Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer.
You can expect no less from Han Dynasty, which was voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America and also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant smells like fresh wood and spices. The interior boasts dark wooden furniture and yellow walls lined with Asian oil paintings.
The Winslow, a U.K-inspired modern gin joint and eatery, has opened up in the East Village this past month. Indulge in some traditional British dishes here like fish and chips, scotch eggs, bacon-wrapped quail and crumpets galore. But aside from all the tasty English dishes- we know what you're really here for. The alcohol of course. Their extensive menu of gins includes names like Ford's Gin, Spring 44 Gin, Bombay, Beefeater 24, Death's Door Gin and more. Their drink menu isn't for the faint of heart.
That Burger has been called one of the best kept food secrets in New York, and we certainly wouldn’t disagree. It all started with the passion and determination of founder Dan Peterson, who spent years perfecting a custom burger blend using Pat LaFrieda short rib and brisket. Once he was satisfied with his creation, he opened That Burger Tent, a mobile food stand at the Williamsburg Flea. That Burger Tent took off, becoming a new mainstay of the weekend Flea food scene. Within a year, Peterson dropped the "Tent" and set up permanent shop inside two East Village bars, Billy Hurricanes (now Station B) and Idle Hands, where he expanded his menu to include delicious takes on comfort bar food like "tochos" (a tater-tot/nacho hybrid) and mind-blowing hot wings. Peterson doesn't mess around with his burgers, and he doesn't mess around with his wings: they were good enough to take second place in the 2012 King of the Wing competition, beating out 30 other NYC bars and restaurants.
Soho, NY-- we walked out of Los Perros Locos feeling dirty. Perhaps it was from the bright neon sign spewing an obscenity of pink all about, or maybe it was the strangely aphrodisiastic Mas Perfecto we tried--a hot dog blending NYC, Colombia, and just enough old school Miami. Whatever it was, we found ourselves wanting to watch, on VHS, the younger and more svelte Al Pacino introducing us all to his little friend. Yeah, that good kind of dirty.
Designed with a dinner party focus, this East Village newcomer, Feast, invites diners to “explore a certain tradition, protein or season” in form of a communal, sit down meal because it “is a more interesting way to eat.” When Chef Chris Meenan (former Chef de Cuisine at Veritas) and owner Brian Ghaw (Savoy Bakery in East Harlem) were brainstorming restaurant ideas for their new joint venture they both agreed that their favorite dining experiences were when they and their guests shared big family-style plates of food while enjoying long conversation.
Recently there has been an increase in the number of eateries focusing on healthy, clean-eating dishes, as more and more people are forming dietary restrictions and adapting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. With so many health-conscious eateries around the city, you no longer need to settle for tofu, bland veggie burgers, and "facon" to have a healthy, satisfying meal. Opening right before Hurricane Sandy, Table Verte in the East Village offers diners of all kinds, an approachable, flavorful meal consisting of market-fresh vegetable dishes using French culinary techniques. Even the most carnivorous meat-eater you know won’t be looking around for a burger after a dinner at Table Verte.
Even though Chef Miguel Trinidad hails from the Dominican Republic, he is no stranger to Filipino cuisine after spending extensive time in the Philippines studying the culture, the way of life and the food! As the head chef at the ultra-popular East Village-based Filipino restaurant Maharlika, Miguel has earned his spot as well-respected chef in New York City.
Proven more by the fact that Maharlika has won numerous accolades since it opened in 2011, including Best New Food in Time Out New York, Best New Restaurant by MetroMix, and Best Cocktail Drink from Tasting Table. We chat with the chef about the success of Maharlika, as well as his power teams new venture called Jeepney.
The East Village is home to some of the best boozy bars in the city, so it's no surprise that two new spots have opened up, dishing out creative cocktails.
Evelyn Drinkery is not only a cocktail mecca, but it's also budget friendly, which we all know is hard to find in the city that never sleeps. The cocktail bar resembles an old-style saloon, split distinctly into two parts -- the front room, which has masculine features such as wooden benches and exposed brick, while the back room has a more feminine appeal with banquettes and cocktail waitresses. The Drinkery is brought to you by Drummer Hoff Hospitality, which was founded by Jared Shepard, Justin August Fairweather, and Christian Sanders, who have had extensive experience in the cocktail industry. The cocktail program at the bar is broken down into four categories: juleps, collins, cocktails, and spirited phosphates. If you're wondering what that last one is exactly, it's booze-infused housemade sodas (carbonated cocktails are hot right now). Not only are their phosphate drinks to die for and their liquor concoctions unique and tasty, but they surprise you with a non-traditional pricing for the city, clocking in between $7 and $11. With bargains, booze, and an 'all are welcome' attitude, this is sure to be the new 'it' desitination this Fall.
For those looking for a different kind of event space, one that puts you in the open air of Manhattan, surrounded by a bustling neighborhood, say, the East Village, then the trustees of the New York Marble Cemetery should be on your call list.
In an effort to fund much needed restorations, the cemetery, which was built in 1830, and at the time was at the city’s northern perimeter, has hosted a slew of events ranging from weddings, film and television settings, and even ballet recitals.
While the last burial was in 1937, Caroline S. DuBois, one of the trustees, told the New York Times they were looking for ways “we could make the cemetery pay for itself.” The cemetery is, however, subject to the perils of New York City. Peter Van C. Luquer, a former trustee says he used to find hypodermic needs in the grass and used condoms and underwear in the trees.
But don’t let your imagination wander off in the dark depths of a Stefon Zolesky inspired party dream just yet, they don’t allow just anyone in!
Helming the kitchens at restaurants like Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori, and Marea, Michael White is easily one of the best chefs in NYC. So, like many other foodies, I eagerly awaited the opening of his much-anticipated Midwestern-style pizzeria, Nicoletta. His most casual restaurant to date, Nicoletta opened its doors in the East Village on June 15th. The 58-seat box-shaped space with high ceilings has minimal décor, boasting exposed brick walls, metal chairs, and marble-topped tables, each equipped with a built in pizza stand to maximize table space. 38 additional seats will be added outside. But let’s get to the pies…