Our 10 Best Things to Eat on St. Marks Place in the East Village, NYC

A fave for rockers since the days of the Ramones, there's no better neighborhood slice in downtown Manhattan.

4. Plain cheese slice at Stromboli Pizza St. Marks is paved with slices, most of them mediocre. Hot out of the oven, the cheese slice at Stromboli's is almost an anachronism these days, harkening back to the times when nearly every block of the city had its own pizza place, and the pies were made with love and attention to detail. The tomato sauce is herbal and slightly sweet, the cheese is liberal but not too dense, and the crust is one of the city's best. This was once a last stop after a long night at CBGB's. 83 St. Marks Place, 212-673-3691

3. Slider at Mark Burgers The tiny hamburger called the slider has gone a long way since being invented at White Castle in the 1920s, but this narrow stall and beer bar -- which offers some chill seating under a very East Village mural in the back -- takes the product back to its roots. The beef is freshly ground and formed into a patty about twice the size of the original, making two nearly a full meal, and the taste is a vast improvement over the venerable fast-food purveyor -- but delightfully in the same vein. 33 St. Marks Place, 212-677-3132

2. Spicy miso ramen at Ramen Setagaya Crowds line up for Ippudo on nearby Fourth Avenue, but the noodles at Ramen Setagaya -- another prominent Japanese chain -- are every bit as good. In fact, if you take price into account, they're even better. Seven types of ramen are offered in generous bowls, of which our fave is the astonishingly hot "spicy miso ramen." The tender-tongued among us may want to try shio ramen instead. 34½ St. Marks Place, 212-387-7959

The incendiary spicy miso ramen at Ramen Setagaya -- there are many milder choices, too.

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