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.
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/
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/
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!
I had the pleasure of visting Feast restaurant on 2nd Avenue near East 13th Street last week. We got the vegetarian menu and it was terrific. Price was very reasonable too. Definitly recommend that you check it out:feast
The neighborhood has changed over the year, but there are still a few good polish restaurants to explore: