Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Maggie's East Village

I live in the east village as well...I agree with most...Here are my additions.

Ramen- Mina on 5th between A and B

Go-To (Brunch/Lunch/Dinner) Cafe Mogador. How could you leave them out? French/Moroccan cuisine that cures all of my cravings..

Sushi- Takahachi on Ave A between 5th and 6th. Fresh, reasonable and daily specials. Kanoyama is also spectacular for the more adventurous.

Japanese Chicken Wings- Kasadela. Go on Mondays for the $10 wing sake or beer special.

Puerto Rican Roasted Chicken- Casa Adela. SO good and SO cheap. Go before 5pm for the roasted chicken, rice and beans and tostones. Don't forget the garlic sauce...and end with a condensed milk sweetened cafe con leche.

Vegetaria fix- Souen Noodle on 6th street.

In NYC ~ 3 nights. What am I gonna eat?

Casa Mono- Batali's Spanish restaurant for a romantic and delish evening.
Pizza- I would SKIP Lombardi's. It's not the thin slice NY Pizza we all love. I would hit up South Brooklyn Pizza on 1st avenue btw 7th & 8th for a slice. Or Joe's on 6th and Bleeker.
Cafe Mogador for Brunch on 8th btw 1st and A
Takahachi on Ave A btw 5&6 for sushi (totally affordable and great!)
Prune for Lunch on 1st st btw 1st and 2nd.
Cocktails - El Cobre on Ave A and 6th has Dark and Stormy's on tap ($5 during happy hour) Death and Co on 6th st, Fatta Cuckoo on Clinton (go on a friday/saturday for the bartender), Mayahuel (Tequila/Mezcal bar) on 6th.
Those are my go-to's.

Possibly a dumb question: Where to get beet juice in Manhattan?

juicy lucy on Avenue A between 5th and 6th

Affordable, non-adventurous restaurant in Manhattan

Fatta Cuckoo on Clinton St! Great cheap cocktails and yummy simple dinner!

Best restaurants to take someone who is new to NYC?

Spotted Pig, Frankies (any of them), Minetta Tavern, Freemans, Johnny's Pizza, The Breslin(more "sceney"), Mama's...

Simple and Delicious stuff....

If you were going to The Strand tonight where would you eat?

Fatta Cuckoo on Clinton...a walk but good cheap eats

Where should I eat in NYC?

don't go to Hide-Chan. It was very disappointing. I love Minca on 5th Street btw A and B. The basic ramen is creamy and delish (always get the thin noodle).

Meet and Eat: Jason Littrell, Bartender, Rising Star Award Winner

YEAH! Go Jason! You deserve it baby cakes!

Going Pro: Opinions on the Institute of Culinary Education?

I am a grad from the Culinary program at ICE (08) and LOVED it. A very dear friend and classmate took the Management program and was pretty disappointed. She ended up meeting with a different Management teacher after school once or twice a week to get more information. They did help her put a business plan together but after that, she thought it was a waste of time.

Where should I get BBQ in K-town?

I agree with mh275! It's BBQ, of course you are going to smell of smoke and meat...if you don't, I would say you missed out. I went to Madangsui and was VERY disappointed. When you go for Korean BBQ and there are no Koreans, you are at the wrong spot.

Northern Spy Food Co: All the Right Stuff?

nothing worse then a chef that doesn't season properly. thumbs down.

Disappointment At Your Local Fave

I just think that re-heating your food all during the week is disgusting. This isn't Grandma's house. You should most certainly say something. Everyone has given you great advice on what to say.

The Crisper Whisperer: Beyond Guacamole - 5 Ways to Use Avocados

1. Eel and avocado make the most glorious combo. The Salty sweetness of the bbq'd eel and the smooth butteriness of the avo make a match made in heaven. 2. Straight up avocado in the skin- add some coarse salt maybe a dash of olive oil and eat it with a spoon. The skin makes the perfect bowl.

The Brunch Dish: Chicken and Egg Sandwich at Northern Spy Food Co.

its hit or miss there.

What's the Weirdest Sandwich You Make?

Peanut Butter and Pickle sandwich on white bread.

Deborah Madison's Tangelo-Tangerine Pudding

The Tangelo-Tangerine Puddings from Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison have a lot of good things going for them. First off they're a gorgeous, vibrant shade of orange that brings to mind all sorts of happy things (sunshine, sherbet). Secondly, they are the perfect summer dessert—less than five minutes of heat on the stovetop then a chill in the fridge means you won't suffer from the dreaded summer kitchen sweats. And lastly, they are dairy-free, gluten-free, and even vegan if you opt to sweeten them with agave instead of sugar or honey. More