Peter Meehan knows what's up when it comes to food. For the past few years, Meehan has worked closely with Momofuku's David Chang - together they co-authored the Momofuku cookbook, and launched the awesome food journal, Lucky Peach. Before that, he wrote about food for The New York Times. As we said, Peter knows what's up.
Lucky Peach has been putting out truly beautiful quarterly magazines since 2011, and now they've got a newly revamped and equally killer website to keep the content flowing. So head over to luckypeach.com (and follow them on Twitter and Instagram too) - and then enjoy Peter's East Village-centric food picks. For even more, head over to our San Francisco site, where Lucky Peach editor-in-chief Chris Ying shares his SF Friday Fives.
peter's "perfect for" picks
"The EV used to have more of Polish GI's mom and pop vibes going on. Not so much anymore. I've been eating at this place routinely for years. There's a hot food case on the counter where you pay. Look inside. There's a savory blintz type thing that I realize now I don't even know the adult name for. I just go and point. You want the one with mushrooms and sauerkraut inside. Those are available and great from breakfast through the end of the afternoon. Their white borscht is the real deal. Their baked goods are Greenpoint's best. There's a whole bunch of other shit to know about Polish GI but that's a good starter kit."
"Here's one main detail: Abraco is waaaaaaaaaay too fucking small. Nowhere to stand or wait or pivot or anything. No matter, the coffee is killer — they make my favorite iced coffee, not that I'm an 'iced coffee person' because Jesus no not that — and the food. The food. Elizabeth Quijada, who owns and bakes and cooks there, is a criminally underrated talent; her sweet and savory dishes are always spot on. Lots of levantine flavors, sugar is always muted, texture always on point. Love that place."
"Here's something I like about Luke's: they took all the stupid extra money and complicated west village mystery out of getting a lobster roll. You go, you pay a fair price, you get a good one. Sometimes I think the play is to go halfsies with a coworker on a crab roll, but who am I kidding, I usually just get one of each. I can eat them so fast I don't even need to sit down."
"I know and love some of the more famous nuevo taqueros of downtown Manhattan, but you already know about Stupak and Bowien (and you should eat at their places!) But Diana's al pastor Cali-style burrito can double down on spot hitting as part of a eating-lunch-out-everyday lifestyle like mine. I dig the guacamole too, but a burrito and a tub of guacamole is too much, unless you've got a napping couch in your office, which we didn't (please notice the use of the past tense and, also, if anyone who works with me is reading this, can we buy a couch for the new office?)"
"While typing this list I realized this: I'm gonna miss the East Village location of Third Rail pretty terribly. They're right down the block, so I've had roughly 400 meetings there and bought probably 44,000 cups of coffee to try to keep myself upright and properly committed to the cause. They've got Doughnut Plant doughnuts, good little gluten-free cookies from Ovenly and some granola bars named after Diana Vreeland. The people who work there strike a delicate balance as baristas: they're really nice and thoughtful and considerate and still better looking and significantly hipper than you, or at least me."