by: Lisa Crawford
The East Village is known to have everything a New Yorker could ever want, specifically when it comes to food. Whether it’s Thai, Chinese, Korean, or Indian, you are sure to find something to please your taste buds.
Spice- The beautiful surrounding of Spice in the East Village makes this restaurant the ideal place for a romantic date. The large, wooden staircases and the gorgeous burgundy walls give off a warm and sexy vibe. And the Thai and Chinese menu makes Spice the ideal spot for any indecisive couple. The Beef Pad Thai is an obvious choice, but if you want to “spice” your night up, try the Drunk Man Noodles with Chicken or, of course, the Volcanic Chicken which arrives on fire! http://www.spicethainyc.com/spice/home/index.html77 E 10th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 388-9006
Purple Ginger – The large neon purple sign will be a beacon for those looking for a scrumptious meal. And the vegetarian choices on the menu will make Purple Ginger a go to spot. Many locals call this place a hidden gem and one of the best Thai restaurants in the neighborhood. You must try the Spicy Drunken Noodles. They are fantastic!http://www.purplegingernyc.com 507 E 6th St. New York, NY 10009 (212) 228-9688
Klong– The eccentricity of Klong is what brings the locals in for more. Whether it’s the large statue in the middle or the bright red walls, you are sure to enjoy the environment of this St. Mark’s Place restaurant. The delectable Thai entrees are authentically tasty. The Pad Kee Mao and the Grilled Squid Legs are “absolutely amazing” according to guests. No matter what you choose, your dinner is sure to be full of flavor.7 St. Marks Pl, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 505-9955
Hot Kitchen – Hot Kitchen has a menu that shouldn’t surprise you; after all, “hot” is in the name. And if you are a fan of traditional Sichuan Chinese food, then you are in for a major treat. Of course, the Dan Dan Noodles is a must try meal. But if you want to sample something different, the Ox Tongue and Tripe with Spicy Sichuan Dumplings are hot and spicy, just the way you’d expect!http://hotkitchenny.com
104 2nd Ave, Manhattan, NY 10003
(212) 228-3090 Yunnan Kitchen – If comfort is your thing, Yunnan Kitchen is the spot for you. The brick walls and the beautifully hand crafted banquets give the impression that you are at home awaiting a scrumptious meal. With culinary influences from Southern China, the small plates that are offered at Yunnan Kitchen are sure to make you smile. We love the Lamb Meatballs, the Charred Eggplant, and the Tofu Ribbon Salad. Yum!
79 Clinton St. New York, NY 10002
Boka – The style of Boka makes this restaurant a great option for a Happy Hour with friends or a fun brunch with the family. Authentic Korean food gives Boka some major popularity points. The Watermelon Soju is a nice refresher to pair with the spiciness of the Soy Garlic Chicken. And it wouldn’t be a visit to a Korean spot if you didn’t order the Bon Chon Chicken. As one guest claims, “You can’t go wrong!”http://bokanyc.com
9 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-2887
Hanjoo – The stunning stone archways of Hanjoo are an attractive welcome sign for those looking for a classy décor. And for some added fun to your sophisticated evening, be sure to order the Korean BBQ dishes. Cooking and sharing with friends are great ways to create a unique dining experience. Some other wonderful dishes are the Pork Belly, the Seafood Pancake and the Bulgogi. You can’t go wrong at Hanjoo.http://hanjoonyc.com
12 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 (646) 559-8683
Spice Cove- Fun and funky with a hint of sophistication, Spice Cove puts its diners in the mood to wine and dine. The Indian and Asian Fusion menu has a variety of dining options that will keep all guests happy. The Chicken Tikka Masala and the Murg Shorba and Coconut Soup are both outstanding. And as an added bonus, Spice Cove has affordable Prix Fixe meals!http://www.spicecoveny.com
326 E 6th St. New York, NY 10003