As a veteran of the East Village, I spent a lot of time wandering around the streets looking for good grub to eat. After two years of searching and eating, I have picked my top 12 favorite spots for a yummy snack or meal for whenever you're in the area.
1. Butter Lane
An adorable cupcake place tucked away in East Village. Not only do they serve the MOST AMAZING CUPCAKES I HAVE EVER HAD but they also offer cupcake workshops. That's right. You can sign up for a class and spend an afternoon learning how to make these lovely things.
Address: 123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Address: 8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
3. Paul's Da Burger Joint
Address: 131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
4. Waffles and Dinges
YES guys the waffle truck you see all around the city has a headquarters and it's in Alphabet City. Head on over for a sit-down meal of your favorite Belgian waffle.
Address: 15 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
5. Ramen Setagaya
Address: 34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Kossar's is a renowned Jewish bakery that sells traditional Jewish breads like challah and bialys. They are also a good spot for bagels and sandwiches that won't disappoint.
Address: 367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
7. T-Swirl Crepe
Address: 247 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
8. Joe's Pizza
Yes, there is probably not a New Yorker out there who hasn't tried Joe's Pizza but that is why it deserves a spot on this list. Their pizza is just...different. Amazingly different. Swing by the one in either Village to grab a slice of New York's most famous pizza. Fun fact: An authentic Joe's is opening its doors soon in Shanghai, China.
Address: 7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
9. Pommes Frites
Address: 128 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
10. Big Gay Ice Cream
Another local claim to fame and rightfully so. Located next door to Butter Lane, East Village's Big Gay Ice Cream offers classic soft serve with a twist. It's definitely worth the weight (pun intended).
Address: 125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
11. Dan & Johns Wings
This whole in the wall wing's place may not look like much, but I swear by it. Quick and made to order, Dan & John's wings will give your taste buds a kiss from Wing Heaven itself.
Address: 135 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
12. Dominique Ansel Bakery
Apparantly the place that invented the "cronut". But more importantly: COOKIE SHOTS. Yes, that's right. Shots. Made of chewy chocolate chip cookie dough. Filled with fresh creamy milk. Finally, shots where you don't need ID.
Address: 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012