EAST VILLAGE+ LOWER EAST SIDE
American. Celebrity chef and culinary teen prodigy Flynn McGarry’s offers two types of experiences: an all- day café serving coffee, tea, housemade pastries and a snack menu, and two dinner-party seatings in The Dining Room, at 6 and 9 pm, serving McGarry’s curated 12- course meals. B & L (daily), D ( Tu-Sa). 116 Forysth St., btw Broome & Delancey sts. No phone.
Contemporary Chinese. Hunan rice noodles and small plates (cherry tomato marinated in plum sauce; chicken feet braised and tossed in chili oil) are served in sleek, wood-paneled and brick- walled digs, at this elegant, new noodle shop. D ( Tu-Su). 112 First Ave., at E. 7th St., 646.585.9585.
Contemporary Mexican-Vegan. The menu of traditional Mexican fare—in a cozy, colorful space with a plentiful tequila and mescal list—is all vegan, and includes specialties such as the palm carnitas taco: blueberry and flaxseed tortilla, hearts of palm, jackfruit, orange, salsa verde and micro cilantro. L & D (daily). 162 E. Broadway, at Rutgers St., 646.883.5453.
Jewish/American. This iconic spot has been serving pastrami, corned beef, knishes, housemade pickles and other classics since 1888, and stays open around the clock F-Su. Tickets are given for purchase and seating; don’t lose them! B, L & D (daily). 205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St., 212.254.2246.
PIG AND KHAO
Filipino/ Thai. Southeast Asian-inspired offerings— Hainanese duck; pork head with chili and a whole egg; ground pork with ramen noodles and crispy anchovies— are served in an intimate, colorful space from a wife/ chef and husband/sous chef duo. A cozy outdoor patio offers a $15 all-you- can- drink, self-pour Narragansett beer on tap. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 68 Clinton St., btw Rivington & Stanton sts., 212.920.4485.
Contemporary Korean. French infuences from tenures at Daniel and Culinary Institute of America shine in Chef Soogil Lim’s less-spice- oriented dishes, but his traditional Korean plates (shrimp, squid, manila clam and tofu flan in spicy seafood broth) make reservations hard to get. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 108 E. 4th St., btw First & Second aves., 646.838.5524.
Ukrainian. A late-night East Village institution since 1954, this 24-hour Ukrainian diner serves up handmade pierogi and renowned borscht, alongside conventional American classics and seasonal specials like watermelon iced tea. B, L & D (daily). 144 Second Ave., at E. 9th St., 212.228.9682.