NYC Restaurants


Hearth New American | East Village 

403 E 12th St (1st Ave)



Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssam Bar New American | East Village

207 E 2nd Ave (at 13th St)


Notes: Asian-influenced, creative fare in a casual atmosphere. You can make online reservations ahead for the bo ssam (whole roasted pork) or rotisserie duck meal. Great pork buns.

Momofuku Ko

Momofuku Ko New American | East Village

163 1st Ave (bet 10th & 11th St)


Notes: Counter-seating only, set multi-course menu showcasing highly-inventive Asian-influenced small dishes. Reservations accepted online only, opening at 10:00 a.m. each day. Read my full review of a birthday lunch here: Restaurant Review – Momofuku Ko


Ippudo Japanese Noodle | East Village

65 4th Avenue (bet 9th & 10th St)


Notes: Phenomenal ramen in wonderfully-rich broth and scrumptious pork buns. Casual and affordable, and a hearty greeting when you enter the dining room. No reservations, so expect to wait.