Upvoted by Kellie Norris and 23 others
jared-radas

Jared Radas

New York City

https://instagram.com/jradas2126/

Sous Chef at Marea

Jared Radas

Sous Chef at Marea

Answer found helpful by Wilson Cho and 30 others

Walking down Orchard, it can be quite easy to miss the nondescript storefront that houses one of the LES' best kept secrets. I first discovered Cheeky's this past July and my obsession has grown since. The service is quick and the staff is super friendly. The fried chicken on a biscuit is by far my go-to order, paired with a chicory coffee, and for under $10 its a steal. The chicken is breaded and fried until beautifully golden, topped with a gravy that would make your grandmother green with envy, and is sat on top of a red cabbage slaw that adds just the right amount of acid that creates a perfectly balanced sandwich. If it's not going to break your bank, I highly recommend ending the meal with an order of the ben-yays. The other sandwiches offered (beef, pork, grass - vegetarian, a veggie muffalata, and sea - choice of fried shrimp, oyster, or both) are all equally delicious as the the chicken, and all are reasonably priced under $10. If you're around the LES, its a must stop experience.

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sarah-williams

One can not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Sarah Williams

Talk about a hidden gem! Definitely going to check this out

Reply over 1 year ago

eliot-abrams

My friends think I'm a food snob

Eliot Abrams

Yes I would concur, this was a sweet find. Thanks for sharing!

Reply over 1 year ago

jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Love this spot, I stumbled upon this place myself and have been going back since. It's always a difficult choice to either go there or Pies N Thighs which just opened nearby. The storefront to Cheeky is still really easy to miss.

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Leo Valderamma and 22 others
22 St Marks Pl, New York, NY
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Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Answer found helpful by Sarah Bridawitz and 16 others

The Falafel Sandwich- The OG vegan sandwich. t was a vegan treat before veganism was a thing. Born out of necessity, much like many a delicious treat. I like to call this sandwich "accidental Vegan", which is my favorite type of Vegan food.

Mamoun's version is a great, warm, quick and CHEEP snack. Meal for you normal people :) It's chewy pita stuffed with crispy falafel with a warm steamy center, saucy tahini dressing and crispy lettuce, tomato and onion salad. I always get it the traditional way. None of this hot sauce, hummus or extra stuff business. And its only $3.50

I also always order their Knafe dessert (finely shredded filo dough with nuts and sugar syrup), although it leaves me pining for Knafe buh Jbneh (same thing with a sweet, fresh cheese filling... kinda like middle eastern cheesecake with tons more texture). If you EVER see that on any menu, order away and thank me later. Especially if its fresh out of the oven.

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anita-malhotra

Any time's a good time for a margarita

Anita Malhotra

I lived off Mamoun's in my NYU days the same way most college students live off Ramen

Reply over 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

I'm hungry just thinking about it. No bueno for a Friday morning!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kerry Smith and 19 others
68 Forsyth St #B, New York, NY
kevin-chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Kevin Chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Answer found helpful by Wilson Cho and 34 others

Yes, the world has heard of Xian’s Famous Foods from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and other TV personalities, who have glorified this type of simple, yet complexly seasoned cuisine. The “noodle soup” can be found growing in popularity across the states. At Spicy Village, this place may seem like it’s been a staple of the neighborhood for years. However, with only around 5 years under its belt, this neighborhood eatery which specializes in Henan cuisine will easily over stimulate your palate without breaking your wallet. Coming into the winter months, let the wonderful aromatics of cumin, anise, and chiles warm you in a nice lamb/pork/beef/vegetable broth. Enjoy it with oxtail, beef brisket, lamb, or their signature spicy chicken. I almost forgot to mention their fresh handcut noodles which are amazing! Their menu isn’t very large, and they do offer rice dishes and appetizers which are definitely on par with their main staples. I could go on about my favorite dishes, but I will let everyone discover it for themselves. It is usually packed at dinner time, so my advice is to call ahead and pick up a takeout order. If dining in is more your style, trust me, it’s worth the wait.

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Patricia Dennis

Great post! So what's the verdict? Do you have a preference between Xian's and Spicy Village?

Reply over 1 year ago

kevin-chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Kevin Chun

In my opinion, Xian's "buns" are better than Spicy Village. But Spicy Village's signature dish of their Spicy Chicken is my favorite between the two. They both differ as far as selection, however Xian has more variety and may appeal to a broader audience. I'm a little biased to Spicy Village however since I work near there. Also, as great as Xian is, I've had to pass it up several times because the wait was too long. Considering I know what I want from both restaurants, and I usually need to be in and out, Spicy Village is my go to.

Reply over 1 year ago

carly-liao

Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed

Carly Liao

I love Xian's I can't wait to try out Spicy Village! Nice recommendation Kevin!

Reply over 1 year ago

kevin-malouf

Born in brooklyn, sampled cuisine from all over the world

Kevin Malouf

Just looked up some photos of the spicy chicken dish, looks incredible!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Mike Wilson and 14 others
135 Ludlow St, New York, NY
daniel-sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Daniel Sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Answer found helpful by Michael Gitlevich and 16 others

Ok, where to begin. I often find myself dining in the LES or East Village. When I do I always skip dessert and head to the Creperie for a frozen cheesecake with banana and Nutella crepe! The place is the size of a shoebox and is mostly recognizable by the little statue of a Chef at the front door. There is space for 6-8 people to sit inside but its well worth being crowded as it allows you to look at and listen to what other delicious treat people have chosen for themselves. There are a large variety of both sweet and savory crepes to choose from yet I always find myself ordering the same thing. Always very welcoming and delicious!

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kristin-cardoza

Mother first, chef second

Kristin Cardoza

This place is exactly what I love about the LES. Total hole-in-the-wall and totally delicious. Very nicely said!

Reply over 1 year ago

carly-liao

Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed

Carly Liao

Wow! I love the details about this I will check them out!

Reply over 1 year ago

jason-morey

Jason Morey

ex-East Village

Executive Chef, Harvest Restaurant Group, NJ

Jason Morey

5 years later and they are still strong! I would frequent the Creperie at least 3-4 times a week while working at Essex Restaurant down the street. Banana & Nutella were made for each other!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Navin Narsimhan and 12 others
abby-swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Abby Swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Answer found helpful by Wilson Cho and 17 others

They don't have a large food menu but they don't need one. The burger is so good! It comes with pickled vegetables and a fig aioli. A single patty burger is $8 and and you can add fries for $5 or 5 pc wings for $8. They serve until last call, which is usually 2 am during the week and 4 am on the weekends.

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Top 5 burger in the city, and one that I will go out of my way in the east village for!

Reply over 1 year ago

kayla-chang

Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

That burger looks phenomenal, especially if it has fig aioli! What a flavor combination!

Reply over 1 year ago

kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

That burger is truly delicious.

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Matthew Breuer and 12 others
168 Ludlow St, New York, NY
michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Cynthia McGowan and 20 others

Taquitos- essentially, they are rolled tacos. At Taquitoria, they are, in their own words, "San DIego Style", that is, rolled then fried crispy. It my words, they are delicious. Take your choice of meat (beef, pork, chicken) or black bean, then smother it in either a guacamole based sauce and lettuce, or a cheese sauce with jalapenos and sour cream. They are a) awesome drunken munchies; b) awesome snackies; c) a delicious light meal; but mostly D) ALL OF THE ABOVE. 5 of them for $9 is more than enough to refill me and keep my night going. Try it. Thank me later. If you don't believe me, check out the Munchies episode of Chef's Night Out with Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao, it was one of the spots they hit as they ate and drank their way around the city.

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kathleen-jacobs

Aspiring chef, food blogger

Kathleen Jacobs

Uh this looks AWESOME. Thanks Mike!!!

Reply over 1 year ago

miles-bernstein

Food photographer and writer

Miles Bernstein

Open until 2am it looks like. A perfect spot to eat late night if you're drinking down in the LES!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Samantha Butler and 10 others
sarah-blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Sarah Blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Answer found helpful by Christopher Thurber and 20 others

Delicious and ridiculously cheap, the LES location is the real deal. You can eat in or take out, but you definitely won’t go for the atmosphere. That being said, watching the staff make everything in front of you with speed and efficiency will keep you entertained as you scarf down your food. The Sesame Pancake sandwich with Peking Duck will fill you up and costs just $3, leaving you questioning whether or not to take one more to go for later. The dumplings go as high as $5 for a plate of 8, but if you want to have the simple and classic, you can eat for as little as $2.50. No matter what you get your wallet won’t hurt and you will leave both smiling and craving a short nap.

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neha-patel

Neha Patel

New York City

Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living

Neha Patel

This was the equivalent of mac n cheese or ramen for me during my NYU days, I ate it an unhealthy amount. But so good and so cheap!

Reply over 1 year ago

debbie-kommer

Big Apple food blogger

Debbie Kommer

I always go to Vanessa's on 14th, but not sure if they have a sesame pancake sandwich with peking duck? I'd love to try it!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Matthew Breuer and 10 others
julianne-hidirsah

Pastry Cook in search of my next big adventure.

Julianne Hidirsah

Pastry Cook in search of my next big adventure.

Answer found helpful by Jean-Marie Dupointe and 14 others

China North has the best dumplings. For just $3 you get a dozen dumplings. They are surprisingly light and fried too perfection. A nice crisp golden brown crust on the outside, they are not too doughy, with a pork and chive filling that has a subtle taste of ginger on the inside. These dumplings do not leave you with that awful fried feeling in the pit of your stomach. You can also order the dumplings frozen, which is great for those late night munchies. Though the place it self has a bit of a Seinfeld Soup Nazi vibe, its completely worth it. A hidden gem in the LES.

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kayla-chang

Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

This is literally the best $3 you will ever spend. I like slightly better than Vanessa's Dumplings even.

Reply over 1 year ago

sue-kim

Sue Kim

New York

Dessert before dinner!

Sue Kim

LOL @ the soup nazi vibe. Spot on! But the dumplings are worth it!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Leo Valderamma and 7 others
shaun-mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Shaun Mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Answer found helpful by Ann Kaufman and 6 others

Arepas are like cornflour made pitas. Hard on the outside and soft on the inside. They are slit and then filled with your choice of stuffing. Anything with plantains is sure to delight, but the real favorite is Del Gato!

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claire-hawthorne

Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina

Claire Hawthorne

I literally lived off these in my 3 years in the east village. So good!

Reply over 1 year ago

miles-bernstein

Food photographer and writer

Miles Bernstein

+1 to the Del Gato, spot on with that recommendation!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Navin Narsimhan and 5 others
shawn-radar-burnette

Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group

Shawn Radar Burnette

Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group

Answer found helpful by fjoae andnoanf and 15 others

I don't ask questions. No seats, you eat out of styrofoam with plastic utisils and miracles occur in this little closet sized piece of paradise. While I have never had anything that wasn't good here, the chive and pork dumplings are transcendental. (Fried or boiled? Get both) Go ahead try and spend more that $10.

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kelsey-ferro

Baker, Blogger, Dog-Lover

Kelsey Ferro

I loved your description! Have you had Vanessa's? If you have I'd love to know how you think they compare!

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

shawn-radar-burnette

Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group

Shawn Radar Burnette

I have and I am spitting hairs here but there is some kind of magic at Prosperity. Brooklyn has a great deal to offer but I head in on the L when I want dumplings or I am broke.

about 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

My mouth watered thinking about the pork and chive dumplings. Great call!

Reply about 1 year ago

kathleen-jacobs

Aspiring chef, food blogger

Kathleen Jacobs

I'm a sucker for good intel on Chinatown, there's so much good stuff but I never hear much other than the usual suspects like Joe's Shanghai, etc.

Reply about 1 year ago

andrew-johnson-35

Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

I love hitting the dumpling spots and loading up on frozen dumplings. I always hear Vanessa and Prosperity but always default to Vanessa's because its right by my place. Good motivation to go down to chinatown and sample what they have to offer!

Reply about 1 year ago

skyler-zeiger

I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food

Skyler Zeiger

To the few people who mentioned it, I agree with Shawn that there is something a bit magical about these dumplings. I definitely prefer them over Vanessa's, and they're worth going out of your way for if you haven't tried them yet.

Reply about 1 year ago

Caroline Choy

Isn't prosperity dumpling closed down at the moment?

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Julie Farley and 5 others
111 1st Avenue, New York, NY
jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Answer found helpful by Samantha Butler and 16 others

If you're in the mood for Filipino food with a modern twist you should check out Maharlika in the East Village. Most of their items are under $10 and their lunch special includes three items for around $9 before tip. Pictured is the homemade corned beef hash if I remember correctly. As a side I recommend the Arroz Caldo for the cold weather, it's like a Chinese congee rice porridge but with much deeper flavor from the ginger and garlic.

If you're really brave try the balut which is a fertilized duck egg which looks like a baby chick fetus inside. I still haven't gotten the courage to try it. If you do, let me know how it is.

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allie-lewate

Foodie and proud

Allie Lewate

I will go here SPECIFICALLY to try the balut, I love trying the strange stuff :)

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

I hear it's delicious, I hope you will enjoy it. If Maharlika is too crowded you can also check out its sister restaurant, Jeepney. They also serve a similar menu that includes balut as well. They are located only a few blocks away.

about 1 year ago

sarah-bridawitz

Coffee addict and proud

Sarah Bridawitz

Cheap and delicious ethnic food is what I'm all about. I will be stopping by here to be sure!

Reply about 1 year ago

victoria-justin

Line cook, just moved to NYC

Victoria Justin

This is my favorite thing I've read on here this week. Photo of this looks SO good!

Reply about 1 year ago

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