I'd like to do a LES/EV food tour with six to eight friends this weekend, and would love input on our itinerary. Our standard LES itinerary includes Donut Plant, Saigon Banh Mi (or Banh Mi So 1), Dumpling House, Il Lab, and the Pickle Guys. That might be too much of a warm weather plan, and doesn't really include enough sit down and get warm places. The group includes a bunch of vegetarians so Katz's and Russ and Daughter's are out, as are many of fantastic sounding rec's on the amazing scoopG tour: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7116... . I think Pommes Frites needs to be included; Xian Famous Foods won't have space enough for all of us, but I may insist we stop (cumin lamb noodles = heaven). But beyond those, it's really been ages, and I haven't kept up with the new, casual, delicious neighborhood options. For example, what about the meatball shop, mentioned in one of the below threads, which got raves in the village voice: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint... Or desserttruck works? Baohaus? Snack Dragon?
1. Space enough for all of us.
2. Casual, so that one or two toddlers won't be out of place or disruptive.
3. Easy to get a bite or two. For example, I've been meaning to try Northern Spy Co for ages, but is it the sort of place where we can get some apps and skedaddle? It may be best saved for another occasion.
4. A place for drinks that meets 1 and 2 above. Zum Schneider might fit the bill, but I was last there about 8 years ago and didn't love it then. Would Hop Devil Grill work for our group in the late afternoon/very early evening?
Recommendations for hot chocolate or other warming beverages, or other casual, cheap, delicious places (with veg options) to stop, would be very appreciated!
Great old food tour threads for reference:
EV, WV and Hell's Kitchen options: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728356
other LES options beyond my standards: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7143...
49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Hop Devil Grill
129 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009