East Village guide: The best of the neighborhood

The East Village is prime shopping and dining territory, but which places stand out? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, bars, shops and things to do.



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PDT Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

The East Village—the blocks east of the Bowery between Houston and 14th Streets—may have lost some of its radical edge (and the unofficial home of U.S. punk, CBGB, is now an upscale menswear store), but remnants of its spirited past endure in arty hangouts like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Despite decades of gentrification, humanity in all its guises still converges in the neighborhood’s parks, bargain restaurants, indie record stores and grungy watering holes. Recent years have seen an influx of standout bars, while a wealth of reasonably priced eateries with cult followings has made the E-Vill a magnet for budget-minded foodies.

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