Why 31-Year-Old Cafe Mogador Is Still an Anchor of the East Village

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On a recent Friday evening, assorted groups of people were waiting on the sidewalk, passing the time until their tables were ready. The crowd was mostly locals, though a few part-time models were standing just off the curb, next to a kid wearing a "Welcome to NYU" shirt, and his parents. This will almost certainly be your introduction to Cafe Mogador (101 St. Marks Place, 212- 677-2226).



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Drink in New York City History at Old Town Bar

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In 1892, long before the mass production of automobiles and 39 years before the completion of the Empire State Building, the German bar Viemeisters opened at 45 East 18th Street. 122 years later, it remains standing, now known as Old Town Bar (45 East 18th Street, 212-529-6732).

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Find the Best Ham (and Mustard) in the City at East Village Meat Market

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A Man and His Sausages: Andrew Ilnicki
Many of this city's neighborhoods once filled with vibrant ethnic communities have all but disappeared, their roots erased as they become home to newer residents, and in turn, less specialty shops and cultural awareness. Look at Williamsburg and the Lower East Side for proof. And that's what makes places like the East Village Meat Market (139 Second Avenue, 212-228-5590) so unique now; this taste of the old neighborhood has held strong against the gentrification tide, and it's been serving the best of Eastern European meat products and goods for 44 years.

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What to Order at Four-Decade-Old Fortunato Brothers

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At just past 8 a.m., the masses of humanity slowly start entering the shop. Mothers on their cell phones, three day-bearded graphic designers, and men in sweat pants and gold chains file in, hungry and in need. It's a diverse swatch of Brooklyn that goes to Fortunato Brothers (289 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-2281) for a sweet fix, looking for a taste of the familiar.


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Why Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop Is a Pillar of the NYC Diner Scene

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Hit Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (174 Fifth Avenue, 212-675-5096) at the end of the lunch rush, and it will still be busy, full of a unique mix of construction workers, businessmen, locals, and a few tourists, who share the 25-seat long counter. You'll see suited types with gold pinkie rings enjoying pastrami on a sub roll, and you'll hear German tourists discussing just exactly what a tuna melt is. With its melting pot of cultures and dependable food, Eisenberg's exemplifies the essence of a true New York diner.

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Post-Remodel, Is the Village's 99-Year-Old Caffe Dante Still Worth the Visit?

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The coffee shop hang, a quintessential European custom, is a dying fad in this country. Where once writers and intellectuals came to talk about the world's problems and joys and ingest caffeine, we now do actual -- and often independent -- work. Calls are made, emails are sent and replied to, and profiles are stalked. In Greenwich Village, where coffee shops and music flourished in the 1960s with the likes of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk, there is still one place that remains a coffee hangout: Caffe Dante (79 MacDougal Street, 212-982-5275).

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Inside the Best Kept Secret in Brooklyn: Emily's Pork Store

For 40 years, Emily's Pork Store (426 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn) has been serving Williamsburg some of the best homemade sandwiches, sausage, salami, cheese, among other traditional Italian gourmet products. Behind the counter, Jerry Aliperti, the owner, can be found juggling tasks -- cutting meat, making sandwiches, stuffing sausages and chatting with customers.

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The Finest Juice Bar in the City: Tra La La

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Kevin Kessler
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It's early afternoon at the Essex Street Market (120 Essex Street [at Delancey Street]) as Ira Stolzenberg and Ron Budinas -- partners for the past 40-plus years -- work their adjoining storefronts, juicing vegetables for Tra La La Juice Bar and slicing fresh fish for their fish stall, Rainbo's. They also work on applying green and orange icing to a custom-order cake, another aspect of their mini-conglomerate at the southwest corner of the market. Known for their fresh fish, healthy juices, and fresh baked goods, Ira and Ron are busy from dawn till dusk.

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Here's Where to Find the Best Smoked Salmon in the City

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On the streets of Williamsburg and throughout Manhattan, the idea of preserving something from years ago, like a vintage Vespa or your grandmother's sewing machine, is very much in style. In the last year alone, three of the most hyped restaurants have been based on old Jewish culinary traditions: Russ and Daughters Café, Baz Bagels, and Black Seed Bagels. But the best place to find the treats that those places specialize in still exists, and it's only a short 6-train away.

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The UES's Silver Star Is One of the City's Best Diners

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Kevin Kessler
Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer went to Monks Coffee Shop all those years for a reason: diners are comfortable. A great diner is the opposite of stuffy without being a dive; it's where people feel at home when they eat. And for many New Yorkers, the neighborhood diner is situated in psychological space firmly between the office and home.

But finding a good diner is like finding a good tailor: It takes time, and trust develops over many visits. You want a place where you can hang comfortably with friends and strangers, where you can recharge your battery. You want a go-to restaurant, a place that's always your back-up plan and the perfect spot for a post-drinks nightcap.

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