Gentrification may have long since sunk its tenterhooks into the East Village, but thanks to rent stabilization and diehard denizens who refuse to move away, the neighborhood still holds the distinction of being the most eclectic in the city. That goes for the restaurants, too -- here, you can find old-school diners, fine-dining gems, cab-driver-filled bodegas, and trendy cantinas, sometimes all on the same block, which makes it an exciting place to fill your belly. Here, we present the 10 best East Village restaurants. And given the sheer quantity of excellent spots, we already know we've forgotten your favorite -- so please let us know what we've missed in the comments.
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