Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer.
You can expect no less from Han Dynasty, which was voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America and also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant smells like fresh wood and spices. The interior boasts dark wooden furniture and yellow walls lined with Asian oil paintings.
That Burger has been called one of the best kept food secrets in New York, and we certainly wouldn’t disagree. It all started with the passion and determination of founder Dan Peterson, who spent years perfecting a custom burger blend using Pat LaFrieda short rib and brisket. Once he was satisfied with his creation, he opened That Burger Tent, a mobile food stand at the Williamsburg Flea. That Burger Tent took off, becoming a new mainstay of the weekend Flea food scene. Within a year, Peterson dropped the "Tent" and set up permanent shop inside two East Village bars, Billy Hurricanes (now Station B) and Idle Hands, where he expanded his menu to include delicious takes on comfort bar food like "tochos" (a tater-tot/nacho hybrid) and mind-blowing hot wings. Peterson doesn't mess around with his burgers, and he doesn't mess around with his wings: they were good enough to take second place in the 2012 King of the Wing competition, beating out 30 other NYC bars and restaurants.
Soho, NY-- we walked out of Los Perros Locos feeling dirty. Perhaps it was from the bright neon sign spewing an obscenity of pink all about, or maybe it was the strangely aphrodisiastic Mas Perfecto we tried--a hot dog blending NYC, Colombia, and just enough old school Miami. Whatever it was, we found ourselves wanting to watch, on VHS, the younger and more svelte Al Pacino introducing us all to his little friend. Yeah, that good kind of dirty.
With this in mind, Meenan and Ghaw created a rustic, warm inviting space to cater to their idea of 'the best meals are those shared with loved ones.' The menu is comprised of two different types of feast menus. The first, the Union Square Market Feast will change throughout the year as various fruits and vegetables come into season. The Nose to Tail Feast menu will focus on a specific type of animal protein. On occasion, a third feast menu will also be available to diners during special traditions (We’re betting that Thanksgiving will be amazing at Feast) and based off of regional American cuisine. For those who just wish to “dabble” and sample some of the dishes that would be incorporated into a Feast course, an al a carte menu will also be available. The 12 plates featured will include select feast dishes in addition to signature menu dishes found throughout the year.
Recently there has been an increase in the number of eateries focusing on healthy, clean-eating dishes, as more and more people are forming dietary restrictions and adapting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. With so many health-conscious eateries around the city, you no longer need to settle for tofu, bland veggie burgers, and "facon" to have a healthy, satisfying meal. Opening right before Hurricane Sandy, Table Verte in the East Village offers diners of all kinds, an approachable, flavorful meal consisting of market-fresh vegetable dishes using French culinary techniques. Even the most carnivorous meat-eater you know won’t be looking around for a burger after a dinner at Table Verte.
The seafood shacks of New England and other coastal regions are notorious for serving the freshest fish available in a carefree, easygoing atmosphere.
Bait & Hook, located on the corner of Second Avenue and East 14th Street, recreates the no-nonsense vibe of these seaside establishments right here in the East Village by serving luxury seafood dishes in a comfort food style. Since opening in September, the dishes created by Executive Chef Joe Bachman are all reasonably priced compared to many other seafood restaurants, making it the ideal place for an affordable date, grab a quick bite to eat, and also has many options for vegetarians and those who don’t necessarily like seafood.
The East Village is home to some of the best boozy bars in the city, so it's no surprise that two new spots have opened up, dishing out creative cocktails.
Evelyn Drinkery is not only a cocktail mecca, but it's also budget friendly, which we all know is hard to find in the city that never sleeps. The cocktail bar resembles an old-style saloon, split distinctly into two parts -- the front room, which has masculine features such as wooden benches and exposed brick, while the back room has a more feminine appeal with banquettes and cocktail waitresses. The Drinkery is brought to you by Drummer Hoff Hospitality, which was founded by Jared Shepard, Justin August Fairweather, and Christian Sanders, who have had extensive experience in the cocktail industry. The cocktail program at the bar is broken down into four categories: juleps, collins, cocktails, and spirited phosphates. If you're wondering what that last one is exactly, it's booze-infused housemade sodas (carbonated cocktails are hot right now). Not only are their phosphate drinks to die for and their liquor concoctions unique and tasty, but they surprise you with a non-traditional pricing for the city, clocking in between $7 and $11. With bargains, booze, and an 'all are welcome' attitude, this is sure to be the new 'it' desitination this Fall.
For those looking for a different kind of event space, one that puts you in the open air of Manhattan, surrounded by a bustling neighborhood, say, the East Village, then the trustees of the New York Marble Cemetery should be on your call list.
In an effort to fund much needed restorations, the cemetery, which was built in 1830, and at the time was at the city’s northern perimeter, has hosted a slew of events ranging from weddings, film and television settings, and even ballet recitals.
While the last burial was in 1937, Caroline S. DuBois, one of the trustees, told the New York Times they were looking for ways “we could make the cemetery pay for itself.” The cemetery is, however, subject to the perils of New York City. Peter Van C. Luquer, a former trustee says he used to find hypodermic needs in the grass and used condoms and underwear in the trees.
But don’t let your imagination wander off in the dark depths of a Stefon Zolesky inspired party dream just yet, they don’t allow just anyone in!