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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Il Posto Accanto in the East Village is home to some of the best meatballs and pastas in town. Plus, it has a great wine list and open air dining.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Caracas Arepa Bar
Caracas takes pride in serving the most authentic Venezuelan food in the city. Who are we to disagree? This is by far and away the best Venezuelan restaurant we’ve been to. It’s also the only Venezuelan place we’ve been to.
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La Esquina Cafe & Taqueria
La Esquina may not be the most authentic Mexican in town, but it is one of the few establishments to properly spin everything we love about NYC restaurants into a taco.
Gran Electrica serves simple, excellent Mexican food and creative cocktails. It also has a great back patio.
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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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