Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

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7. Zabb Elee -- Those who despaired of real Isaan Thai food ever arriving in the East Village were thrilled by the appearance of this offshoot of a favorite Jackson Heights café. And those who like their food mouth-searingly spicy were also mightily pleased. 75 Second Avenue, 212-505-9533


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6. Vandaag -- The Northern European and Scandinavian menu of this distro ("Dutch bistro"?) came as a surprise when the place opened, and so did its cocktail menu centered on genever, the antecedent of gin. But who can argue with bitterballen -- a compact oxtail sphere crumb-coated and deep-fried? 103 Second Avenue, 212-253-0470


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5. South Brooklyn Pizza -- While effete pizza parlors are concocting tiny, expensive, and semi-burned pies in the style of Naples, this tiny stall -- barely a restaurant -- emulates Dom DeMarco, the pizza king of Brooklyn, making a superior version of the neighborhood pie, with extra oil, extra herbs, a shockingly good tomato sauce, and a last-minute sprinkle of Parmesan. 122 First Avenue, 212-533-2879

Location Info

Downtown Bakery II

69 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Dirt Candy

430 E. Ninth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Back Forty

190 Ave. B, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Zabb Elee

75 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Vandaag - CLOSED

103 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

South Brooklyn Pizza

122 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

53 Great Jones St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Ramen Misoya

129 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Prune

54 E. First St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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