The East Village/Alphabet City has a bit of a reputation for being grungy. It doesn’t seem to have the allure of the Lower East Side or the shiny-toy syndrome of any of the other villages (Greenwich or West), but I still love it there. Thanks to its inconvenient location off the L line, the people here are far and few in between and that’s why I like it. I know everybody enjoys taking the L one stop and roaming around 2nd Ave saying they’re in the “village,” but as someone who lives on Avenue C, I’d like to give you an insider’s look of a night out east of 1st ave.
East Village, or as I like to call it “The BEAST village,” has some of the best food I have ever eaten. A classy, yet still inexpensive dining establishment is Eleven B located on (you guessed it) 11th and B. No need for a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night because this place sports large, round picnic tables to eat on. Their specialty? Personal but not so mini pizzas and cheap(ish) bottles of wine — not sure what’s better.
Still looking for a snack after the meal? Head over to Wayland on 9th and C to pregame before the pregame. There you’ll find more bar snacks, more drinks and hopefully less people. Once you’ve had your fill of cheese and basil pizza you can head down one block and hit up Dream Baby for the real pregame. I like to think of it as my go-to chill New York City lounge. It’s what I thought a New York City lounge would be like before I moved to New York and I absolutely love it. It’s very low-key, the drinks are good and it’s never too crowded (plus happy hour is until 8 p.m. everyday). The bartenders are great at giving suggestions and are always happy to make you a new concoction.
Are your veins filled with enough pre-game liquor? Perfect. Head on over to 13th and A and park yourself at Fat Buddha. As I’m writing this I’m wondering why I don’t go more often because this place is MAGIC. The DJ is always on point with the music, mixing old school with some new school and some of the school that isn’t even out yet. It’s one of those places where you’ll step outside for air, look at your phone and wonder how it got to be 5 a.m.
Since I live up the block I would head home and possibly order some Papa Johns or San Loco. For those of you commuting elsewhere, swing by Empire Biscuit and get the egg and cheese biscuit sandwich with scallion crema and ranch on the side.
This typical night out, ladies and gentlemen, is the recipe for a fantastic evening. Don’t be afraid to venture past A, you never know what gems you my find.