In the East Village, there are good restaurants hidden everywhere - and K’ook is one of them. It’s a Korean spot in a plain little basement space that you could walk by without even noticing, and it’s where you can eat some rice cakes and fried chicken while you listen to K-pop. The menu is pretty big, with stuff like bulgogi, kimchi stew, rice rolls, and dumplings, and it’s some of the best homestyle Korean food you’ll find in the area. Portions are also large, and the prices are ideal for weeknights.
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Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
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Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
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Côte is a Korean barbecue place in Flatiron that looks kind of a like a nightclub and serves some high-quality beef. They also do a great prix fixe.
Kunjip is a Koreatown favorite, Perfect For a quick meal before you head to Madison Square Garden.
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A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.
Authenticity is the name of the game at Somtum Der, an East Village restaurant with one other location – Bangkok. Follow our Food Rundown to navigate the huge menu and avoid the mediocre dishes.
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