The Garret East is a casual cocktail bar in the East Village, and Borrachito is a little taco spot all the way in the back of it. It’s in a semi-separate room with about eight little tables, although if you’d rather eat your tacos in the bar up front, they’ll bring them over for you. The tacos here tend to be on the meatier side - they have one called the “Pork Bomb,” which is really just a large mound of pulled pork, salsa, and chicharron on a tortilla. But we prefer the short rib one, and you might see us eating a couple of those here the next time we need a cocktail and a late-night taco in Alphabet City.
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Hearth has been one of the East Village’s best restaurants for over a decade, and it just got a whole lot lighter and leaner.
Avant Garden is a tiny vegan restaurant putting out some excellent, and very original food. You won’t find any veggie burgers here.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
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Taco Mix in Industry City is the second outpost of a famous counter spot in East Harlem that makes extremely good al pastor tacos.
Papatzul seems to be just more middle-of-the road Mexican that pairs acceptably with strong margaritas. It’s the kind of place where you have to yell at the person sitting across from you, and should probably order everything the moment you see your server because you might not see him again for a while.
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This is not a taqueria. This is a temple to the holy Mission burrito. Pray before it, lest you be forsaken.
The Immigrant is a beer bar on one side and a wine bar on the other. As far as East Village bars go, this is one of the nicer, calmer ones.
There are two Garrets in the city, and the one on the west side is a speakeasy above a Five Guys. It’s a cool space, but expect a crowd and top-40.
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