The East Village has changed significantly over the years. Once a gritty bastion of the arts and music scene, it has, like so many other neighborhoods, become a symbol of gentrification. It's now filled with crowded bars, hip cocktail spots, and expensive restaurants, with only a few affordable options mixed into the fold. Punjabi Grocery & Deli (114 East 1st Street; 212-533-3356), however, is a piece of the old 'hood. The small storefront serves a selection of cheap vegetarian eats.
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