The East Village is one of the city’s richest neighborhoods when it comes to its culinary offerings. There’s a long history of the area supporting an immigrant population that refuses to leave, but it’s also a magnet for younger New Yorkers from all over the city — and indeed all over the world — intent on eating (and drinking), and willing to try something new. As a destination for Chinese food, one could argue it is now the equal of certain neighborhoods in Queens, and Mexican food is another high point, from Pueblan taquerias to new birria joints to white-tablecloth establishments. Among its other glories are a continuing Ukrainian and Polish presence, an historic Puerto Rican cafe, and new places to find African, Albanian, Portuguese, and Himalayan fare. Pick a cuisine, and we bet you can find it there.
But where is “there”? The disputed boundaries go from the north side of Houston to the south side of 14th; and from Third Avenue, both sides, to the East River, thus including what is now called Alphabet City, largely due to the Broadway musical Rent. Take a walk along the neighborhood’s backbone of St. Marks Place to get an inkling of the East Village’s level of excitement and the range of its dining options.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2016.Read More