EV Bites is a [whenever I feel like it] feature that showcases five places in or around East Village you should know about. I will occasionally extend the border to surrounding hoods and maybe even mention a name more than once. The neighborhood of East Village in case you are not aware is an incubator for top industry talent, and a goldmine of world cuisine.
Previously on EV Bites: The Dumplings Belt
Smør – Want to see the saddest looking McDonalds in the city? Head to East Village. No matter how many places like Smør open in this area, you never have enough fast food, or fast casual spots around. Smør specializes in exactly that, Smørrebrød, Nordic open faced toasts. It starts and ends with the high quality bread from Union Square market. The Potato salad will just about be the best potato salad you’ll ever have. Fantastic Smoked Salmon is a given. But the best item on the menu might be the Hangover (Roast Beef) Sandwich, best enjoyed with a light headache or morning after guilt.
Mister Paradise – I only write about bars if they happen to have exceptional
burger food. Mister Paradise has at the very least, some of the best bar burgers in the city. The patty is of good quality, perfectly cooked meat, topped with bacon-infused american cheese and caramelized onions. And for $12 good value to boot (fries are separate and good). Add a not too shabby, if slightly on the dry side, fried chicken that comes with truffle and Habanero honey duo. For drinks, for something refreshing try the Party Lobster – blanco tequila, mezcal, campari, watermelon, lime, fermented habanero, garlic
886 – Sometimes new places “expire” in my head, and I forget all about them, before they resurface somehow out of their hiding. This Taiwanese was hiding in plain sight right on the busy, glitzy side of St Marks. 886 offers one of the better lunch specials in the area where you can choose dishes like the visually pleasing sweet Taiwanese Sausage and Fried Rice, and the absolute best Popcorn Chicken I’ve ever had.
Village Square Pizza – Pizza joints in all shapes and sizes come and go in that part of the island. The intense competition in the area created a survival of the fittest environment, except that its almost impossible to determine the fittest. Sometimes I try new pizza and can pretty much pinpoint the month they’ll close (Rolio Pizza), but then there’s the curious case of Martina. Village Square is run by former employees of the famed Prince Street pizza in Soho. This is where you can get the famous Pepperoni Sicilian (square) without the hoopla (meaning tourists), and their signature white (fresh ricotta, garlic, mozzarella, honey).
Foxface – I told you about this ‘Hers and Hers Closet’ sandwich gem inside the William Barnacle speakeasy. Well now that the NYT discovered it as well, you’ll need to take a number and wait for your sandwich just a little longer. But its well worth it.