Restaurants, Diners East Village
 (Photograph: Jonathan Aprea)
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
 (Photograph: Jonathan Aprea)
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Although the venerable joint offers classic Greek and Italian dishes, it actually pulls in a frugal, funky clientele for its Eastern European specialties. Potato pancakes are made with real grated potato, and the Romanian pastrami sandwich is salty, fatty and delicious. The stuffed cabbage is light and savory; pierogi and blintzes are deliciously substantial. Adding to the fun are frothy egg creams and saucy waiters.


Venue name: Odessa
Address: 119 Ave A
New York
Cross street: between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 8am–2am; Thu–Sat 24 hrs
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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