This Japanese spot in the East Village specializes in a made-from-scratch, slow-simmered, thick curry that’s served with rice, ramen, or udon, as well as toppings like pork katsu or shrimp. No matter which of the 15 options you choose, each bite takes you on a trip from sweet to bitter to spicy (depending on the heat level you choose). And then there’s the yaki curry - a thick, absolutely fantastic mix of curry, ground beef, and rice served under a layer of charred, melted cheese. It fought winter, and it won.
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El Riconcito is a Dominican restaurant in the East Village that’s been around for over 20 years and makes some fantastic mofongo.
Drop Off Service
Drop Off Service is a useful bar to know about in the East Village - it’s never as crowded as it seems.
A legendary East Village Italian restaurant that we have decided we can now only visit when nobody else will be eating there. Like at 3pm on a Tuesday.
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Trad Room has mostly-Japanese food and a space in Bed-Stuy that looks like they decorated it with all the best items from a vintage thrift store.
Kajitsu in Murray Hill is such a special place that it deserves to be part of the conversation when it comes to essential New York restaurants.
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Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves some of the best udon in the city.
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