New York City is a culinary mecca. A gastronomic paradise, if you will. No food crawl is complete without a trip to Manhattan’s East Village, where many restaurants specialize in one dish or item. Below are a few places not to be missed if you’re looking for where to eat in New York.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
328 East 14th St., 212-228-2004, www.artichokepizza.com
Don’t let the line down the street deter you; this slice of heaven is worth the wait. The tiny storefront offers only a handful of respectable pizzas, but the true star of the show is the artichoke pie, a tangy, delicious blend of cream, cheese, spinach, artichokes and spices atop a thick cracker crust.
178 E. 7th St., 212-777-2151, www.porchettanyc.com
This salty, greasy delicious Italian street food comes to New York by way of a tiny storefront on East 7th Street where fans line up for slow-roasted pork loin sandwiches complete with crispy bits of skin.
100 St. Marks Pl., 212-505-2121, www.dumplingman.com
Every Chinese take-out shop in the city offers either pan-seared or steamed dumplings, but few take pride in producing this delectable treat the way the Dumpling Man does. Choose from traditional pork and scallion or venture into new territory with tofu, mushroom and bok choy or shrimp, whitefish, corn, ginger and pickled cabbage. Don’t forget to sample their unique sauces for an added kick.
123 Second Ave., 212-674-1234, www.pommesfrites.ws
Grab a cone to go of Belgian fries and choose one of their 27 dipping sauces. Favorites include curry ketchup, wild mushroom mayo and mango chutney.
93 E. 7th St., 212-387-8487, www.lukeslobster.com/eastvillage
Can’t make it to Maine this summer? No problem. Head to this seafood shack for some of the best and most traditional lobster rolls in town. Try your roll Maine style with chilled lobster served on a toasted, buttered bun or opt for the New England style with mayonnaise and secrets spices.
Momofuko Milk Bar
351 E. 13th St., 347-577-9504, www.milkbarstore.com
All of the desserts here are fantastic, but many come for the wildly addictive and appropriately named Crack Pie. This brown sugar, butter, vanilla and oat cookie confection will have you jonesing for days.