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  1. Momofuku Ko

    Momofuku Ko

    163 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    It’s been a few years since Momofuku Ko opened, and now that the restaurant world is done freaking out over it, we figured it was time to check in on the place and see how it’s holding up. Well, that and it took us this long to finally get a reservation. By our calculations, that […]

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    111 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    What started as a once a week pop-up brunch has now turned into a Filipino empire in the making. The crew of friends behind this new restaurant called Maharlika felt that Filipino food was under represented in NYC. So, without much in the way of formal training or restaurant experience, they set out to showcase […]

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  3. Empellon Cocina

    Empellon Cocina

    105 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    We are pretty tough on Mexican food in this city. Only two restaurants have a rating of over 8.0 on Immaculate Infatuation, one being La Esquina, which is probably more about the experience than it is the food. To us, putting a couple of fancy tacos on a menu and charging twenty bucks doesn’t make […]

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  4. Russ & Daughters

    Russ & Daughters

    179 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, NY 10002

    When the lights went out and the water came flooding, we couldn’t help but wonder if this could be it. If Sandy were to permanently conquer lower Manhattan, what would we have missed the most? A bagel with belly lox, cream cheese, tomato and capers from Russ & Daughters, the LES institution of smoked fish […]

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  5. The Black Ant NYC

    The Black Ant

    60 2nd Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    An excellent Mexican restaurant in the East Village that might feed you bugs. They also might serve you some of the most inventive plates you’ve seen in a while, along with a stiff drink or two. See why we like it so much?

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  6. Westville East

    Westville East

    173 Ave. A, East Village, NY 10009

    Westville East is the ultimate utility spot that delivers the goods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and does it in affordable fashion.

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  7. Hurricane + Upstate 021

    Upstate Beer & Oyster Bar

    95 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    You might be wondering how it’s possible to grade a world renowned restaurant like wd~50 on the same scale as we would a tiny oyster and beer bar in the East Village. It’s quite simple, actually. Regardless of the level of sophistication or style of cuisine at any given establishment, it all comes down to […]

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  8. Prima


    58 E. 1st St, East Village, NY 10003

    We’ve always been fans of The Summit Bar, however we never reviewed it because the food menu is tiny and the door/bouncer/crowd scenario most nights is unbearable. Thankfully, the kings of cocktail decided it was time to add something a little more gastronomic to their resume. We love a pleasant surprise and that’s exactly what […]

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  9. KyoYa

    Kyo Ya

    94 E. 7th St., East Village, NY 10009

    The name Kyo Ya either means everything to you or absolutely nothing. It’s easy for those unfamiliar to ignore Kyo Ya as just another of the many NYC Japanese restaurants whose names contains “Ya” in it. But don’t be silly. Kyo Ya is a name you need to know, and it’s no ordinary East Village […]

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  10. freemans


    End of Freeman Alley, Lower East Side, NY 10002

    It’s painful going back and reading a lot of the reviews I wrote two and a half years ago, especially this one. Freemans was not only the first review ever written for this website, but my first stab at a restaurant review period. There was nothing Immaculate about my writing skills back then. Although its […]

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