New York: Eats in East Village List

Welcome to our brand new Lists series where we bring you quick, pocket list guides with no fuss details on what, where, when, how and why to visit, enjoy, and experience.

Kick it off, we’ll be sharing our favorite Eats in NY’s East Village. Love the list? Support west & ease by becoming a patron today at



108 E 4th St New York, NY 10003 | Yelp

Japanese comfort food for the soul including some of the best curry and rice bowls.

Favorite dish will always be the una-tama don which includes a delicious mix of unagi, egg, mushroom, and sauce over a bowl of rice.


Caracas Arepa Bar

91 E 7th St New York, NY 10009 | Yelp

Venezuelan arepas that’ll remind you of being on the beach if you’ve ever been to Rockaway. Basically, really great arepas and drinks.

Favorite arepa is La Sureña which is grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado, and chimichurri sauce.



230 E 9th St, Fl 2 New York, NY 10003 | Yelp

Japanese tea room serving delicious savory, sweet, and bubbly varieties. A little pricey for a smaller portion but worth the try.

Favorite dish will always be the warubi mochi.

Tip: This place is normally packed for dessert but you can also do dinner and drinks here.


Ise Restaurant

63 Cooper Sq New York, NY 10003 | Yelp

Japanese focused on handmade buckwheat soba.

Favorite dishes include the Hexagon bento which comes in 3 levels with cold soba, nigiri, salmon prepared in three ways. Also, squid ink soba with ikura and uni.

Tip: Book a reservation ahead of time to make sure you get a seat. This place gets packed at dinner. There’s also good lunch special pricing.



342 E 6th St New York, NY 10003 | Yelp

Japanese udon to warm your soul. They’re a small establishment now with two locations that’ll serve you some of the best warm and cold udon. Try the East Village location for true small format Japanese restaurant vibes.

Favorite dishes include ankimo pate (monkfish liver), Chikara udon (chicken, toyko negi, and mochi), Niku udon (honeycomb tripe and beef shortrib), and always with yasai tempura (vegetable) on the side.

Tip: You can join the line on the waitlist from the Yelp app which’ll save you some wait time outside the restaurant.


Root & Bone

200 E 3rd St New York, NY 10009 | | Yelp

Brunch me, please. If you’re in the mood for American brunch that’s worth the wait time, Root & Bone serves up top dishes including biscuits & gravy, fried chicken, and the sticky buns.


Somtom Der

85 Ave A New York, NY 10009 | Yelp

Northern Issan Thai that’ll give you spice and bang for your buck. The spice is no joke here, be sure to clarify if you want Thai spicy or American spicy. Hint: Thai spicy is  🔥.

Favorite dishes include pad thai with crab, papaya salad with salted black crab, grilled rice (on the stick), coconut rice, and larb. Oh, and always with an iced longan tea.

Tip: Go with a friend so you can try all the dishes. It’s worth it.


Thursday Kitchen

424 E 9th St New York, NY 10009 | | Yelp

Korean tapas perfect for drinks and a bite to eat. They’re known for their alcoholic capri-suns but we recommend opting for a regular drink.

Tip: No reservations so show up early.


What’s your favorite?

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