New Restaurants in the East Village

It's hot as hell in the East Village, at least where the new Mexican restaurant Diablo Royale Este is concerned. The neighborhood's newest dining crop has a fancy entry in Faustina, but most are the kind of neighborhood joints that East Villagers get excited about: burgers at Grassfed, inventive Vietnamese at DOB 111 and super cheap falafel (like $2 cheap) at Cheep's Pita Creations. (Photo: The Brindle Room)

Updated: June 03, 2010

New East Village Restaurants


Diablo Royale Este

167 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Using the diabolical formula that made its older sister so popular in the West Village--killer margaritas, Hades-chic decor, upscale Mexican food--this newcomer is already hot as hell in the East Village.


Le Da Nang

75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

This new Vietnamese spot offers dishes that range from delicious to inauthentic and has an interesting list of Asian beers and a questionable lineup of specialty cocktails.


Tallgrass Burger

214 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

The corn-fed-cow-loving Josh Ozerskys of the world may want to avoid this spot, where grass-fed beef aficionados come to graze on big burgers at not-bad prices.


The Brindle Room

277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

An Employees Only vet is behind this tiny restaurant, with a mini-menu of shared plates ranging from steak tartare to duck confit poutine back to chicken fried steak, plus a full bar.


Bar Paya

65 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Really just a tapas-serving annex of the adjacent Winebar, Bar Paya serves diminutive plates of trendy Peruvian cuisine--think ceviche of sea bass, bitter orange, botija olive, and fennel--in a casual, vino-friendly atmosphere.


Faustina

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Faustina, located in the Cooper Square Hotel, is Scarpetta chef Scott Conant's sleekest restaurant yet; it's been constantly packed despite mixed reviews from major critics.


South Brooklyn Pizza

122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

This confusingly named pizzeria is the just-opened sibling to the original Carroll Gardens location and serves pies and slices of its deeply charred, medium crust four-cheese pizzas and not much else.


Dob 111

115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Michael "Bao" Huynh's lucky 13th restaurant serves progressive, French-leaning Vietnamese plates in a comfy, date-friendly setting; don't miss the crawfish spring rolls or the duck confit hash.


Taureau

127 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

This snug fondue spot from the owner of La Sirene is all about the dipping--scalding pots of cheese, oil and chocolate are all the place serves--and though it's not cheap, the BYOB policy evens things out.


Cheep's Pita Creations

129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Proving to be a rival even to ultra-cheap Middle Eastern favorite Mamouns, Cheep's has falafel sandwiches for less than a subway ride, and there's an ample salad bar full of free toppings.