East Village Eats

Food & Drink recommendations straight from the East Village, New York City


As part of my first visit to Eataly a few weeks ago, I stumbled on Manzo & decided to get some lunch.  There are a bunch of restaurants in the sprawling store, but this one really caught my eye.  Manzo means ‘Beef’ in Italian, so by the name & the logo, you can guess what’s […]

Live Bait

Southern & Cajun cuisine ranks pretty high on my favorite food to eat, so I’ve been slowly trying to cross of as many restaurants in the city as I can.  This week it was Live Bait’s turn.  I’ve passed by the place a bunch of times, but never eaten there.  While researching places for lunch, […]


Eataly opened with much fanfare a year ago, but I decided to hold off & wait. Luckily Hurricane Irene had everyone running scared this weekend, so I decided to head there on Monday in the hope that it would be pretty empty.  Even though they were celebrating their 1 year anniversary with deep discounts on 44 items in […]

Petite Abeille Revisited

After the amazing meal my family had at Petite Abeille (401 East 20th Street at 1st Avenue) last summer, I decided to go back on with my mother on a lazy Saturday.  As soon as we entered the restaurant, I could feel a change in the vibe from our previous visit.  There were strollers everywhere […]

Ten Ten

I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to trust my parents’ dining recommendations again. A few weeks ago they ate at Ten Ten (413 2nd Avenue at 24th Street) & raved about how nice they were & how good the meal was. We decided to order delivery […]

Petite Abeille

The family (well 4 out of 6 of us) got together last night for dinner at a Belgian restaurant that we pass frequently.  Petite Abeille (401 East 20th Street) is a pretty bustling restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating right on the corner of 1st Avenue.  It being Belgian, we were immediately thinking Moules Frite, […]


I recently went to Republic with my Mom for an early dinner.  I haven’t been there in a while, so I was really looking forward to the meal.  It was pretty empty, so we were seated immediately.  Normally I order the curried duck noodles (which are really tasty), but this time I decided to opt for […]


This post is a few weeks late, but I’ll try to remember the meal as accurately as possible.  Back in Early June, we took my Dad to dinner at Barbounia (250 Park Avenue South at 20th Street) for his birthday.  I’d never been there before, but my brother knows one of the partners, Alon and […]

Pete’s Tavern

I braved the snow earlier today to meet my father & brother at Pete’s Tavern (ignore the lack of snow in the photograph, this one’s from the summer), it’s a bit out of my usual stomping grounds, but what the heck. Just from the exterior, you can tell that this place is old, a plaque by the […]