Traveling isn't easy when you're visiting a new city and have a palate created by BurgaBox. Everyone is screaming "pick me" on Instagram and Yelp but it can be hard to tell which places are actually worth the stop. That's where we come in. Our weekly post, "24 Hours in the City" will help you filter out the phonies and conquer each city with a full stomach and a slight buzz. Because that's the only way we know how to travel.
When it comes to eating and drinking in New York City, there is no way to conquer this place in just one day. We've tried, and ended up with a three day food hangover and a few new notches in our belts. So this time, we are moving slowly and taking it one neighborhood at a time. This week, get a breakdown of the East Village with expert advice from the #BurgaBoss on where to start and end your night.
Here's where to start...
Breakfast: Get that metabolism going with one of these staple East Village breakfast spots.
Cafe Mogador: Cafe Mogador serves moroccan-inspired cuisine and one of the best brunches in town. Get there early for breakfast and order the Moroccan Benedict or the Haloumi Eggs.
Tompkins Square Bagel: When in NYC, eat a bagel. And don't miss out on the Tompkins Square Bagel craze. Although this landmark is known to create quite the line on weekends, think of it as a reassertion that these are the best bagels in town. Whether you load up on Lox, get something sweet or go out on a limb with the mac & cheese bagel, you will never leave hungry or disappointed.
San Marzano: First, I will preface that you can get a plate of pasta for nine dollars here. This may seem like a rip off to the average person from Suburbia, but in New York City this is a steal! The pasta menu is very extensive and it is designed to allow any sauce to pair with the pasta shape you are craving.
Veselka: One word. Pierogis. Veselka serves some of the best, authentic Ukrainian food in all of NYC and has made a name for itself with the help of the pierogi! I recommend ordering the cheese, goat cheese & arugula, meat, and potato fillings and A LOT of them. If you are as completely obsessed with this place as I am, Veselka is also open late night.
Midday drinking: A BurgaBox guide would not be complete without some afternoon cocktails and craft beer. If you want to be completely mind blow by a sh*t ton of beer, Alphabet City Beer Co. will do that for you. With over 350 varieties of craft batted beer and 12 unique rotating taps, Alphabet City Beer Co. must be your first drinking spot of the day. Play board games, drink peanut butter and chocolate beer and enjoy the gradual buzz all the way to your next bar. Finish your beer and get cozy with a glass of happy wine at The Immigrant for a last bit of calm before the all night storm.
Lil' Frankie's: Two months have officially passed since I first touched my lips to Lil' Frankie's Italian food and I still dream about my meal today. First, you should know that this restaurant is great for big groups and you can make a reservation. That is key and rare in NYC. Next, bring a lot of cash money because that's the only way you can pay. The pizza and pasta are the way to go and I recommend choosing both. I've tried the Bianca and the Mezzi Rigatoni Polpettini Ragu (cooked perfectly aldente) and they were both freaking amazing.
Cienfuegos: When your New Yorker friend describes Cienfuegos, they will start out by exclaiming, "order a punch bowl! You'll get to drink it out of tea cups!" And the adjectives "unique", "vintage" and "comfortable" will be used to describe the decor and chill vibes of the restaurant. Cienfuegos has been known take any city girl or guy out of their hectic world and bring them into a Cuban paradise. The tapas, luxury leather seats and punch bowls will surely take the city edge off and with a smile.
Dessert: After three solid meals and a lot of liquids, the thought of another piece of food might seem revolting or quite simply impossible. We don't care. Seriously, this is not the point in your day to tap out and give into a food coma. Milk Bar, a bakery owned by Christina Torsi of the Momofuku restaurants might hold the title as having the best desserts in New York City. We love the B'day Truffles but the Crack Pie and Compost Cookies have made a name for themselves all over social media. The cakes are pretty legendary as well.
Now, get ready for a late night...
Head over to Bowery street and hit up The Wren to drink a hot toddy and a Gin N' Roses in order to push through the drowsiness that your food baby is now causing you. Next, get the group morale up at Ace Bar where you can bring out the inner arcade nerd and dominate in skeeball and hustle a few people in a game of pool. When you feel rowdy enough to dance, spend the rest of your night at Solas Bar. The drinks are reasonably priced and the D.J. will get help you shave off the thousands of calories that you just consumed. Win, win.
Late Night Eats: Let's be real. Have you ever visited New York City with out ending your night in a pizza joint? Didn't think so. Artichoke's Pizza serve slices that are twice as big as your face and will help with your hangover in the morning. See below.
Now that you have successfully ate more carbs in 24 hours than you probably have in a week, I hope that you leave the East Village satisfied and ready to conquer another NYC neighborhood. Let us know if you end up visiting (or have visited) these places and how you liked them!
Look out for us next week in our next "24 Hours in the City" and conquer another city, one day at a time!