Best Restaurants in the East Village

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the East Village.  

New American · East Village · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

Fit “for foodies or fun times” , this “sleek” East Villager “distinguishes itself” as “passionate” staffers deliver “masterful” French-American cuisine that takes market ingredients “to another level” ; add “fancy infused cocktails” from the “spectacular” bar, and those who “can’t get enough” confide it’s a “best-kept secret – but not for long.”
Kyo Ya
Japanese · East Village · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

At this East Village Japanese in a below-ground space, the Kyoto-style seasonal specialties are “as good as the finest in Tokyo” and the reservations-only kaiseki dinners are a “meal to remember” ; “wonderful” servers and calm surroundings are more reasons its admirers spend big and “leave satisfied.”
Momofuku Ko
American · East Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

A “phenomenal experience” for an “open-minded foodie” , David Chang’s East Village “event” provides a “fascinating tour” of Asian-inspired American cuisine via “extraordinary” tasting menus crafted at a sleekly “comfortable” chef’s counter; the “steep” price tag is considered “well worth” it, so reservations are still as “tough” as “getting past heaven’s gates.”
New American · East Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.3

An “innovator that’s stood the test of time” , chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s East Village “standout” serves a “perfectly curated” menu of “exceptional” New American dishes in “unfailingly professional” style; the only drawbacks are a “toooo small” room with seating “on top of your neighbors” and long lines for the “fabulous brunch.”
Japanese · East Village · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

The sushi is “always fresh” and “wonderful” at this no-frills East Village Japanese, where “unusual” specials and “excellent oysters” are other reasons to go; though not cheap, it’s considered a “pretty good value” given the “quality” – no wonder it’s “frequently full.”
Greek · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

“Not your run-of-the-mill Greek” , this “more upscale” East Villager offers “unbeatable” cuisine that’s “lovingly prepared” and “well priced” for the quality; with a “wonderful” team overseeing a “memorable” space boasting a ceiling lined with terra cotta pots, it’s a “real find.”