Category Archives: East Village

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

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Jewel Bako, East Village, NYC

Jewel Bako, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Omakase Makimono, Omakase

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Motorino, East Village, NYC

Motorino, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Brussel Sprouts Pizza

 

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Table Verte, East Village, NYC

Table Verte, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Yam Cake

 (This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Pork Bun, Shrimp Bun
 

Momofuku Noodle Bar was David Chang’s very first eatery that launched his enormously successful Momofuku brand of restaurants.

The concise menu here primarily focuses on ramen, seasonal eats, buns and daily specials. They also offer a fried chicken dinner (priced at $100) for parties of 4-8, which must be reserved in advance. Dessert offers soft serve and cake truffles.

Chang’s eats are inventive and extremely gratifying. The Ramen was good enough though I still think Ippudo rules. However, what I just could not stop eating were the buns! These soft steamed beauties filled with melt in your mouth pork belly or fried shrimp with just the right crunch are seriously addictive.

The Noodle Bar is priced just right, that is of course if you can stop with just eating one order of them buns! I know that I certainly couldn’t.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Heirloom Tomato – watermelon, crab, avocado

 

Pork Bun – hoisin, scallion, cucumber

 

Shrimp Bun – spicy mayo, pickled shallot, iceberg

 

Momofuku Ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg


 

Ginger Scallion Noodles – pickled shiitakes, cucumber, cabbage


 

Spicy Miso Ramen – smoked chicken, swiss chard, sesame


 

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* Restaurant Name
Momofuku Noodle Bar
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Asian Fusion
* Street Address
171 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
* Phone
N/A
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Three of Cups, East Village, NYC

Three of Cups, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Calamari all a Griglia, Cozze alle Tre di Coppa, Tartufo Pizza, Homemade Tiramisu

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Kuboya, East Village, NYC

Kuboya, East Village, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ 1/2 

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Miso Ramen

Looking to escape the long waits at the crazy popular, overcrowded noodles shops that dot the Lower East Side? Kuboya Ramen on East 5th St, is a good option for some solid, good Japanese food.

The space is cozy with cushioned window seats that fan out over two rooms. The menu offers a nice variety of dishes including Ramen. I think the Spicy Miso Ramen was the best of the offerings. Nothing I tasted blew me away but it was a good meal and a spot I would gladly be willing to eat at in lieu of an hours wait.

Yes….. you will look over longingly at Minca next door wishing “if only….” but your sated appetite will tell you otherwise.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Taco-chan sausage

 

Char Siu Pork Buns

 

Fried Rock Shrimp

 

Katsu Pork Curry

 

Garlic Potatoes

Avocado & Shrimp

 

Spicy Miso Ramen

 

Kuboya Triple Blend Ramen

 

Shoyu Ramen

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Graffiti, East Village, NYC

Graffiti, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Braised Pork Buns

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Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Roasted Hudson valley Duck Confit

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Ippudo, East Village, NYC

Ippudo, East Village, NYC


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While slurping is considered bad table  manners in the West, it’s quite the opposite in Japan. To express appreciation for a delicious bowl of noodles, slurping is perfectly acceptable, in fact complimentary to the hosts. Read the rest of this entry

Sigiri – Sri Lankan Cuisine, East Village, NYC

Sigiri – Sri Lankan Cuisine, East Village, NYC
SIGRI
91 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10003
(between E. Fifth and E. Sixth Sts.)
Ph# (212) 614-9333
http://www.sigirinyc.com/


Well over 15 years ago, when I was visiting Sri-Lanka, I had one of the best meals at the home of one of the local residents. I can’t remember what I ate but  just remember it being one of those truly unforgettable meals. Ever since then, I have been trying to find shadows of that meal somewhere….anywhere …….here in New York City.

My search led me to Sigri on the Lower East Side. Sigiri is perched in a small space on top of an ethnic gorcery store right around the Bangladeshi- Indian Restaurant Row on East 6th street. Read the rest of this entry