Otafuku x Medetai is a small Japanese street food restaurant in the East Village. It specializes in takoyaki (doughy balls stuffed with grilled octopus) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). They also make a dessert called Taiyaki, which is a fish-shaped puff pastry filled with Nutella and banana. We are big fans for takeout lunch, but they have a few counter seats if you want to dine in.
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Huertas is a Spanish restaurant in the East Village that makes every group dinner easier.
Virginia’s is a nice date night spot on Avenue C where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city.
Bruno in the East Village mills its own whole wheat flour, and tops its pizza with things like fermented tomatoes. It's...interesting.
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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
Gotham West Market is one of the better food situations in Hell's Kitchen, and Slurp Shop is the best part of Gotham West Market.
Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
Waiting in a line outside of any restaurant seems a bit silly to us, but Tomoe is arguably one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, as you will see by those patiently standing single file out front on most nights. And it certainly isn't the atmosphere that's got people queued up on Thompson Street. The place is a dump.
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Pylos is a longtime Greek restaurant in the East Village, and it's a perfect back-pocket spot.
886 is a casual Taiwanese restaurant on St. Mark’s in the East Village. It’s good for a fun and affordable group dinner.
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