Eat at St. Mark’s Place

It’s a brisk March day. And it has been cold for weeks. While you probably have no urgent reason to leave your home in these East Village apartments, you may feel that you’re getting too used to the comforts of home — and those dangerously seductive home food delivery apps. It’s time to head down to the ground floor of EVGB, push open the door, and get outside.

But what’s out there to make an excursion into the cold weather worthwhile? A few blocks down Avenue A at Tompkins Square Park, it hits you — you remember those great foodie spots on St. Mark’s Place your friends keep recommending. Sitting down to a fresh and tasty meal (or picking up something to enjoy in your open-style epicurean kitchen) will brighten even the grayest winter day.

Mokyo | 109 St. Mark’s Place

Close to the park is Mokyo, a cozy yet undeniably elegant nook run by legendary Korean chef Kay Hyun. She offers a concise menu of small tapas plates, fusing Korean flavors with Spanish savoir-faire. Highlights include rice with octopus — a Busan twist on a Valencian seafood classic — and the decadent Wagyu oxtail spring roll, richly spiced with gochujang paste and sweet onion. Their drinks menu offers a carefully selected range of sakes and sojus, including a highly recommended tasting flight if you just can’t make up your mind.

Taqueria St. Marks Place | 79 St. Mark’s Place

Right near the corner with First Avenue is Taqueria St. Marks Place, bravely giving the lie to the old saw that trying to find good Mexican food in New York is a quest best left to the mad and the foolish. Warm, intimate, and with walls adorned by Mexican memorabilia, their solid taco-centric offerings would please even the most jaded palate. They offer a variety of carnitas, juicy suadero, as well as nopal and chilaquiles for those following a plant-based diet. Refreshing margaritas and micheladas round things out on the drinks front.

Klong | 7 St. Mark’s Place

A block away from Astor Place station sits Thai stalwart Klong, their menu ranging from lighter options like a fresh papaya salad or chicken larb, to heartier crowd pleasers like khoa soy, comprising laksa curry noodles with slow cooked chicken drumsticks in a spicy coconut sauce. However, the real star of the show here might be the all-day happy hour — the $3 Sapporo draft beers and $6 mojitos could leave you feeling as though you’ve fallen back in time a decade.

Shaking off the cold as you enter the eatery you choose for your meal — and, of course, this is just a small sampling of the excellent restaurants you’ll find in the neighborhood — moving to EVGB seems like a better idea by the minute. And with so much great food practically on your doorstep, you may want to brave the cold a little more often.

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