The East Village is home to restaurants of all different cuisines, making for an extremely well balanced diet if you’re lucky enough to live in the neighborhood. From great pizzerias to homestyle Italian to some of the city’s best ramen and more, the East Village is undoubtedly one of NYC’s top destinations for foodies.
If you’re in the mood for homestyle Italian, Frank on 88 2nd Ave is definitely the move. The restaurant brings diners authentic yet affordable Italian food that is served in a small rustic setting, with outdoor seating and an extensive wine list with over 750 options. Pastas are a good start, along with classic entrees (roasted rosemary chicken) and even some new age options (kale has been known to make a cameo on the specials). Authentic Italian grandma cooking right in your backyard, what more could you ask for?
When pizza is on your mind (ALWAYS, if you’re us) Motorino will not disappoint. The pizzeria is home to arguably one of the best Neopolitan pizzas in Manhattan and is located at 342 East 12th Street. One of the things that makes Motorino so good and authentic is their oven. Wood-burning and handcrafted in Naples to exact specifications, it was shipped across the Atlantic in one piece and required the restaurant to remove its façade to bring it inside. That kind of dedication is bound to result in a great pie. Their pizza ranges from the classic (margherita, soppressata) to the unusual (cherry stone clams) to the unique (Brussel sprouts and pancetta).
When you’re experiencing that noodle craze head to Ippudo, a restaurant that definitely lives up to its hype. The hotspot just recently unleashed a new vegetarian menu offering of sesame-based vegetarian broth that allows everyone to enjoy the ramen experience. For non-vegetarians: Be sure to order the tonkotsu pork ramen with house-made noodles and try to arrive there early enough to beat the line. Crowds gather for a good reason, this is Japanese comfort food at its very best.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings/afternoons when you you’re looking for a brunch spot to get your day started, Café Mogador is exactly what you need. The casual eatery is usually crowded on weekends but is definitely worth the wait. The spots features delicious Morrocan-inflected egg dishes like the Morrocan Bennedict, which is cooked with spicy tomato sauce and served over an English muffin. Other egg dishes include: blackstone eggs, eggs benedict, eggs Normandy and eggs Florentine. All egg dishes come with a choice of an expresso, a cappuccino or tea, along with a glass of fresh squeezed organic juice - quite an offering.
When you want to satisfy your craving for Soul Food, head to Root & Bone at 200 East 3rd Street. The restaurant is owned by Top Chef alum Jeff McInnis along with chef Janine Booth and their Southern-style plates include fried chicken, waffles, and macaroni & cheese - just to name a few favorites. Other plates include: heritage pork chop, short rib meat loaf and stuffed eggplant.
Be sure to make a trip to these tasty spots and let us know what you think!