Been There, Dun That: My Top East Village NYC Food Spots
September 1, 2017
I've found myself in a position at work that allows me to discover a whole lot of new restaurants and other fun food things, so I thought I'd start sharing some on this blog, as a series called "Been There, Dun That."
I'm kicking it off with some food spots in an area that I hang out a lot in: East Village. This area is full of amazing restaurants and bars that keep me coming back. From St. Mark's to Tompkins Square Park, I love how the area is so lively and unique.
74 East 7th St.
I fell in love with this charming little bakery, where its claim to fame are its incredible face cookies. Cupcake Market has become well-known on Instagram for its crying Kim Kardashians and Drakes with tear drops and when I saw them IRL, I was in awe. They even make custom face cookies (!!!) that are SO accurate (see above). You just email them a few photos and voila, you can have your very own face on a cookie. Each one is $16. I also love this spot because Sarah Silverman, the owner, is the sweetest human. Everyone who works there is so darn nice and it's such a pleasant experience. You can also get delicious cupcakes and cakes. Check out my video below:
Mother of Pearl
95 Avenue A
This is the tropical oasis you've been looking for, right in the heart of the big city. Mother of Pearl serves Hawaiian-inspired dishes and super fun cocktails. I met up with its mixologist Jane Danger and she showed me how she makes some of her signature drinks: the Shark Eye, Sugar Cane Magik and Taste The Rainbow. Fun fact: she has an awesome collection of colorful and patterned straws at the bar.
122 East 7th St.
Who knew that an all-cream cheese cafe would ever be a thing? Well here in New York, we have recently-opened Becky's Bites to fulfill all of our cream cheese dreams. For example, I never knew how much I'd need Bacon, Egg and Cheese flavored cream cheese in my life. Becky's Bites serves bagels that are smaller than your average ones, so you can try different flavors (or you can get bagel sticks, if you're more into dipping). Snack packs are also available, a throwback to those Dunkaroo days.
...and there's more:
Ichibantei (401 East 13th St.) - If you're in the mood for some deliciously salty ramen and crispy fried chicken, plus a hint of Reggae vibes, this is the spot for you. I walked by this place so many times before finally wandering in and I'm so glad I did. A very casual vibe and great food and drinks!
Hearth (403 East 12th St.) - I've been to this restaurant for brunch and dinner and I love how the menu always changes — it uses local, seasonal ingredients, so the menu is a little bit different every few months. It's a nice date spot (my boyfriend and I LOVE it). The food is Italian-inspired and there's some great drinks.
Crif Dogs & Please Don't Tell (113 St. Mark's Pl.) - Crif Dogs is a hole-in-the-wall hotdog joint that is INCREDIBLE. My go-to hotdog is the "Good Morning," which is a hotdog wrapped in bacon with a fried egg on top.......YUM. Then to top off the awesomeness of Crif Dogs, there's a hidden speakeasy bar behind an old school telephone booth, called Please Don't Tell. Yes, it can be a bit touristy, but I still love taking my friends there whenever they're in town. You enter through the phone booth, but if you don't make a reservation, you'll need to get there a little before it opens (the line starts and it gets busier throughout the night). The cocktails are the bomb though, so I'd say it's worth it!
Frank (88 2nd Ave.) - This is my go-to homestyle Italian restaurant. It's super cozy and cute and the food is just so delicious. Pasta for dayyyyys.
What are your favorite East Village spots?
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