The 11 Best Restaurants in the East Village Right Now

Which restaurant in the East Village is the best?

Are you looking for the best restaurants in the East Village? Then you’ve come to the right place – because I’m going to show you the hottest and most authentic places where New Yorkers hang out. The choice of restaurants in East Village is unsurprisingly large – so there’s bound to be something for you! After all, it’s one of the neighborhoods in Manhattan known for its bars and restaurants.

To help you quickly and easily see which spot is near you, find all East Village restaurants on an interactive map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Restaurants in the East Village

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    Angelica Kitchen

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

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    Avant Garden

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    In the cozy restaurant in the East Village, the food is served in a very stylish way. The quality is excellent and it tastes fantastic.

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    Bar Primi

    Italian Restaurant in East Village
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    The Bar Primi is a small pasta shop that offers brunch, lunch and dinner with great Italian wines. Of course the typical Italian desserts are not missing. Everything is handmade – from the pasta to the sauce – and the authentic interior makes you feel as if you have made a little detour to Italy.

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    Beetle House NYC

    American Restaurant in East Village
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    Created to honor and celebrate the horror culture, Beetle House NYC is a year-round Halloween-themed party. With pieces and props inspired by the works of Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe and others, Beetle House is a must-see as one of the main Halloween theme restaurants in NYC.

    If you’re just stopping by for drinks, there’s no need for reservations – just slide up to the bar and order your Coco Skellington or your The Beetle’s Juice. If you are stopping by for the $55 prix-fixe dinner, which includes main courses like Edward Burger Hands and Sweeney Beef, it’s best to call in advance to reserve your spot.

    Take a look at the incredible decorations and make your reservation at Beetle House’s official website.

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    Mighty Quinn's

    BBQ in East Village
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    What can we say: the shop in the East Village was packed (and that in the evening 10 p.m.) and the BBQ is really delicious. But not only in the East Village you can find a branch of Mighty Quinns BBQ – there are several branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Spareribs, Spicy Chicken Wings, Pulled Pork and Brisket – this is just a selection of what you can order at Mighty Quinns BBQ.

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    Motorino

    Italian Restaurant in East Village
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    In the small and cute restaurant there are very, very tasty pizzas. The base is nice and crispy and the tomato sauce tastes especially good. If you like, you can also take your order with you.

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    Prune

    American Restaurant in East Village
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    A great restaurant that offers modern American cuisine. The ambience, the food and the staff are excellent.

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    Rosie’s NYC

    Mexican Restaurant in East Village
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    Rosie’s Mexican restaurant in the East Village serves bold Mexican flavors redesigned in a modern way. Their tacos are made with corn tortillas that are black in color and always fresh, making for a tasty and colorful meal. Rosie’s is well known for their delicious veggie tacos called coliflor al mole, which is made with roasted cauliflower, plantain, house-made mole, and pickled onions. These tacos are full of exciting flavors. The crispy, delicata fried squash rings are also a favorite at Rosie’s. They are slightly sweet with a perfectly light outer layer of batter. There is also always room for dessert when it comes to their traditional churros con chocolate. 

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    Superiority Burger

    Burger Spot in East Village
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    At Superiority Burger you can get – besides the best vegetarian burgers in town – also the best ice cream! Brooks Headley was an award-winning pastry chef.

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    Taqueria St. Marks Place

    Mexican Restaurant in East Village
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    This Mexican food is the real deal. Taqueria St. Marks Place boasts a 100% authentic menu without fajitas, nachos, or cheesy Mexican decorations. Instead, they serve traditional tacos with unique cuts of meat which are lengua (cow tongue), cabeza (cow head), and buche (cow stomach). These unique cuts make the best tacos in NYC. Each taco is a must-try and they all have a different texture. You can’t go wrong with any of these tacos whether you try the tender cabeza meat to the slightly chewy lengua. For those who are not feeling as adventurous there are also carnitas (pork), bistec (steak), and pescado (fish) tacos. 

The Best Restaurants in the East Village on the Map

A map with all restaurants in East Village can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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