizza in New York isn't just difficult, it's insane. So it's better to pick your favorite type of pie and go from there. Gruppo has some of the crunchiest, flakiest thin-crust pizza in the city, and its toppings are pretty cool too – we recommend the Shroomtown or the Big Pineapple.
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Gruppo
98 Avenue B
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Trying to declare the best pizza in New York isn't just difficult, it's insane. So it's better to pick your favorite type of pie and go from there. Gruppo has some of the crunchiest, flakiest thin-crust pizza in the city, and its toppings are pretty cool too – we recommend the Shroomtown or the Big Pineapple.
I love to do my grocery shopping here. The prices are amazing, the people are super friendly, and I love to support locals...try the fish sandwich from the smoothie stand—it's only $4 dollars and it's freshly filleted from the monger next door. Also the fresh bread is just amazing.
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Essex Market
120 Essex St
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I love to do my grocery shopping here. The prices are amazing, the people are super friendly, and I love to support locals...try the fish sandwich from the smoothie stand—it's only $4 dollars and it's freshly filleted from the monger next door. Also the fresh bread is just amazing.
One of the best new restaurents in NYC.
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Wildair
142 Orchard Street
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One of the best new restaurents in NYC.
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The Fat Radish
17 Orchard St
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The most inventive vegetarian food in America.
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Dirt Candy
86 Allen St
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The most inventive vegetarian food in America.
Start your day off with a little something old and a little something new at this sit-down spin-off of iconic century-old appetizing store Russ & Daughters. All the classics are accounted for but repackaged as composed plates: silky smoked fish is best highlighted in bagel-and-schmear boards, and chocolate-webbed babka loaves are sliced and griddled as French toast. A few roe-topped latkes, and you’ll have enough fuel for a whole day of LES exploring.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard Street
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Start your day off with a little something old and a little something new at this sit-down spin-off of iconic century-old appetizing store Russ & Daughters. All the classics are accounted for but repackaged as composed plates: silky smoked fish is best highlighted in bagel-and-schmear boards, and chocolate-webbed babka loaves are sliced and griddled as French toast. A few roe-topped latkes, and you’ll have enough fuel for a whole day of LES exploring.
One of the best parts of Nicholas Morgenstern’s critics-darling parlor, aside from its far-flung flavors (banana-curry, salt-and-pepper–pine nut), is the late hours. Bustling until midnight on weekends, the scoop shop is a picture-perfect after-dinner retreat, with locals perched at spinning counter seats for behemoth banana splits.
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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
2 Rivington Street
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One of the best parts of Nicholas Morgenstern’s critics-darling parlor, aside from its far-flung flavors (banana-curry, salt-and-pepper–pine nut), is the late hours. Bustling until midnight on weekends, the scoop shop is a picture-perfect after-dinner retreat, with locals perched at spinning counter seats for behemoth banana splits.
Whether you’re craving a seasonally flavored muffin or a cold treat from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, this stroller-friendly bakery-café has what you need. Fill up on soup, salad or a sandwich for lunch; a burger, fried chicken or catch of the day for dinner; and eggs Benedict during the popular (i.e., crowded) weekend brunch.
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Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton Street
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Whether you’re craving a seasonally flavored muffin or a cold treat from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, this stroller-friendly bakery-café has what you need. Fill up on soup, salad or a sandwich for lunch; a burger, fried chicken or catch of the day for dinner; and eggs Benedict during the popular (i.e., crowded) weekend brunch.
Chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) brings his globally inflected small plates to an another AvroKO-designed fantasyland on the Lower East Side. A curated thrift store entrance before arriving in an elegant townhouse, gives this a speakeasy vibe. But the food offers comforting flavors—grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and mains like braised veal short ribs with a tangerine-BBQ glaze and onion rings. To drink there are updates on cocktail classics, like the B&E Pink Lady (gin, house-made grenadine, lemon, applejack), but for a free drink ladies head to the bathroom fro a free glass of bubbly.
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Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
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Chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) brings his globally inflected small plates to an another AvroKO-designed fantasyland on the Lower East Side. A curated thrift store entrance before arriving in an elegant townhouse, gives this a speakeasy vibe. But the food offers comforting flavors—grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and mains like braised veal short ribs with a tangerine-BBQ glaze and onion rings. To drink there are updates on cocktail classics, like the B&E Pink Lady (gin, house-made grenadine, lemon, applejack), but for a free drink ladies head to the bathroom fro a free glass of bubbly.