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New guide to East Village shops now available

I remember moving in to the East Village shortly after Kmart moved in to Astor Place and many people were still unhappy about it. The East Village has long been known for it’s small shops and businesses. It’s not made up of the chain stores you’ll find throughout much if the U.S.

A new “Guide to East Village Local Shops” has been compiled by the the East Village Community Coalition. It is the seventh edition of the EVCC’s Get Local! Guide to locally owned and operated stores. The EVCC has produced this guide for the purpose of bringing attention to the importance of spending money locally by avoiding franchises, chain stores and the big-box retailers.

The updated guide is now available online and in stores.

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.

Why not cut back on your GMO corn intake and instead visit Tallgrass Burger

I never have to bring my lawnmower, but I do enjoy visiting Tallgrass Burger (214 1st Avenue btwn East 12th and 13th streets) every so often.

hey have good grass-fed beef burgers that I enjoy eating. They taste really good.

I’ve tried about 4 or 5 different kinds, including the Mushroom Swiss Burger for dinner last night. I added a side of salad with the ginger-sesame dressing for some veggie action. I didn’t order them last night, but the sweet potato fries are quite good (heck, sweet potato fries are always good!).

And they sell good stuff to drink too. Any place that sells kombucha tea can’t be half bad, right!?! I did but any though, because I actually make my own. But, I may have otherwise!

It takes a little longer to get your food at Tallgrass Burger than your typically fast-food place, but it’s all cooked fresh and is much better quality than McDonald’s (Is McDonald’s food even edible!?!). So, a Tallgrass burger is worth the wait! They have veggie burger options too if you’re into such a thing (not me – heck, I ordered a salad!).

So check out Tallgrass, but leave your mower at home (it’s tough carrying it down six flights of stairs anyway!).

For details go here: http://www.tallgrassburgerny.com/

Teriyaki Express and Sushi

I’ve been to Teriyaki Express and Sushi (963 3rd Avenue btwn East 12th and 13th streets) a good number of times. I think I was actually one of their first customers when it first opened with a no-frills look. The best thing going for it is that it’s so close to home!

I had a guest, so we stopped over for a quick dinner on Sunday night. I usually just order take out from here, but we sat down for a quick bite. I was in a healthy mood (it comes and goes!), so I ordered the Spring Flower Chicken from the “Nutrition Spectacular” menu. Spectacular means that it comes less fat and sodium (Hey, why not bypass the MSG!) , seasoned with ginger sauce. Mmmm, I love ginger!

The meal served it’s purpose. It fed me when I was hungry.

I think I actually prefer their Japanese dishes over the Chinese options. I’ve never had their sushi.

With a name like express, don’t expect to be blown away by the food’s quality. But, it’s convenient and the prices are pretty reasonable. So, Teriyaki Express and Sushi definitely does it’s job. I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon.

Find more details here: http://www.teriyakiexpresssushi.com/

Barnyard: It ain’t about the cows!

I read a few reviews about Barnyard, 149 Avenue C, btwn East 9th and 10th streets) and thought it sounds good, so I decided to stop by for lunch. I had thoughts of cows running around in the backyard and Ross Perot wielding a pitchfork full of hay.

When I got there I saw a pretty trendy looking crowd of customers milling around in a place that has a cute and cozy atmosphere. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to order, but when I did I went right for the Three Cheese Grilled Cheese sandwich. I’d read a review saying that it was the way to go!

It was a long wait — about 15 minutes. It was lunch time and there were a number of people already waiting for their own goods when I arrived, so I guess it was to be expected. Then after everyone had left, I got my sandwich.

When I saw my sandwich, I was a little bit disappointed. I guess I thought it would be larger. It was standard bread. And, I’m not a fan of white, sandwich bread by any means. I didn’t even think to ask if they had any other bread options (my bad, perhaps!). It didn’t come with any sides, which I didn’t eally expect. I guess I figured it would come with a pickle, cole slaw, some greens or maybe some fries. So, it was not as substantial a meal as I would have ordered after just having finished a trek to East River Park.

Anyway, I sat down and took a bite out my sandwich, which included some bacon and tomato (God, I long for heirloom tomatoes when we get into October! But, that craving wasn’t to be satisfied today.). At first thought, I thought to myself that it was OK. I think I was still trying to overcome my disappointment over the white bread and size of my meal. I took another bite and then another. Soon it was gone. And yes, I was still hungry!

The verdict: the sandwich was good (not great). Next time I’d probably stick to making my own grilled cheese. Exactly the way I like it! But, I would return to Barnyard. It looks pretty cool and I think some of the other options would probably work better for me. Heck, having a andwich with a couple sides (like a salad) would proably send me home much more satisfied!

That’s all for now. I’ve gotta go get a snack!

Find details here: http://www.barnyardcheese.com/

What makes Bareburger so horror-able?

I always enjoy going to Bareburger,http://www.bareburger.com/restaurant/85-2nd-avenue/. They have great burgers and good beer. I had the pleasure of going back again the other night for some fun with a group of film enthusiasts, http://www.meetup.com/NYCGrindhouse/.

We took over the private room upstairs to view some really horror-ible films and have a few laughs. I mean these films were so bad that it’s unlikely you’d ever catch them even on “Mystery Science Theater.” And speaking of “Mystery Science Theater,” group members wit is at least the equivalent of the television show’s unique hosts. No costumes of course, although all bets are off now that it’s October and Halloween is on the horizon. But being a Raiders’ fan, I would probably feel even more at home with such such a display of individuality (ain’t nothing like the Black Hole, baby!).

So, check out out Bareburger. Don’t come bare, but do grab a beer. Maybe even join NYCGrindhouse, http://www.meetup.com/NYCGrindhouse/. Good times!

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!