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Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St.
b/w Essex & Norfolk St.

$$$$$

2.8

17

here's the first picture of food i took with my new camera. it's a little nikon coolpix that i bought on sale at buydig.com. with a 2gb memory card, it came out to about $125. i .. >

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St.
b/w Essex & Norfolk St.

$$$$$

3.2

20

I meant to post about this delightful retreat on the LES but completely forgot until i saw that the nytimes beat me to it in their “big candy apple” piece recently. after a rather .. >

Super Taste Restaurant
26 Eldridge St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3.2

6

Just turn right onto Eldridge if you’re walking along Canal from the Manhattan Bridge.) Oh, A…why did i ever doubt your chinatown wisdom… after the tres disappointing meal at sheng.. >

Bamn!
37 St. Marks Pl.
at 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

10

BAMN! automatic cheeseburger (photography only). .. >

Kenka
25 St Marks Pl.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.5

4

Yesterday after work Youthlarge and I met up for pedicures in the East Village. Originally, our plan was to go to Dashing Diva on Smith and Dean (has anyone ever been to one of th.. >

MUDtruck
4th Ave. at 8th St.

$$$$$

2.6

2

The friendly orange truck parked near the Astor Place Uptown 6 Station is a familiar sight to East Villagers, and a pleasing alternative to the well-known Corporate behemoth, which.. >

Eldridge Coffee Shop
3 Eldridge St.
at Division St.

$$$$$

2.9

Happy Family Restaurant
1 Eldridge St.
at Berry St.

$$$$$

Panade
129 Eldridge St.
b/w Broome & Delancey St.

$$$$$

3

1

"Panade" denotes the butter-water-flour mixture used to make choux pastry; at this tiny bakery-café the choux are the foundation of savory, sandwich, and sweet puffs, perhaps a hal.. >

Taipei Noodle Restaurant
7 Allen St.
b/w Canal & Division St.

$$$$$

El Famoso Restaurante
27 Rutgers St.
b/w Madison & Henry St.

$$$$$

3

Vasmay
269 E Houston St.
at Suffolk St.

$$$$$

3

1

There are a lot of bars on and just around Houston so this seem like an area ripe for a few more visits. And it is convenient enough to get to by subway. It turns out that several .. >

The Hanger
217 E Third St.
b/w Avenue B & Avenue C

$$$$$

3

1

Coming in, a long bar to squeeze through leads to a mix of goodwill couches and 1940's era photographs fill the back room. Ample couches and seating in the back, as well as standin.. >

CT Cafe
201 Clinton St.
at E Broadway

$$$$$

2.9

Otto's Shrunken Head
538 E 14th St.
b/w Avenue A & Avenue B

$$$$$

2.2

1

Only needed three more bars to set the stage for Saturday’s Celebration and I decided I would knock them off today, take a rest tomorrow, then go the Jets game on Friday and tailga.. >

Happy Wok
175 Avenue C
b/w 10th & 11th St.

$$$$$

Clinton Papaya
166 Clinton St.
at Grand St.

$$$$$

2.8

La Isla
542 E 14th St.
b/w Avenue A & Avenue B

$$$$$

3.6

B Cup
212 Avenue B
at 13th St.

$$$$$

3.6

Little Saigon Café
201 Clinton St.
b/w E Broadway & Henry St.

$$$$$

3

1

The chipper new kid on the Banh Mi block, Little Saigon Cafe lies on the outskirts of Chinatown in the lower Lower East Side, not too far from Doughnut Plant and the Pickle guys on.. >

Lalita Java
210 E 3rd St.
at Ave. B

$$$$$

2.9

City Gourmet Delicatessen
123 3rd Ave.
corner of 14th St.

$$$$$

3.2

88 Orchard
88 Orchard St.
at Broome St.

$$$$$

3

Kwok's
56 Market St.
at Monroe St.

$$$$$

Mr. Fresh Bread
116 2nd Ave.
at 7th St.

$$$$$

3

Sin Sin
85 2nd Ave.
b/w 4th & 5th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Another lovely Spring day and I was particularly interested in hitting Scratcher, an Irish bar on East 5th Street. Unfortunately it was closed. In fact it was so closed I walked ri.. >

99 Miles to Philly
94 3rd Ave.
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Not being a cheesesteak expert (read as: never having been to Philadelphia), I feel a little bad making grandiose proclamations, but this much is certain: I liked Carl’s steak bett.. >

Singas Pizza
176 2nd Ave.
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

3.6

3

Our inaugural podcast took us to the first Manhattan branch of Queens stalwart Singas Famous Pizza. We sat down with owner Manish Chadha to discuss the concept behind baking nothin.. >

San Loco Mexico
111 Stanton St.
b/w Essex & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3.7

1

San Loco's got some hot sauce. In a fit of intoxication in the Lower East Side on Stanton Street, I ordered a small burrito with what is known as 'The Stupid Sauce.'.. >

Valentino
335 E Houston St.
b/w Ridge & attorney St.

$$$$$

3

Kabin
92 2nd Ave.
b/w 5th & 6th St.

$$$$$

2.3

1

Another lovely Spring day and I was particularly interested in hitting Scratcher, an Irish bar on East 5th Street. Unfortunately it was closed. In fact it was so closed I walked ri.. >

Tasty Falafel NYC
32 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

El Rinconcito
408 E 10th St.
b/w Avenue C & Avenue D

$$$$$

3.4

Economy Candy
108 Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

3

Okay - it's on the bare fringes of Chinatown, and it's not Asian food by far. But if you're in the area, you have to go to this place! Economy candy carries all of the old time stu.. >

Musical Box
219 Avenue B
at 13th St.

$$$$$

1.3

1

The Musical Box, a no sign bar in the East Village is a worthwhile mention, cheap drinks, comfortable and plentiful couches in the back and a pool table make it a great place. As a.. >

Downtown Bakery
69 1st Ave.
b/w 4th & 5th St.

$$$$$

Jules
9 Avenue A
b/w Houston & 1st St.

$$$$$

3

3

I went to Jules Bistro Jules Bistro many years ago and I can't remember at all what I ate. Today, I went for brunch at Jules Bistro and I'll probably forget about it soon too. So, .. >

Wa Lung Kitchen
557 Grand St.
b/w Jackson & Lewis St.

$$$$$

Mary's Dairy
158 1st Ave.
b/w 9th & 10th St.

$$$$$

St. Dymphnas
118 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w Avenue A & 1st Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Well, perhaps I didn’t quite finish it off, but the only bars left that I haven’t visited weren’t open yesterday. Maybe it was too early. Can’t be more than a couple of them anyway.. >

Something Sweet
177 First Ave.
at 11th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Yesterday was a massive solitary, impulsive fooding day--if you don't believe me, look at my walking route outlined on this map. I wouldn't have eaten the above had I not walked al.. >

Dash Dogs
127 Rivington St.
b/w Essex & Norfolk St.

$$$$$

2.1

1

Dash Dogs on Rivington (between Norfolk and Essex) is one of my favorite cheap eats in the city, $5 for two hotdogs with your choice of toppings and a drink, plus the guys who run .. >

The Delancey
168 Delancey St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

1/2 hipster, 1/2 striped shirt, The Delancey (though it sounds like a hotel it is not) is an odd duck. Usually a cover, but well drinks ($5) are cheap. Check out the "Death Disco" .. >

Full City Coffee
409 Grand St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

3.1

Moon Pie Pizzeria
31 Avenue C
at 3rd St.

$$$$$

Burritoville
141 2nd Ave.
b/w 8th & 9th St.

$$$$$

4

2

Last week, I ended up at Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction for an afternoon CMJ showcase. The only thing I know about Mo’s, is that whenever I mention to someone that the place is .. >

Burger & Gyro Express
442 E 14th St.
b/w Avenue A & 1st Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

San Loco Mexico
124 2nd Ave.
b/w 9th & 10th St.

$$$$$

Kim Long
217 Avenue A
b/w 13th & 14th St.

$$$$$

St. Marks Ale House
2 St Marks Pl.

$$$$$

3

1

It was a nice sunny day so I was going to take a stroll down Second Avenue. When I got to Third I spotted a bar and one thing led to another so I never did make it to Second. Tomor.. >

Anytime
116 Ave. C
b/w 7th & 8th St.

$$$$$

2.8

Golden Dragon Boat Cafe
111 Bowery

$$$$$

3.3

3

Being either stupid or brave, I went to Chinatown yesterday. In ways it was kind of stupid because of the hordes of people in Chinatown because it's Chinese New Year's Eve... >

237 Grand Restaurant
237 Grand St.
at Bowery

$$$$$

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge St.
b/w Canal & Hester St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

The sesame pancake (with beef, $1.50) is particularly fluffy; inside is a more-than-ample helping of sliced meat, carrot, and cilantro, wetted down by soy sauce. Perhaps cucumber a.. >

Kong Nam
283 Broome St.
b/w Allen & Eldridge St.

$$$$$

East Corner Wonton
70 E Broadway
at Market St.

$$$$$

il Laboratorio del Gelato
95 Orchard St.
b/w Broome & Delancey St.

$$$$$

3.2

16

Back in the late 1980s, before the arrival of its boutique hotels and other conspicuous excesses, I worked in Manhattan's SoHo district. On hot afternoons, I'd often stroll to a ti.. >

Have-A-Pizza
225 Madison St.
at Jefferson St.

$$$$$

Kudo Beans
49 1st Ave.
at 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Do you long for true flavor in your coffee? Do you savor a sip of java like you would a fine wine? But most of all, do you agree that the popular practice of over-roasting coffee b.. >

Chomp
196 2nd Ave.
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

3.6

Mona’s
224 Avenue B

$$$$$

1

It was a lovely Sunday, bright skies and quite warm. A fine day to visit one of my favorite neighborhoods, the East Village (AKA Alphabet City). And, as isn’t difficult to do in th.. >

Otafuku
236 E 9th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

8

We started off our super-cultural day early yesterday by going to the Guggenheim and getting in a good hour or so of walking around and looking at ... well, in my opinion, really p.. >

win49
205 Allen St.
b/w Houston & Stanton St.

$$$$$

3

3

If you live in/around NYC, then you'll know that yesterday felt blood-freezing (which I guess also means ...human freezing) cold. You know that feeling you get in your hands when i.. >

Liquiteria
170 2nd Ave.
at 11th St.

$$$$$

3

Lucky Burger
91 Avenue A

$$$$$

3

1

A new made to order fast food type burger place openedcalled Lucky Burger. They serve made to order burgers, fries and shakes. I tried the burger - it’s 4 bucks and it’s ok. It’s o.. >

Scarface Cafe
125 E 4th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

Cheesesteak Factory
191 E Houston St.
b/w Orchard & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

The Library
7 Avenue A
b/w Houston & 2nd St.

$$$$$

4

1

Hey, there are so many great looking bars in this neighborhood that I just had to go back. In fact yesterday when I was at Nice Guy Eddie’s I spotted the three I went to today, one.. >

Dempsey’s
61 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

I decided to head to the East Village and check out the real Dempsey bar and a few others in the neighborhood. I only went to three but it is fertile ground so I plan on going back.. >

Jack Dempsey's
61 2nd Ave.
b/w 3rd & 4th St.

$$$$$

1

Well, I can’t afford to rest on my laurels for too long. I took Sunday off after the celebration at The Gate on Saturday, and a mighty fine time I did have... >

Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
150 E 2nd St.
at Avenue A

$$$$$

2.8

8

I love Vietnamese sandwiches, crunchy French baguette, fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, thinly sliced spicy peppers, crisp cucumbers and (for me) grilled chicken. Nothing has toppe.. >

Tiengarden
170 Allen St.
b/w Rivington & Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

This almost never happens (maybe once or twice a year), but I just remembered a dream/nightmare last night due to its relation to teeth and the destruction of them. In my dream, my.. >

Standings
43 E 7th St.
at 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

1

I took a short stroll on 7th Street this evening for a bit of nostalgia. One bar in particular was the scene of many long, very long lunches back when Bar Man had a real job. Drink.. >

Seasons Market
146 Allen St.
b/w Rivington & Delancey St.

$$$$$

Houston's Bagel & Grill
283 E Houston St.
b/w Suffolk & Clinton St.

$$$$$

2.6

Hi Fi
169 Avenue A
b/w 10th & 11th St.

$$$$$

1

While we're discussing negative reviews, I might as well say that the latest establishment to make itself dead to me is the bar HiFi, on Avenue A. Went there with friends recently .. >

Quickly Shabu Shabu
237 Grand St., Store B
at Bowery

$$$$$

3

3

even after downing half a bowl of mediocre soup, i suddenly had a craving for bubble tea when aaron mentioned his 20% frequent buyer discount. the stomach is an amazingly flexible .. >

Pho Thanh Hong
30 E Broadway
b/w Catherine & Market St.

$$$$$

3

Still
192 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Some fans of my blog from The Swamp Restaurant in Gainesville, Florida sent me one of their tee-shirts. Bar Man just loves tee-shirts and will gladly post a picture of any tee-shir.. >

7B
108 Avenue B
at Avenue B

$$$$$

3.5

1

This was my first serious visit to the East Village. A lot of the bars in this neighborhood don’t usually open until later in the day except for on the weekends. And man, are there.. >

9th Street Market
337 E 9th St.

$$$$$

1

One nice thing about my web site is that it brings people back into my life who fell out of orbit. Seth and Amy are high school friends who knew me before I was the glorious specim.. >

Kossar's Bialys
367 Grand St.
b/w Norfolk & Essex St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

When Amy Poehler farts on SNL, she turns to the camera and says with a lisp: "Jealous?.. >

McSorley’s Old Ale House
15 E 7th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

4

I have really embraced the East Village. I think it’s considered one of the oldest areas of the city and definitely has a lot of history in it as well... >

Blarney Cove INC
510 E 14th St

$$$$$

3

2

This was my first serious visit to the East Village. A lot of the bars in this neighborhood don’t usually open until later in the day except for on the weekends. And man, are there.. >

B-Side
204 Avenue B
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

1

It was a lovely Sunday, bright skies and quite warm. A fine day to visit one of my favorite neighborhoods, the East Village (AKA Alphabet City). And, as isn’t difficult to do in th.. >

d.b.a.
41 1st Ave.
b/w 2nd & 3rd St.

$$$$$

1

I headed out with D.B.A. specifically in mind but overshot it a bit and hit another bar first and then another bar after and somewhere along the line forgot about my reminder to la.. >

Mom's
105 Clinton St.
b/w Delancey & Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
137 E Houston St.
b/w Forsyth & Eldridge St.

$$$$$

3

4

S and I were on a King of the Hill kick a while back, and one of my favorite episodes was the one in which an authentic Jewish deli opens up in their not-terribly-cosmopolitan Texa.. >

Pizza Shack
525 Grand St.
at Henry St.

$$$$$

Coyote Ugly Saloon
153 1st Ave.

$$$$$

1

A reader of this blog, Nick, was coming into Manhattan from New Haven with a bunch of his buddies and wanted to get together for a drink or two. They started out at McSorley’s wher.. >

Apolo Restaurant
168 Delancey St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

3

1

Fall has definitely arrived with freezing temperature upstate New York and cool and damp down here in the city. Even worse, it is now dark when I wake up in the morning. I am not r.. >

Lucky Jack's
129 Orchard St.
b/w Rivington & Delancey St.

$$$$$

1

I was going to go to DBAs but never made it. First off the local subway wasn’t making local stops until 42nd Street and DBAs is down between 2nd and 3rd. I had planned on getting o.. >

Rai Rai Ken
214 E 10th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

6

As most college students on a budget, I survived on Ramen noodles. Besides being a cheap food that is quick and easy to make, it’s also great after a long night of drinking - it sa.. >

Chocolat Michel Cluizel
888 Broadway, 1st Fl.
b/w 19th & 20th St.

$$$$$

3.4

9

I overhear the nice guy behind the bar: “It’s like drinking melted chocolate.” Say no more; I’m in for a single shot of hot cocoa. I’m at Michel Cluizel, world-renowned Parisian c.. >

J.P. Wardes
12 Avenue A
b/w Houston & 2nd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Hey, there are so many great looking bars in this neighborhood that I just had to go back. In fact yesterday when I was at Nice Guy Eddie’s I spotted the three I went to today, one.. >

China Wok's
221 Avenue B
at 13th St.

$$$$$

Dumpling Man
100 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.2

7

Danna informed me late in the afternoon that she was working late and grabbing a bite with a colleague. Naturally, I set my sights on snagging a suitable Restaurant Week reservatio.. >

Atomic Wings
184 1st Ave.
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

Vanessa's Dumplings
220 E 14th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.4

3

I've mentioned Vanessa's Dumplings Vanessa's Dumplings before but I thought I'd give a more thorough review this time. We've ordered from Vanessa's Dumplings a couple of times and .. >

17 Bleecker
17 Bleecker
b/w Bowery & Lafayette

$$$$$

3

1

A pointed out this cafe to me as the place he goes when housingworks closes at 9 on weekdays and 7 on weekends. it’s a short couple of blocks away on bleecker, conveniently close t.. >