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Get Great Bacon in the East Village

It’s a schlep if you live on the Upper West Side, but the bacon at East Market Village & Deli is just as good-maybe better-than what you’ll find at the Greenmarket.  And it’s comparably priced as well. This  bacon comes sliced thin.  It fries up nicely with a slightly nutty flavor. What’s more, it’s fun [...]

The First Annual NYC Chowder Slam is Set for March 21

The First Annual NYC Chowder Slam is being held at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.  I have never had a good chowder in New York, but maybe these particular soups  will rise to the occasion.   And, it’s all for a good cause-to support New Amsterdam Market, which is trying to get enough funds [...]

East Village: Sura Serves Up Solid Korean Dishes

We were looking for a lunch place close to work, and my daughter suggested Sura, a Korean eatery near Astor Square. It’s cheap, fast and good, just what you want for a midday eatery. My friend chose better than I did from the enormous menu. A beef bulgogi box was pretty pedestrian but the pumpkin [...]

East Village: Two Bakeries, the Old and the New

I’m a total sucker for bakeries. I can’t resist their intoxicating aroma of butter and sugar. So, on my lunch hour recently, I dropped into two East Village bake shops. One is an old kosher bakery left over from the days when the East Village was an ethnic enclave. Another caters to the hipster crowd. [...]

East Village: Astor Center Does Summer Pies

For me, summer is all about fruit pies, crisps, cobblers and the like. Stop by the Greenmarket and pick up some fresh blueberries, blackberries or other seasonal fruit. Then, scurry on down to the Astor Center for this hands-on lesson in creating some good eatin’ pies and tarts. Hands-On Summer Fruit Pastries: Tarts, Pies, Cakes, [...]