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Top 5 to visit while in New York

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  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Desserts

    203 E. 10th S New York NY 10003
    Chikalicious is a dessert bar/ice-cream shop that is perpetually packed, and the prices are as petite as the shop itself. With not much seating, pastry whizz Chika Tillman has designed her desserts to be easily hand-held and recently introduced to the menu - white macarons, fit nicely; one (or two) in each hand. The salted caramel or for the old school; saltwater taffy filled macaron is a favorite ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Pizza

    328 E 14th Street (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) New York NY 10003
    (212) 228-2004
    Frequented by David Chang of Momofuku fame and Keith Richards, you know what he is famous for don't you? Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery fans read like a papal blessing; these young entrepreneurs have made it into the New York Times, as well as other just as venerable publications. Unassuming though the store-front may be, it is what is inside that counts; this hotbed has made pizza history an ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Mexican

    23 Avenue A (at 2nd St) New York NY 10009
    (212) 529-2919
    You’ll find a delicious Havana inspired meal at Yerba Buena without any pretension. The fine dining experience begins with the stunning cocktails which include Pisco Guava and Desert Rose just to name a few of the standouts. From the menu you’ll want to try their Palmitos Fritos and the short ribs which are expertly cooked and incredibly tasty. The romantic ambiance and the top notch and phenomena ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:American (Traditional)

    54 E. 1st St. New York NY 10003
    212-677-6221
    This Critics' Pick is romantic American Nouveau bistro named after chef Gabrielle Hamilton - her childhood nickname. Her skill with the skillet is a blend of multicultural influences and is unpretentious. She offers a weekend brunch which is nothing short of phenomenal and the menus is inspired. Bloody Mary being the brunch staple - Prune offers ten variations on this theme. The "Chicago Matchbox" ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:American (New)

    163 1st Ave New York NY 10003
    (212) 475-7899
    For the first time in Momofuku history, counter dining is not possible at the new midtown venue in the Chambers Hotel. David Chang, Momofuku mastermind and Tien Ho, executive-chef-partner are responsible for this French-Vietnamese bistro. Thanks to Tien Ho, the humble hamburger is traditional and on the menu (he is Texan!) Still you never know quite what to expect when you enter a Momo, it is the ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Greek

    128 East 7th Street New York City NY 10009
    +1 212 473 0220
    Diane Kochilas, an authority on Athens food, consulted with Christo (owner)on this project and it's focus is on home cooked – rustic Greek food. The keftiko - clay baked lamb, duck, chicken and more is traditional and a "pylos" is a clay pot. In fact the ceiling of this eatery is hung with hundred of rather precarious looking pylos or is pyli? The entire wine list is Hellenic and this is as refres ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese, Japanese Sushi

    239 East 5th Street Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 979 1012
    This Japanese sushi restaurant is Michelin starred and literally translated means the “jewel box”. An imagery the glittering curved bamboo arches and blond wood interior personifies. Owned by Jack and Grace Lamb this unlikely restaurant is worth the trip out to the East Village for. This is the restaurant of choice for most sushi snobs and the general consensus is that JB serves the best sushi dow ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese

    5 Saint Marks Place New York NY 10003
    (212) 228-5086
    Yakitori Taisho may be famous or perhaps infamous for their mysterious “chicken chunk" and for waiting time. But patrons are flocking here for their own peculiar brand of Japanese soul food. The spectacle of sizzling chicken-gizzard skewers, fireballs and flaming fire-brands blasting by boisterous grill masters makes anything you order worth the wait for the sake of the floor-show. It is subterran ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese, Japanese Soba/Udon

    229 East 9th Street (Between Second and Third avenues) New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 533 6966
    Udon noodles and buckwheat soba are enjoyed hot and cold in Japan for both flavor and nutritional value. Soba-Ya brings udon noodles with shrimp and vegetable tempura (Nabeyaki) to the NYC East Village and with this, a venerable tradition. The menu is impressive, as is the choice of regional sake and friendly wait-staff will help you with choice. Authentic Japanese standards complete the menu with ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Mexican

    179 Avenue B 11th & 12th Streets New York City NY 10009
    +1 212 529 6490
    The mahi mahi tacos don't disappoint and in a nice celebrity story, a Mercadito aspiring actress/waitress saw Quentin Tarantino out for a walk, ran up to him, gave him a card and offered a round of drinks on her if he returned. He did, the next day, bringing along Benicio Del Toro – now that's a waitress who thinks on her feet! Patricio Sandoval is the Mexico City born chef-owner and Mercadito is ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese, Japanese Soba/Udon

    163 First Avenue (between 10th and 11th) New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 475 7899
    This first avenue critics pick encompasses more than just Japanese noodles, the genre is Asian: Southeast, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi and Korean; you may even find a soupçon of French skill.  Momofuku Noodle Bar is a hot-spot as all Momo's are, with a notable chef (David Chang). Ramen broth here is long simmered with chicken legs (70lbs), slabs of succulent Berkshire pork shoulder and fatty belly, r ... read more >
  • Categories: Night Life,  Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Asian Fusion/Pan-Asian, Korean

    207 2nd Avenue (at 13th Street) New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 254 3400
    Owner David Chang does it again with his Momofuku Ssam Bar in NYC. From start to finish, this iteration of the Momofuku restaurants is fantastic. The modern cocktails including the Sawyer is outstanding and is just one of the many cocktails on a modern menu with influences from NY, LA & NOLA. However, Momofuku Ssam Bar is especially well-known for their man-tou buns stuffed with a thick slice of ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Desserts

    342 East 11th Street & 1st Avenue New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 674 7070
    Veniero's Pastry Shop is home to some decadent and rich desserts. Best of all, the shop is open late so you can still get you sugar fix on when other stores have long since closed. Veniero's specializes in all kinds of cheesecake from their ricotta cheesecake to the NY style. Each time you have it is pure bliss. Pastry heaven awaits at Veniero's Pastry Shop.
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Vietnamese Banh Mi (Sandwiches)

    150 East 2nd Street (Avenue A) New York City NY 10009
    +1 212 388 1088
    The Vietnamese "sandwich", is what we were talking about in the intro; it is strongly influenced by the presence of the French in Vietnam. The co-owner of Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches has a wealth of experience with these specialized sandwiches and knows the tricks of the "banh mi" trade as her fathers' sandwich shop is the famous Sunset Park - An Dong. The portabello banh mi is awesome, but The ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese

    236 East 9th Street Between Second and Third avenues New York City NY 10003
    +1 212 353 8503
    Lovers of authentic Japanese street-fare love Otafuku, this food impresses like nothing outside of Japan. Fried octopus balls with scallion and ginger or takoyaki, yakisoba, okonomiyaki which is a type of cabbage pancake (much like a pizza) topped with pork, squid, shrimp, bonito flakes, mayo and seaweed are the order of the day. For those who know Japanese street food, know this kind of find is r ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Kosher/Jewish, Vegetarian/Vegan

    405 East 6th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A) New York City NY 10009
    +1 212 254 1613
    At Caravan of Dreams you'll find a range of cuisine, all vegetarian, vegan and Kosher. Caravan of Dreams is a lively East Village spot with daily live music and a menu comprised of Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Asian and Middle Eastern interpretations, all vegan-kosher. The Classic Nacho starter bursts with flavor, featuring a guacamole and salsa which tap-dances on your taste-buds. Simple flavors of ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese

    65 4th Ave (between 2nd Ave & 8th St) New York NY 10003
    (212) 388-0088
    Ippudo is a Japanese chain and the NY store is its maiden American opening. This is not a slurp and run noodle joint, it is however bustling, surprisingly modern and a large group of dining rooms. The hand-made ramen is the touted draw card, and these can be seen being made in a downstairs, windowed preparation room. While the ramen is good, the appetizers are great and I am not a great noodle fan ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Cafe/Coffee/Tea/Bakery

    230 E 9th St 2nd Fl New York NY 10079
    (212) 228-8030
    The claim to fame for Cha An is probably chef/owner, Tomoko Kato who did turns at the Russian Tea Room, and apprenticed with Bill Yosses at Bouley Bakery - he is the Obama's pastry chef . Opened in 2005, Cha An is extremely popular with visitors seeking their just desserts; it presents a delectable range of tea choices and sweet treats as well as savory appetizers. Décor creates a traditional Japa ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Italian

    215 E 4th St (between Avenue A & Avenue B) New York NY 10009
    (212) 539-1011
    In Vino's name is in part indicative of what the uninitiated can expect from this great East Village Italian eatery. Their wine selection is extensive, well balanced and very well presented. I did say in part though as the other noteworthy characteristic of in Vino is a truly memorable dining experience. One can choose from fave's like bowling ball sized meatball starters that would have grandma i ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Vegetarian/Vegan, Vietnamese Pho

    342 E 6th St (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave) New York NY 10003
    (212) 228-8325
    Lan Café is Southeast Asian, Vegetarian/Vegan, Vietnamese as owner Lan Nguyen swore she would never eat nor serve meat again. This decision was taken to thank Buddha, when her mother recovered from a serious illness. It feels as though you are dining inside someone's home as the décor is living-room simple. All meals are freshly prepared and the tofu-lightened pho is deliciously cooked to order. S ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Vietnamese Banh Mi (Sandwiches)

    37 St. Mark's Pl (between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) New York NY 10003
    (347) 892-2614
    There are only so many places where no bánh mì has gone before – and this husband and wife team seem determined to find them, wherever they may be. If you are looking for a bold juicy in-house-made meat sandwich, an explosion of bread and meat features, together with all the general accoutrements then you need to visit Baoguette Cafe. If you want it spicy, you will get it hot, but you could always ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Vegetarian/Vegan

    430 E 9th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) New York NY 10009
    (212) 228-7732
    The rationale behind the name Dirt Candy comes from Pure Food and Wine alumni and owner Amanda Cohen, and this is essentially her philosophy. Although we are loath to cut meat out from our diet, the starch heavy menu was just too appealing to miss out on an opportunity for some very fine dining. We are talking pickled shiitake topped grits with a tempura poached egg. Committed carnivores leave Dir ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Japanese Shabu-Shabu

    216 E 10th St (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave) New York NY 10003
    (212) 477-2972
    Fondue fetishists love this messy food fun, and Shabu-Tatsu East Village is proving popular with a generation of diners who never got to enjoy the retro of 1970's fondue pots. This Japanese dining staple is perfect for more western tastes, where raw food does not have quite the appeal it has in Asia. You either love it or hate it so start out with a pitcher or two of Sapporo to take off the edge. ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Hot Dogs

    113 St. Marks Pl (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) New York NY 10009
    (212) 614-2728
    New York; not Chicago, and definitely not LA, is the centre of the hot-dog universe and Crif Dogs, owned Brian Shebairo, proves this. These hot-dogs are not steamed, they are deep fried in vats of oil, and when you get them they glow with an almost kryptonite-like appeal. This locks in the rich dog flavor which explodes with fragrant steam as you bite into it. Crif Dogs can be purchased for a few ... read more >
  • Categories: Restaurants

    Neighborhood: East Village

    Cuisine:Belgian

    123 2nd Ave (between 7th St & St Marks Pl) New York NY 10003
    (212) 674-1234
    Pommes Frites; tater tots these are not and as small as this gourmet French fry shop is, it still turns out the best Belgian fries in town. Faux 19th-century French wood paneling, kitsch 60's Parisian pop tunes and sacks of potatoes decorate what is essentially a counter and register. But the compelling scent of the twice fried tubers, make this popular place too hard to pass up. They cook real ta ... read more >

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