Neighborhood Guides

Must-See East Village

by staff, 03/03/2015

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  • Grab-and-Go Food
    Sometimes the folks zipping in and out of bars, shops, concert venues and comedy clubs in the East Village need to grab a quick bite; fortunately, the neighborhood offers ample choice for food on the go. Empire Biscuit on Avenue A is one such favorite, as is a St. Marks offshoot of Greenwich Village stalwart Mamoun's Falafel (it tends to be less cramped than the original). There's tons of cheap sustenance on St. Marks, including hot dogs and dollar pizza slices. Other area reliables: lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster, Venezuelan corn patties stuffed with meats, cheeses and veggie fare at Caracas Arepa Bar, slow-cooked pork at Porchetta, Montreal-style deli at Mile End and, well, what did you think you were going to find at Taco Bar? The fact that it's attached to the more upscale B Bar & Grill gives it some extra cachet. Don’t forget pizza at Two Boots, where the standouts are specialty slices with colorful names like the Larry Tate (a white pie with spinach and tomatoes) and the Cleopatra Jones (sausage and peppers). If you're looking for dessert in the warmer weather, stop by Davey's Ice Cream and Van Leeuwen for scoops of artisanal ice cream and the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop for soft-serve. Long story short: you won’t go hungry. And, of course, many of these places do offer comfortable places to sit in addition to the to-go option. —JZ

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