Out to C
by Julie Besonen, 04/23/2014
Barnyard Cheese Shop photo by Will Steacy • Animals photo by Jen Davis
Alphabet City's Avenue C is off the beaten path, a shabby-chic enclave well worth a detour. Side streets are blooming with community gardens, boutiques, art galleries, bars and restaurants. The avenue itself, running from Houston to 14th Street, features a stimulating melting pot of eateries. For a daytime nosh, Barnyard Cheese Shop and Animals (attached to the Wayland, a great honky-tonk) construct scrumptious sandwiches. Nighttime is a multilingual affair, with choices ranging from the Bavarian beer garden Zum Schneider and rustic Austrian outpost Edi & the Wolf to pan-Latin and Brazilian accents at Esperanto. At Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, not much bigger than a birdhouse, the fried chicken, fried catfish and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches are down-home Southern goodness. For authentic, unsurpassed Serbian, Puerto Rican and Cuban specialties, plus some other culinary standouts, read on.