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Restaurants Near Rockwood Music Hall

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. apizz


    217 Eldridge St., Lower East Side, NY 10002

    An under-the-radar Infatuation classic. apizz is always great for a date, or anytime you need some quality Italian food.

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  7. Georgia's East Side BBQ

    Georgia’s Eastside BBQ

    192 Orchard St., Lower East Side, NY 10002

    A couple of years ago, when BBQ was all the rage in NYC, a tiny goldmine unceremoniously opened its doors on the Lower East Side. If you haven’t heard about Georgia’s already, it’s time to take notice.

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  8. Dirt Candy

    Dirt Candy

    430 E. 9th Street, East Village, NY 10009

    Although we’re as far from vegetarian as a Tyrannosaurus Rex, we’ve got ultimate respect for chefs who have the ability to impress without the use of meat. Especially when the the food is as satisfying as what Amanda Cohen has got going on at Dirt Candy. The creativity displayed here is through the roof, and […]

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  9. Yerba Buena

    Yerba Buena

    25 Ave A, East Village, NY 10009

    Good drinks. Good food. Good vibe. Incredibly friendly service. What more can you ask for? It may not be new or cool anymore, but we’ve always loved this East Village Latin establishment. You will too.

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  10. Katz's Deli

    Katz’s Deli

    205 E. Houston Street, Lower East Side, NY 10002

    As the lower east side slowly morphs into Seaside Heights, there’s one thing that stands pat – for now at least. Katz’s Deli isn’t just a glutenous Classic NYC Establishment, it’s a landmark that deserves government funding at this point. Rumors of its potential “the rent is too damn high” demise return every year, but, […]

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