Though their claim to fame is the fried Korzo Burger, they also have some choice central European fare. On a cold winter's day, nothing is better than the Spicy Hungarian Goulash ($5 small / $15 large).
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You'll find more than just pierogi in the East Village, like these spaetzle-like dumplings topped with fried sauerkraut and bacon.
This cafeteria may be of and for Ukrainian locals, but it's a place of refuge, and nourishment, for any who stop by.
Odessa's bar closed this summer but their diner is alive and kicking. Their eastern European food is by and large weak—bland pierogi, limp potato pancakes, unremarkable kielbasa—but their Blintzes ($7) are clear winners.
If the cold weather alone doesn't convince you, the long walk to Avenue C just might; cold snaps like this call for something like braised beans and sausage, and Kafana, a tiny Serbian spot in Alphabet City, does especially good versions of both.
First Avenue Pierogi & Deli, a tiny stall of a shop off St. Marks Place, offers an extensive selection of pierogi to eat right away or cook at home. They're not perfect, but they're cheap and satisfying all the same.
It looks a little like chow mein, but lagman, the handmade noodles native to the Uyghur people of western China and central Asia, are a different thing altogether.
Poke around the menu and you'll see that this decades-old Polish joint isn't just serving geriatric food. Their Bigos, for instance, is impressive, well worth an order at the counter.
Cafe At Your Mother-In-Law, aka Elza Fancy Food, offers authentic Koryo Saram cuisine, the food of ethnically Korean Uzbekistani immigrants.
Last week news broke that 128 Second Avenue, the East Village building that houses the venerated, 30+ year-old Stage Restaurant, is being sold to new management. Some rumors suggest that the new owners, "a group of four relatively young guys," have little interest in preserving Stage's presence in the East Village. Is one of the neighborhood's great lunch counters at risk?
On a sleepy stretch of Brighton Beach Avenue you'll find Bakery La Brioche, a glitzed-out Russian bakery with gold trim and marble countertops festooned with doughnuts, cakes, and small buns. If you've been disappointed by pretty-looking but dull-tasting pastries elsewhere in Brighton Beach, this bakery may be your answer.
You can opt for one or two eggs on your egg and cheese at B & H, but there's only one choice for bread: their thick-cut fluffy homemade challah, and that's all the choice you need.
This Ukrainian and Russian specialty store has everything you need to eat like a Eastern European at home.
If you want a taste of Georgian food in New York, a cuisine unlike anything else in eastern Europe, you better get ready for a trip down to Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, or Brighton Beach. But here's Oda House, right in Alphabet City. It's been called the only Georgian restaurant in Manhattan, which is not strictly true, but it's certainly the most welcoming. The young restaurant has already become something of a hub for younger Georgians who don't live in south Brooklyn, and it serves some damned fine cheese bread.
Veselka's take on the Reuben swaps out corned beef for a lightly smoked pork sausage.
There's an impressive array of cured and smoked meats at Euro Market in Astoria, all of which can be sliced to order and turned into some fine sandwiches.
Don't be fooled because it's cut into small slices. This burek slice from Bosnian treasure trove Ukus is freaking enormous, one quarter of a 9-inch round. And it's $5 for what's really an afternoon snack for two to three people.