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The best eateries and shops to check out in the East Village.
Ethnic eateries abound on St. Marks Place, including these two standouts. Vietnamese cuisine is big in NYC, and newcomer Hanoi House features crispy pig ears in foliage-filled digs. In contrast, pastel-hued La Palapa—now entering its 17th year—specializes in flavorful Mexican fare, both rustic dishes and street food. Hanoi House 119 St. Marks Pl., 212.995.5010 La Palapa 77 St. Marks Pl., 212.777.2537
East Village Books & Records is where bookworms can burrow for used tomes and tunes of all types. Cloak & Dagger blends contemporary designer wares and vintage pieces. At The Lodge, gents stock up on belts and satchels. Every inch of space is filled with games and diversions at toy shop Dinosaur HIll. East Village Books & Records 99 St. Marks Pl., 212.477.8647 Cloak & Dagger 334 E. 9th St., 212.673.0500 The Lodge 220 E. 10th St., 212.777.0350 Dinosaur Hill 306 E. 9th St., 212.473.5850
Clockwise from bottom: The Orpheum Theatre, current home of “Stomp;” duck tacos at La Palapa; the funky sign at Hanoi House; Cloak & Dagger storefront.
Belly up to the raw bar—or snag a seat in the booklined nook—at Goodnight Sonny, which offers several varieties of market-fresh oysters to down with its Dirty Bird, Cross Eyed Bear and other intriguingly named cocktails. Once the site of a speakeasy (you can still see bullet holes in the walls), tiny William Barnacle Tavern, which shares an address with Theater 80 St. Marks, features absinthe, a dark atmosphere and Celtic music on Monday nights. Goodnight Sonny 134 First Ave., 646.692.3254 William Barnacle Tavern 80 St. Marks Pl., 212.388.0388
Trash cans, hubcaps and other mundane objects make beautiful music at “Stomp” at the historic Orpheum Theatre. From magic shows to Negro Ensemble Company productions, there’s always something going on at Theater 80 St. Marks. Adjacent to it, the Museum of the American Gangster is an ode to the bad guys of bygone days. “Stomp” 126 Second Ave., 800.982.2787 Theater 80 St. Marks 80 St. Marks Pl., 212.388.0388 Museum of the American Gangster, 78 St. Marks Pl., 212.228.5736