Iggy Pop gives a tour of the East Village in 1993.
A glimpse of the old Alphabet City. Now I wish there were an Iggy Pop-led stroll through Berlin in the 70s too.
Nine years ago today I packed up the car and moved from the sticks to Manhattan. My first of several Craigslist-inspired apartment adventures had an 5x8 bedroom and a view of the lovely 6BC Botanical Garden. My roommate had the good sense to lend me Here Is New York and Not For Tourists and, too stunned to eat or sleep, I set about exploring the island I’d just stranded myself on.
Carnitas tacos at Porchetta
Porchetta has been tinkering with a taco special, using their signature porchetta to make carnitas. They’re topped with diced onion, cilantro, and salsa verde and served on locally-made tortillas, though they said they plan to make their tortillas in-house eventually. I would’ve preferred a lime wedge instead of lemon, and the tacos on the pricey side ($7 for two), but the salsa and carnitas were great. I always love finding good tacos in NYC, especially in my home-away-from-Williamsburg, the East Village.
Currently the tacos are only available on weekends, and they were not “officially” on the menu when I stopped in, so your best bet might be to call ahead or ask at the counter if they’re making them. Prepare for lots of questions and a few jealous looks from your fellow diners as you whisk these babies to your seat. Hat tip to Peter for the head’s up!
Pulled bacon, refried beans, avocado, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato and chili mayo sandwich at Animals. Review
I asked his favorite thing about his dad, and he scrunched up his face and looked at the sky. He really seemed to be considering his options. Finally, he said: “When he throws me in the air.”
Motorino’s Brussels sprouts and pancetta pizza. Sprouts never tasted this good. Full Review
Brisket sandwich with pickled red onions and coleslaw from newly-opened Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue in the East Village. Full Review