There’s never a dull moment in “the village”, and the culinary scene is no different. See what all the buzz is about at these East Village hot spots.
10 Hot East Village Restaurants
At Noreetuh, Hawaiian food — with roots in Japanese, Korean and Filipino cuisines — is reimagined through an American lens. The restaurant’s modern, earthy vibe complements its brightly flavored and approachable menu. Noreetuh’s extensive shareable and late night options can be washed down with Hawaiian beer or a variety of sake and wine flights.
Balade is a traditional Lebanese restaurant offering mouthwatering favorites — including lamb kebab and meze plates to share — as well as modern additions like pita pizza to pair with its beer and wine selection. The intimate eatery is outfitted with authentic Eastern Mediterranean art and wood finishings that create a cozy, at-home vibe.
Bowery Meat Company delivers a unique take on the traditional steakhouse, serving modern meat dishes as well as old-school Italian-American classics from Chef Josh Capon. The restaurant creates an inviting, retro vibe with sleek wood finishings and geometric designs. An extensive list of wine, spirits and beer are on offer.
Empellón Cocina serves up creative Mexican fare and craft cocktails in the East Village. At the circular bar, diners can enjoy margaritas, cocktails or an eclectic selection of beers. The elegant, partially brick-walled eatery features modern lighting and understated decor.
Hearth is a Tuscan-American restaurant focused on preparing superior ingredients with subtle complexity. The seasonal menu at this East Village gem — a product of the relationships that Chef/Owner Marco Canora has cultivated with local farmers — features sections dedicated to vegetables, offal, fish and hand-milled grains. The vast wine program is as approachable as the menu, as are the unique beer and cider collections.
Inspired by New York City and the lively culinary culture of Northern Spain, Huertas serves up Basque-influenced fare. In the dimly lit, wood-clad inner room, diners can watch the preparation of their food in the open kitchen after choosing from the daily rotating four-course menu. Classic Spanish beverages — including refrescos, house-made vermouth and a long list of Spanish wines — are available (along with finger foods) at the bright bar.
One of restaurateur Joe Campanale’s hot spots, L’Apicio dishes out modern Italian plates and house-made pastas in an airy, vibrant space. The open kitchen, exposed brick walls and leather booths work together to create a fun, chic environment complete with a bustling bar scene. House cocktails and an extensive wine list complement the cuisine.
Virginia’s is a modern American bistro offering a select menu of seasonal, market-driven fare. Local ingredients shine in the refreshingly bright dishes while cocktails, beers and wines from small producers fill an elegant yet unassuming drink list. The intimate space features plenty of warm wood accents, burnt orange banquettes and crisp white walls.
Porsena is Chef/Owner Sara Jenkins’ casual and contemporary Italian neighborhood trattoria. The neighborhood gem features a pasta-centric menu — with both classic and imaginative sauces — inspired by memories from Jenkins’ Tuscan and Roman childhood. Hearty main dishes are also available at the simple, brick-walled space.
Edi and the Wolf serves an authentic Austrian menu focused on the comforting cornerstones of Viennese cuisine: spaetzle, schnitzel, pork belly and pickled vegetables. The restaurant — run by Chef Eduard Frauneder, a Michelin Star restaurateur — resembles a cozy cottage with dried flowers and metal grate decor. Edi and the Wolf boasts a spirited atmosphere and garden seating, in addition to a wide assortment of whiskeys and wines.