Tasting Tour: East 7th Street
by Jessica Allen, 10/03/2012
Veggie black bean burger at 7A Cafe. Photo: Marley White
109 Ave. A (at E. 7th St.), 212-475-9001
111 Ave. A (at E. 7th St.), 212-982-9533
These two restaurants eye each other across East 7th. Both provide lively atmospheres and outdoor seating, and both have been around for a while. 7A Cafe serves standard American diner food 24/7, from burgers, wraps and sandwiches to nachos, chicken wings and mozzarella sticks. Brunch staples like French toast and frittatas come with your choice of a mimosa, screwdriver or other lazy-Sunday-appropriate beverage. Sunshiny yellow Yuca Bar serves "cocina latina," and its menu roams across the Caribbean and into South America. Popular items include guacamole, empanadas, taquitos and quesadillas. Among the drink specials are mojitos, margaritas, sangria and rum-based, house-made mixtures. Across the street is Tompkins Square Park, once a symbol of the City's—and the neighborhood's—struggles, now a testament to their successes. A stroll around its paths is the perfect way to walk off some of your East 7th Street indulgences.