East Village Eats

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

Minca

Where should I begin?  Minca has cured both colds & hangovers since I started going there in 2004. Even with Kuboya Ramen just next door & Rai Rai Ken not too far away, I still feel like Minca is the best ramen in the East Village (I have yet to try, Setagaya, Ippudo & Robataki which […]

Jin Restaurant Revisited

The food at Jin (252 Broome Street between Ludlow & Orchard Street) is way too good for just a single visit, so after a few months away, I went back for a second review.  Luckily the Happy Hour special was still in full swing when we arrived.  From 3:30-7pm during the week, there are several […]

Satsko Eldridge Closes

Sake Bar Satsko‘s more grownup & fancy sister, Satsko Eldridge (245 Eldridge St. between Houston & Stanton Street), has closed.  I knew business there has been slow for quite some time, but on Saturday the rumors were confirmed via a friend & today Bowery Boogie reveals that it’s due to nonpayment of taxes.

Fu Sushi (CLOSED)

Although I sing the praises of Takahachi, Fu Sushi is another great sushi spot in the East Village. It’s normally not packed to the gills, the staff are friendly & they serve up great food. I’ve been there a bunch of times, so basically here’s a rundown of what’s on offer.

Bond St

I’m going to start by saying that this is a post about the lounge downstairs at Bond St (6 Bond Street between Broadway & Lafayette) & not the restaurant upstairs.  The food comes from the same kitchen, but the dining experience can be as different as night & day (more on that later).  I’ve been […]

Village Yokocho

It’s funny how a bit of misfortune can turn into a good thing.  I had hoped to take my Mom to Ippudo on 4th avenue for some ramen, but the place was packed to the gills, so we headed east & wound up eating at Village Yokocho.  Not ramen, but we ended up enjoying ourselves.

Yakiniku West

A few weeks ago, a group of drunks & foodies (I fall into both categories) descended on 9th street to eat, booze & celebrate Dan‘s birthday at Yakiniku West (218 East 9th St. between 2nd & 3rd Avenue). Yakiniku is a Japanese Steakhouse, complete with a no shoe policy, loads of wood paneling, sunken seating […]

Kuboya Ramen

A few days ago I talked about Kuboya Ramen that popped up right next door to Minca, the much loved reigning champ on the block.  I questioned whether or not we need another Ramen spot on 5th street.  Well, I decided to check out Kuboya for myself & here’s my review.

Ramen @ Sake Bar Satsko

It’s no secret that I have a real soft spot for Sake Bar Satsko (further info here), the tiny east village restaurant & bar that over the years has become my go to place for good times.  I found out last week that the owner, Satsko Watanabe has begun making Pork ($12) & Vegetable ($11) Ramen on […]

Ramen Row!

Is there a Ramen War shaping up on 5th Street between Avenue A & B?  In one corner we have the reigning Champ, Minca Ramen Factory & in the other we have a newcomer, Kuboya Ramen (in the old Le Gamin space).  I’m glad to see that something is going into this address, but do […]

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