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East Village restaurant guide: The best places to eat now

If you’re looking to eat at the best restaurants in the East Village, then have no fear because Time Out New York has put together a list of its favorites for 2013.

The magazine’s guide points diners to “critic-approved places to eat in the neighborhood, including trusty favorites and the latest hot spots.”

According to Time Out New York, ”The East Village has a knack for sprouting reasonably priced eateries that draw cult followings. No East Village restaurant guide would be complete without mention of David Chang’s enduringly popular Momofuku Noodle Bar, which spawned his mini empire, and other top toques—including Peter Hoffman with Back Forty and Daniel Boulud with DBGB Kitchen and Bar—have set up shop in the nabe. Northern Spy Food Co. has become a locavore staple for its earnest (and delicious) devotion to seasonal cooking. Also consult our curated lists of cheap eats and great brunch places.”

Momofuku Ssäm Bar 207 Second Ave, (at 13th St)

“Momofuku Ssäm Bar Chef David Chang’s latest feels like two restaurants fused into one: a Korean Chipotle, and a self-aware joint serving designer ham and pricey platters. Waiters hustle to noisy rock music in this 50-seat space, which feels like Megu compared with its predecessor’s crowded counter dining. Chefs create concoctions priced to sample, including the wonderfully fatty pork-belly steamed bun with hoisin sauce and cucumbers, and the house ssäm…,” states the magazine.

Momofuku Milk Bar East Village 251 E 13th St, (between Second and Third Aves)

“Pastry whiz Christina Tosi conjures up homey sweets at this bakery spin-off down the block from Momofuku Ssäm Bar. East village hipsters, fawning foodies and in-the-know tourists line up for the cultish goodies, including crack pie (toasted oat crust with a gooey butter filling), cereal-milk soft serve and compost cookies made with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch and chocolate chips,” Time Out New York writes.

For the full guide, visit the Web site.

Ballaro | caffè prosciutteria

I had the pleasure of stopping Ballaro for lunch on Saturday with a couple of friends. They arrived late, but the cafe’s friendly staff didn’t pressure me to order while I waited. The atmosphere was quite relaxing. I had a tough time deciding between the mushroom lasagna and the mixed greens salad topped with breaded chicken and cheese. I went with the salad and wasn’t disappointed! I definitely plan to return — next time the lasagna!