New York Journals

Eating in the East Village

A January 2007 trip to New York by Safiri

Quote: Eat good, cheap food in the land of the hipsters. Sushi, Afghan, pizza, and cafes from which to watch people in Mohawks and vintage chic.

Eating in the East Village

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Overview

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The area known as the East Village gained its name through gentrification. South of 14th St, north of Houston, and east of... where's the boundary?... probably 3rd Avenue, it used to be part of the Lower East Side, an area full of old tenement buildings (you can hear the ghosts of tubercular coughs), seedy clubs, and a general sense of ill-repute and available drugs. When Greenwich Village real estate prices started to go through the roof, realtors began advertising the northern reaches of the Lower East Side as the "East Village," hoping to trap the unwary. And it seems to have worked. The East Village, these days, is a kind of LES-lite: the hipsters still loiter here, and the streets are lined with ...Read More

Khyber Pass

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Restaurant

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Khyber Pass is an Afghan restaurant on St. Mark's Place. It has the essential features that make up a good Afghan place: - little pots on the table full of lemony, minty sauce; - window seats adorned with squishy pillows;- decor which includes both embroidered dresses tacked to the wall and a framed print of the famous National Geographic portrait of an Afghan girl; - and most importantly, a menu featuring scallion dumplings, lamb and eggplant ragouts, and creamy Afghan spinach.When confronted with this array of quality food and entertaining decor, I'm always surprised that Afghan cuisine isn't better known in the US. Such full, rich flavors! Such deliciously r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2007

Khyber Pass
34 St Mark's Place
New York, New York 10003
(212) 473-0989

Pizza Gruppo

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Restaurant

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Pizza Gruppo, located on Ave B just south of 12th St, is the best pizza for at least eight blocks around. That may not sound like much. But when you consider that almost every block in the East Village has some kind of pizza available, it's pretty high praise. Most of the pizza available nearby is sold out of glass storefronts, with slices of pre-fab pies waiting to be heated. Pizza Gruppo, on the other hand, is a to-order-only kind of joint, and the difference in quality is immense.The restaurant is tiny, with perhaps ten little tables and some seats at the counter. It's not the place to bring a large group, because they won't fit. But like many New York specialty restaurants, they make t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Pizza Gruppo
186 Ave B
New York, NY 10009
(212) 995-210

B Cup Cafe

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Restaurant

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Reviewing B Cup is a gesture of altruism on my part. I hope you appreciate it. If I had any sense I wouldn't spread the word, because B Cup is my favorite neighborhood café, and part of what makes it so great is that when there's a seat, the staff will let you sit there for hours, nursing the same cup of coffee and reading a book.There are dozens of coffee shops in the general vicinity of Tompkins Square Park. All are the kind of café where you order at the counter, then pick up your drink, sit down at a table, and wait for anything a little more complicated (say, a sandwich) to be brought out to you. Of the bunch, B Cup is the best for a quiet sit. It's run by a bunch of friendly young guys, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

B Cup Cafe
212 Ave B
New York, New York 10009
(212) 228-4808