Great breakfast burritos are a rarity in this city, and Downtown Bakery does them extremely well. Theirs are packed tight with steamy scrambled eggs, black beans galore, onions, peppers, and jack cheese to bind everything together. The morning is our preferred time to visit this small, cash-only Mexican counter, but their tortas and tamales with mole poblano are worth trying, too.
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Mokyo is a Korean restaurant in the East Village that serves affordable small plates and alcoholic light-up Capri Suns.
Van Da is a Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village that’s perfect when you want to have cocktails and sample regional Vietnamese dishes.
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Otto’s Tacos is a casual East Village taco place with a simple menu, homemade tortillas, and much-needed West Coast flavor.
Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
For us, Pulqueria is just an exercise in misery. The music is loud, the service sucks, and this place might as well be selling guacamole like night club bottle service.
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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
Zaragoza is a longstanding Mexican deli in the East Village where you can get a couple of tacos, tamarind candy, and a jar of green enchilada sauce.
Yellow Rose in the East Village specializes in fantastic Texan food and homemade tortillas made with Sonoran flour.
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