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How to have the perfect day in the East Village

How to have the perfect day in the East Village
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Famed for its punk glory days, this nabe still abounds with no-frills dives, grungy tattoo shops and record stores.

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Grab a bite: The Black Ant
Remember when your so-called friends dared you to eat a bug in preschool? Reconnect with your inner daredevil and consume tacos and guacamole dusted with grasshoppers, worms and the namesake ant at this Mexican eatery specializing in tribal delicacies. Trust us, the grub is not hard to swallow. 60 Second Ave 

Drink like your on vacation: Mother of Pearl
Get the taste and feel of the beach, minus the sand and surf, at this postmodern Polynesian tiki bar that is known for its Instagrammable Shark Eye cocktail (mixed with passion fruit, lemon, curaçao, bourbon, rye and tiki bitters). It’s served in a shark glass and doused with “blood.” Cue the Jaws theme music.95 Ave A 

Stumble upon a free concert: Turntable Lab
Consider yourself vinyl-curious? You’ll feel comfortable flicking through LPs at this nonjudgemental shop at which the owners proudly provide excellent recommendations for amateur record collectors. Check the store’s social pages for news on album-release concerts. Last time we went, we saw indie band the Shacks and drank free beer! 84 E 10th St 

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