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Inside the Wonderful Restaurant Stuck in a Tiny Coffee Shop

New York Craig Cavallo 6 comments

By day, Box Kite is a tiny cafe like many others in the East Village. But by night it turns into a remarkable restaurant serving surprisingly delicious and upscale food for such a small space. More

East Village's North River Does Brisket Burgers and Lamb Hash for Brunch

New York Nicole Lam 3 comments

Weekend brunches should be stress-free, but crowded old standbys can be anything but. North River, the new kid on the East Village block, offers a calmer respite. Chef Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko alum, has a brunch menu that's seasonal and crowd-pleasing. More

Epic Wait at Il Buco Alimentari? Where to Eat Instead

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

All good things come at a price, and for Il Buco Alimenti e Vineria, that means potential for a long wait at dinner. Where should you go if you can't wait out your meal? The neighborhood is full of Italian alternatives. More

Behind the Scenes: Making (and Setting Fire to) DBGB's Baked Alaska

Sweets Laura Togut 5 comments

[Photographs: Laura Togut] In my humble opinion, ice cream is basically proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy. So what could be better? I dunno... OH WAIT. ICE CREAM THAT YOU LIGHT ON FIRE. Enter the... More

Blue Ribbon Gets Into Fried Chicken Sandwiches

New York Rabi Abonour 6 comments

The Blue Ribbon from Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is the restaurant's first foray into the world of fried chicken sandwiches. With a good crust and spicy peppers, it certainly has something to offer. More

Go for Lunch at Hi-Collar, the East Village's Japanese Coffee and Sake Bar

New York Nicole Lam 10 comments

A cafe by day and a sake bar by night, Hi-Collar brings two highlights of Japanese cuisine under one roof. But the lunch menu is worth a visit all its own. More

East 12th Osteria's Brunch is More Than Eggs and Pancakes

New York Nicole Lam Post a comment

If you're looking for more than just standard egg dishes for brunch, go to East 12th Osteria where you'll get a home cooked Italian meal and pastries. More

Nick Anderer's Best Eats in the East Village and Alphabet City

New York Bao Ong 2 comments

As a longtime resident on the east side of Manhattan, Nick Anderer has seen more restaurants pop up closer to the East River each year. The 35-year-old chef currently lives in Stuyvesant Town, not far from Maialino, where he's the head chef, and the East Village, where he lived before. He's discovered more favorites through years that he can keep track of, but Anderer shared his favorites with us this week. More

Chili Cheese Tater Tots at Crif Dogs

New York Marissa Sertich Velie 3 comments

Well-crisped tater tots, gloriously yellow cheese sauce, and a sweet tomato-y chili make for a great snack with your hot dogs. More

Don Lee Does More Than Just Seventies Cocktails at Golden Cadillac in NYC

Drinks Roger Kamholz 1 comment

As drinkers tire of the (sometimes faux) gravitas that weighs down haute cocktailing, places like Golden Cadillac make more and more sense. Whether or not the cocktail program is successful is a more complicated question. More

A Tour of the East Village's Borscht Belt Restaurants and Lunch Counters

New York Max Falkowitz 22 comments

The East Village's borscht belt takes all comers, old foreigners next to fresh new faces, forming one of the city's most democratic public spaces. And come icy winters, their bowls of chicken soup and plates of potato dumplings satisfy like nothing else. Here's a roster of the old timers that are still standing, with field notes on what to order. More

Ask the Critic: The Best of Alphabet City

New York Carey Jones 4 comments

This week on Ask the Critic: Getting to know Alphabet City. More

Epic Wait at Momofuku Noodle Bar? Where to Eat Instead

New York Max Falkowitz 5 comments

A decade after opening, the crowds still line up for David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar. Stuck with a long wait and need an easy-to-get-into, low-key alternatives nearby? Here are some recommendations. More

Mexico City-Style La Palapa Offers Mostly Hits, With Some Misses

New York Craig Cavallo 3 comments

This is La Palapa's 14th winter since Barbara Selby, a native to Mexico City, opened the restaurant. The good intentions (and much of the good food) are still there, but without Sibley in the kitchen, some of her passion for Mexico's cuisine can get lost in translation. More

Macaron Parlour Upgrades the Brownie Bar

New York Niko Triantafillou 4 comments

With layers of brownie, caramel, and peanut butter white chocolate, this dense dessert gives the candy bar an upgrade. More

Get Your Goulash On at Korzo Haus

New York Nicole Lam 6 comments

Though their claim to fame is the fried Korzo Burger, they also have some choice central European fare. On a cold winter's day, nothing is better than the Spicy Hungarian Goulash ($5 small / $15 large). More

After 16 Years, Lucien French Bistro Still Has Plenty to Say

New York Craig Cavallo 2 comments

Lucien is the sort of place you can go when you know what you want to eat, so long as what you want to eat is classic bistro fare. There's risk in running a restaurant so traditional—the food needs to be articulate and speak to guests in special, intimate ways, less the whole concept prove hollow and soulless. Lucien opened in 1998. After 16 years, the restaurant's got a way with words. More

Odessa's French Toast Forever

New York Jamie Feldmar 2 comments

I don't remember exactly when I ate at Odessa (the restaurant) for the first time—it was in 2005 or 6, in a boozy haze, probably around the same time that a college friend was bartending at Odessa (the bar) next door, specializing in a variation of a Long Island Iced Tea with an unprintable name (okay, we'll print it—scroll down). I do remember that Odessa (the restaurant) made an excellent French toast, using fluffy challah bread so thoroughly soaked in eggy goo that it became almost like a caramelized bread pudding when it hit the flattop. More

Sigmund's Brunch is Comfort Food With Pretzels

New York Nicole Lam Post a comment

Last summer, Sigmund's went through a total transformation from quick snack shack to friendly neighborhood restaurant. With beer taps and a full menu, they also serve a weekend brunch of the classics—but pretzel-ized. More

JoeDough Has a Leg Up On Your Favorite Breakfast Sandwich

New York Remy Robert Post a comment

Some days, nothing will do but a greasy sandwich. And should you find yourself wandering the East Village on such a day, JoeDough would be a good start. The tiny shop sticks outlandish versions of classic sandwiches, and their Breakfast Sandwich elevates the basic bacon, egg, and cheese just enough to make its $6 price tag count. More

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