Summer cocktail pick: Death & Co.'s the Head Spin, made with Tequila Cabeza Blanco, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange, House-made Kumquat Cordial, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, and vanilla syrup ($14). The kumquats are the secret ingredient: these mini-oranges are super sour but delightfully tasty and really add that je-ne-sais-quoi element.

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11:00AM on 07/07/2013

Snack Dragon is the answer to your drunken prayers, serving up late-night cheesy, spicy eats that won't make you miserable the morning after. Fresh, herb-packed tacos are served on homemade blue corn tortillas and are worth waiting for, along with the perpetually happy throng of bar hoppers craving chipotle-citrus marinated Carne Asada ($5) or Grilled Sole ($4).

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11:33AM on 05/23/2013

...But we think it sounds pretty damn good: Maine lobsta plus velvety melted gruyere cheese on two toasted slices of organic white bread. Top it off with a squash soup and wash it down with Shipwreck Ale and you'll have a fine, fine lunch.

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02:16PM on 01/08/2013

Check out super-chic new restaurant with some punk flair in the East Village, Exchange Alley. [menu]

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02:00PM on 09/06/2012
This East Village restaurant is hosting a crab boil every Tuesday night through the end of August. $58 buys you a seat in the garden for a healthy serving of crabs (10-11!) seasoned in a special blend, string beans, boiled new potatoes, corn on the cob, and cornbread.Tickets are available up to six days in advance.
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09:30AM on 08/13/2012
An East Village happy hourwith great drinks and oysters? Yes, please! From 5-7pm daily, score two-for-one cocktails ($10-$12) and oysters ($3 per oyster). Sip drinks like the Lion in London (gin, sweet vermouth, orange bitters) or The Street (vodka, green apple puree, fresh lemon) while indulging inBeau Soleils, Montauk Pearls,and Blue Points. [menu]
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11:00AM on 07/31/2012
Expect swagger from the decor to the eats and libations at this East Village spot.Order sharable plates likethe Grilled Artichoke & Lobster Turnovers and Spicy Soft Shell Lettuce Wraps, along with The Billionaire Cocktail (bourbon, Absinthe Bitters) or Lazy Lover (Cachaa, jalapeno infused chartreuse, thyme). [more info]
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09:00AM on 06/27/2012
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Oaxaca tacos have a way of always hitting the spot. All tacos come topped with your choice of meat, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, salsa, cilantro, avacado, and lime ($3.25, $9.95 for any 3 plus rice and beans). We highly recommend the Especiale. A recent taco of the day: Korean BBQ Short Rib Taco. Yum.

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11:00AM on 06/03/2013

Psst…Want to know a secret? That unmarked bar-restaurant on the Bowery is Wise Men, a sexy brand-new bar and restaurant. This sleek and modern bar is an ideal date spot where you’ll you’re your favorite Arcade Fire songs while sipping classic cocktails like the Perfect Rob Roy (Deward, Vermouth, Peychard Bitters, $12). The surprisingly to-die-for menu items: the Pork Chop (with mustard, onions, and peppercorn, $18) and the Broccoli (charred with lemon, olive oil, chili flakes, $8). They will the best pork chop and broccoli you’ve ever had, at the best new hotspot in NoHo.

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11:00AM on 04/14/2013

Butter Lane Cupcakes is trying to raise money for a new air-conditioner unit.  I found them on Smallknot, a Kickstarter-ish site for mom-and-pop businesses.  I like Smallknot's focus on community and of course I love Butter Lane.  If you want to help the cause, check out Butter Lane's campaign right here.

 

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01:12PM on 11/01/2012

Tucked away on the first floor of a quaint Gramercy townhouse is one of the best coffee shops in NYC: 71 Irving. They serve delicious brew from Irving Farms in addition to tasty treats like muffins, bagels, sandwiches, and more (their tuna sandwich on whole grain bread is a must try!). They have about 20 seats inside and a few seats outside.

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10:00AM on 09/01/2012
The East Village's former El Cobre space is now a gilded bar featuring pub fare and gin & tonics--on tap! Made with Bittermans Commonwealth liqueur and grapefruit bitters, G+T's are a mere $7. The rest of the cocktail menu (Pimm's Cups, Martinis, and Old Maids, pictured) is under $10 too.
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12:00PM on 08/08/2012
Meet the real pop stars of summer! This East Village stand turnsfresh fruit from local NY farms into frozen treats. The seasonal menu boasts delish Popsicle flavors like raspberry basil, blueberry apricot, and coffee + cream ($3.50 each). This week, Shave ice (pictured) comes in red plumb and rhubarb ($2.50). Visit their other locations on the High Line and Brooklyn for more icy treats. [more info]
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09:30AM on 07/20/2012
This new East Village gelato shop boasts twenty-four flavors made from natural ingredients that rotate daily. Our favorites are pistachio, cheesecake, and coffee. Sorbets like wild berry (pictured) are non-dairy and non-fat. Bonus: eco-friendly packaging. [the full scoop]
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06:50AM on 06/20/2012

In NYC, you can eat food from pretty much all over the world. But good Mexican-Mexican food? Hard to find. That's why La Lucha is a boon for all West Coasters craving the real deal. La Lucha is a truly Mexican-run tacqueria serving up taco perfection with no need for piles and piles of toppings. All the flavor is right there in the Super Porky Mexican Pulled Pork Taco ($4.50) or the El Solitario Steak Taco ($4).

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11:00AM on 05/29/2013
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I had a great meal and a fun time at Boulton&Watt, the new attitude-free East Village gastropub in a post-industrial chic setting. Dinner began with a delicious Mexican Revolver, a stimulating blend of tequila, lime and proseco, and only improved from there. Click through for the menu...

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10:06AM on 02/13/2013

Want to know where to get THE BEST fries in NYC? Yes, please. Check out this teensy weensy little joint in the EV. They serve one thing: juicy, fat Belgian fries that are smothered in your choice of 25 different dipping sauces. Get the pesto mayonnaise.

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03:01PM on 10/18/2012
This new authentic Italian pizzeria in the East Village has three kinds of pizza ovens, and cooks three types of pies: Pizza Italiana Classica piesare cooked in a wood-fired oven, and boast an extra crispy crust; Napoletana is your traditional Neapolitan pizza; andPizza in Pala is made with double-cooked dough, giving it a similar texture to ciabatta bread. Many ingredients are imported from Italy (flour, yeast), and the rest they source at the local Greenmarket in Union Square. Bonus: they have a pizza school! [menu]
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11:30AM on 08/16/2012
This homey new East Village bar/restaurant boasts a selection of killer cocktails. The Bedford Cruise (Vodka, fresh watermelon juice, lemon juice, agave, soda) is a our fave. How about a kale juice cocktail augmented with Milagro silver tequila, lime juice, and ginger, known as the Garden Variety Margarita? While this lawn-tasting libation doesn't do it for us, you can't deny that green juice is having a serious moment in NYC.
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10:00AM on 08/04/2012
The East Village's former Belcourt space is now home to Franco-farmhouse fare. Raw oysters, hot-and-sour braised lamb with fresh ricotta dumplings, and spicy marinated mackerel (pictured) are just a few features in the casual bistro space, which recently added brunch to the menu.
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06:00AM on 06/28/2012

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