To call the East Village a foodie paradise would be an understatement. An influx of diverse and innovative restaurants over the past decade has made the East Village one of the best places to eat in the city. Here are the hottest restaurants in the neighborhood right now.
There aren’t a whole lof of Austrian restaurants in NYC, but Edi & the Wolf resembles a cottage plucked straight from the snowy alps. Specializing in traditional dishes like wiener schnitzel and spätzle, there’s no shortage of hearty fare here. Emitting a rustic charm, the interior is cozy and comfortable. If you can get a table in the back garden where an array of greenery and a ceiling of skylights will make the meal a little more magical.
Edi & the Wolf. 102 Avenue C, New York, NY. (212) 598-1040
One of New York City’s best Neapolitan-style pizza joints, Motorino is a crowd-pleaser. The crust is light and fluffy with just the right amount of chewiness and the sauce is both sweet and savory. While Motorino is not the cheapest pizza you’ll find, with Margherita style starting at $16.50, it is one of the most authentic slices you’ll find and wouldn’t be out of place served on the streets of Napoli.
Motorino. 349 E 12th St # A, New York, NY. (212) 777-2644
Despite limited seating at this bright and welcoming East Village staple, the food is always worth the wait. You’ve come to Mimi Cheng’s for one thing: handmade dumplings. Made from organic and local produce the dumplings are as tasty as they are eclectic—ranging from the classic chicken and zucchini flavor to new offerings like guacamole burger or truffle mushroom. Pop a squat on a bright yellow barstool, grab a bottle of the “secret sauce” and enjoy.
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings. 179 2nd Ave, New York, NY. (212) 533-2007
If you love pasta and wine then you’ll love Bar Primi. Dishes like short rib ravioli, rigatoni carbonara and squid ink campanelle highlight a menu filled with elegant handmade pastas. If it’s nice out post up at one of the outdoor tables and people-watch while you dine. Whatever you do, start off with an order of stuffed meatballs—you won’t be disappointed.
Bar Primi. 325 Bowery, New York, NY. (212) 220-9100
If you’re in the mood for some slow-cooked Southern soul food head to Bobwhite Counter in Alphabet City. Comfort classics like fried chicken and catfish, mac and cheese, biscuits and gravy, and of course grits are on the menu inside this homey restaurant. Besides being one of the tastiest options on the East Side, Bobwhite’s is also one of the most affordable—no entree on menu will cost you more than $8.99.
Bobwhite Counter. 94 Avenue C, New York, NY. (212) 228-2972