Your Perfect East Village Day
Some say the East Village has lost it's charm. They just don't know where to look. If you open your eyes a bit wider, inhale a bit deeper and linger a bit longer, there is still plenty of flavor, or "sabor" as the locals call it, to go around. I've spent a fair amount of time in this neighborhood (my whole life!) and if I had just one day left here, this is what I would do: Coffee At Abraço Espresso [https://plus.google.com/114179071934973869982/about?hl=en-US] Beanhunter [https://www.beanhunte
Some say the East Village has lost it's charm. They just don't know where to look. If you open your eyes a bit wider, inhale a bit deeper and linger a bit longer, there is still plenty of flavor, or "sabor" as the locals call it, to go around. I've spent a fair amount of time in this neighborhood (my whole life!) and if I had just one day left here, this is what I would do:
Coffee At Abraço Espresso
Sidle up to the window of this teeny tiny coffee shop for really well done classic espresso drinks. The treats in the glass case change often. If you spy the olive oil cake, be sure to get it.
Get Centered At Yoga To The People
Let the Power Vinyasa flow at the original location of this long-standing studio. Pro Tip: Classes are a suggested donation of $10.
Breakfast At Cafe Mogador
Two words - Halumi eggs. Healthy, flavorful, a bit spicy, but always approachable. This laid-back Middle Eastern cafe is a place you can come morning, noon, or night with anyone from your parents to newborns and always find something for everyone.
Book Club Break At Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks
Lose yourself in the absolutely amazing selection of cookbooks and culinary titles. This one of a kind space makes you feel like a guest in someone's private library, stocked with all the books you actually want to read.
Spice It Up At SOS Chefs Inc
Iranian pistachios, fennel pollen, distilled cinnamon water. Yep, this place has all that and then some. Any amateur or professional chef will be impressed by the selection of culinary wares and edibles.
Lunch Break At Fuku
If the beloved favorite Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwich mated with a super juicy choice chicken thigh... Oh wait. That's exactly what happened here. Don't sleep on the Fuku salad either.
Culture Fix At New Museum
The art is great, but the well curated gift store and the view from the roof deck are where it's at.
Snack Break At Otafuku
Japanese comfort food on-the-fly from a closet size take-out window. My order every time is the octopus takoyaki with the works. Do like the locals and enjoy on a nearby stoop. Won't be long before some tourists ask YOU for directions.
Homestyle Mexican At Zaragoza
Walk into this seemingly ordinary bodega and immediately turn left. There will be a counter and a handwritten menu of authentic homestyle Mexican food. Order anything. You cannot go wrong. There are small tables towards the back if you want to "eat in".
Shopping Spree At Cloak & Dagger
A well edited selection of current, but not too trendy clothes and shoes for the quintessential East Village babe. Great little vintage section too!
Shop In A Rainforest At Gea's Garden Jewels
Crammed to the brim with succulents, houseplants, crystals, jewelry, and the most incredible handmade dreamcatchers - give yourself enough time to explore all the nooks and crannies.
Cocktails At Please Don't Tell
The OG of speakeasy bars that started it all. Once you make it inside, sit at the bar and go for the "Bartender's Choice". Repeat for a couple of rounds.
Dinner At Edi & The Wolf
Elevated homestyle Austrian cuisine served in a fairytale setting overflowing with plants, antiques, and one of a kind artifacts. Truly transportative. The amazing selection of beer and wine helps too!
Going Out At No Malice Palace
My all-time favorite place to go out in NYC. It's basically a hip-hop dive bar - what could be better than that?! Don't wear anything you would be upset if a beer got spilled on it. Just saying...
Late Night Fuel (The Classy Way) At Veselka
There is almost nothing that a bowl of borscht and a plate of pierogi can't solve.
Late Night Fuel (The Less Classy Way) At Artichoke
The artichoke slice reigns supreme here, but I'll take a corner slice of the twice-baked Sicilian pie to soak up the night any day.
Extra Adventure Points
Russian Turkish Baths: It takes a special person to not only appreciate plunging into an icy cold bath followed by a beating with a branch, but also be willing to pay good money for this pleasure. This place is Old School East Village at its best. And by old, I mean OLD. It's been here since 1892.
Enchantments Inc: Make sure you tell all your exes to watch out after a visit here! You can create your own custom carved candle, which, according to the Enchantments team, "is a complete spell that you use as a tool to help manifest your intention."
Amanda Dell is the lead producer of Food Book Fair, a dynamic annual festival that engages in contemporary food conversation through food media.