Saint Mark’s Place is likely NYC’s coolest street with an endless variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and everything in between. You can pick up a pair of new glasses from a street vendor, make reservations for a nice dinner, and step down into a grungy dive bar all before reaching the next avenue.
While St. Marks offers countless of dining and drinking options you won’t regret (and some you may), here’s a handful of our favorites that you must try asap!
The Bao is a must if you’re craving the some of the best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) on St. Mark’s. Sink your teeth into all kinds of dumpling varieties from pork, to crab meat, and even wasabi. Order the “Super Spicy” at your own risk (the name isn’t lying).
This quaint wine bar is has a cozy feel that’s perfect for grabbing drinks with a friend. Their 2 for 1 happy hour is hard to miss considering to runs from noon to 8 pm all week long.
Did someone say brunch? Cafe Mogador is great for any meal of the day, but our favorite would have to be brunch. It may even be the best in the East Village (open for debate).
Toss your calorie counter and head to Crif Dogs for the best hot dogs on Saint Mark’s Place. Get the “snappy” New Yorker frankfurter, or take it up a notch with an order of the Good Morning (their bacon-wrapped house dog topped with melted cheese and a fried egg).
Bonus: There’s a speakeasy through the phone booth, so if you wan’t to check it out you’ll have to head there early since the wait to get in can quickly reach two hours. But shhh! Please Don’t Tell!
William Barnacle Tavern
This low-key spot is perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different from the other bars on Saint Mark’s. William Barnacle Tavern is a speakeasy from the 1920’s, but the main reason to stop in now is for their delicious absinthe selection. Ask the bartenders for their advice on which one to choose and they’ll be able to tell you everything you want to know about the drink. Oh, and for those late night craving they serve up some killer hot dogs too.
Featured image source [Crif Dogs]