Alfresco Dining and Contactless Food Delivery
One of the undisputed joys of living in New York City is access to its bountiful array of world-class dining. From famed Michelin-starred restaurants to mom-and-pop destinations popular with locals in the know, the city is home to every imaginable cuisine, for every occasion and taste bud. Fortunately, many of the beloved restaurants close to the East Village rentals at EVGB are still catering to their loyal clientele via delivery and takeout, as well as providing outdoor dining with safety protocols in place. This means that EVGB residents can entertain and serve up dinner in their open-style epicurean kitchens even if their top-of-the-line Miele appliances have the evening off. Among the local stalwarts that show off the neighborhood’s range of cuisines are Veselka, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and Supper.
A quintessentially East Village dining destination, Veselka—Ukrainian for “rainbow”—has been serving traditional specialties from its Second Avenue home since 1954. The restaurant is something of an unofficial landmark in the Little Ukraine enclave of the East Village, which has been a center of Ukrainian cultural life in the city since World War II. Its summer specials include specialty pierogies, with lobster or roasted plum, in addition to their regular rotation of standard fillings like short rib, potato, and cheese. The menu also includes other traditional Ukrainian specialties, like borscht, matzo ball soup, veal goulash, and stuffed cabbage, as well as standard American fare. Outdoor dining is open, perfect for an evening of leisurely dining and people watching.
Though David Chang has become an international culinary superstar, with his own Netflix series, Lucky Peach magazine, and restaurants spanning the world, he got his start in the East Village when he opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, in 2004. The compact shop on First Avenue could only seat a few lucky patrons at a time, but soon crowds of diners would form each night, all eager for a taste of Chang’s generation-defining Asian cuisine. Chang soon opened up additional restaurants throughout the city, and before long, Momofuku would become a global empire. Today, the pork belly buns and just about all the flavors of ramen are still mouthwatering must-tries and are all available for pickup and delivery for local devotees.
Finally, Supper Restaurant offers the Platonic ideal of a neighborhood Italian restaurant: its menu is pared down and unpretentious, with each classic dish prepared to perfection. The cacio e pepe and tagliatelle al ragu Bolognese make for satisfying comfort food and leave just enough room for a dessert of tiramisu and an espresso (or a perfectly roasted half chicken as a secondi). The relaxed ambiance can be enjoyed with outdoor seating, though their chic private dining room and basement wine vault are worth a visit upon the reopening of indoor dining.
Whether it’s Ukrainian, ramen, or red sauce, whatever residents of EVGB’s East Village apartments decide to order up, they’ll also be taking part in the diversity and culinary greatness their neighborhood is rightly celebrated for.