Top Activities in New York

Top Activities in New YorkNew York City has no shortage of things to do. There are world-class museums, fashionable boutiques, and restaurants serving every type of cuisine imaginable. As with most cities of substantial size, New York can feel overwhelming to those visitors who don’t go with a plan in mind.

One neighborhood that has not always been on the radar of anyone other than beatniks and punk rockers is the East Village. Along with gentrification came fashionable new spots to eat, drink and shop. The East Village restaurants and bars are now among some of the most happening places in the city. Check out some of the suggestions below or craft your own itinerary; just be sure not to miss this fascinating neighborhood on your next trip to the Big Apple!

Momofuku Ko
Culinary mastermind David Chang’s elite 12-chair restaurant requires reservations in advance for the chef-presented prix fixe tasting menu. However, the restaurant provides an intimate dining experience of up to 16 courses that you won’t soon forget. There is a reason the spot has held on to two Michelin stars for 6 years and counting.

Hecho en Dumbo
If you are looking for a more budget-friendly dining establishment, Chef Danny Mena moved his Mexican masterpiece to the East Village from Brooklyn a few years ago. Serving authentic Mexican dishes from all regions of the country, Hecho en Dumbo is not just another taco joint; it is Mexican cuisine shown at it’s finest.

Narcissa
The Standard Hotel’s East Village location is one of the hottest places to stay in Manhattan and the in-house restaurant delights guests and the general public alike. In the spring through fall diners can enjoy their meals, prepared with locally sourced, seasonal produce, al fresco; this is modern Californian cuisine the way it was meant to be eaten.

Northern Spy Food Co.
Reclaimed wood and refinished tables define the atmosphere of this fabulous brunch stop; freshness and seasonality define the menu. All of your classic brunch favorites are represented but unique additions like the Pulled Chicken Sandwich and Southern Fried Rice are interesting twists on this time-honored weekend meal.

One cannot begin to scratch the surface of fantastic East Village restaurants in one short post. However, the above ideas are a place to start; a basis from which to launch your culinary adventure into one of New York City’s most celebrated neighborhoods. As long as you bring an open mind and a large appetite, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.

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