Meet 12th Street

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Meet 12th Street

Change has always been a force, for better or worse, along the East and West Village side streets. This is particularly true on the east side of 12th Street, where not one, but two distinguished churches have met their fate. Recently, Mary Help of Christians Church was reportedly purchased for $41 million … read more

Ciao for Now

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Food & Beverage, American, Breakfast, Coffee Shops

  • Side Pick

523 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009
212 677 2616
ciaofornow.net
Hours:
M 8am-5pm; Tu-F 8am-10pm; Sa 9am-10pm; Su 9am-4pm
Other Locations:
107 West 10th Street
Ciao for Now

Stepping into this family-owned, ten-year old shop feels like entering a charming old farmhouse or someone’s rustic country living room. The warm and inviting vintage country feel comes from the muted pastel colors, distressed and stripped wood and the homey décor. There are antique aluminum stools, … read more

Ost Café

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Food & Beverage, Coffee Shops

  • Side Pick
  • WiFi Available

441 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009
ostcafenyc.com
Hours:
M-F 7:30am-10pm; Sa-Su 8:30am-10pm
Ost Café

The East Village loves its cafe with “a taste of Vienna and old Bohemia.” Depending on the time of day, different types of food can be on the menu, but the atmosphere remains consistently warm and friendly with the fresh aroma of coffee wafting throughout the café. In the mornings, it might be a … read more

Academy Records

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Retail & Products, Music & Instruments, Record Shops

  • Side Pick

415 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009
212 780 9166
academy-records.com
Hours:
12pm-8pm Everyday
Other Locations:
12 West 18th Street; Brooklyn
Academy Records

The only genre of music missing in Academy Records is classical….but not to worry, that is completely covered in their shop on 18th. Otherwise, this shop, here on 12th Street, has an impressive selection of rock, jazz, soul, funk, country, and folk. In chatting with one of the owners, he told us that … read more

Hearth

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Food & Beverage, American, Brunch

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Side Pick

403 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009
646 602 1300
restauranthearth.com
Hours:
Su-Th 6pm-10pm; F-Sa 6pm-11pm
Hearth

Considering the multitude of rave reviews that Hearth has received since it opened in 2003, we were pleasantly surprised at the unpretentious and warm greeting we received. Although reservations for the dining room are recommended, especially during peak times, some of the best seats in the house are … read more

Ducks Eatery

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Food & Beverage, American, Coffee Shops
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  • Outdoor Seating
  • Side Pick

351 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 432 3825
duckseatery.com
Hours:
Su-Th 5pm-2am; F-Sa 5pm-4am
Ducks Eatery

As far as I am concerned, this young brother-sister duo, born four years apart to the day, have a hit on their hands. There is a lot that goes into making a successful restaurant. As I have walked … read more

Motorino Napoletana

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Food & Beverage, Brunch, Italian, Pizza

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349 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 777 2644
motorinopizza.com
Hours:
Su-Th 11am-12am; F-Sa 11am-1am
Motorino Napoletana

Known across the city for its exceptional Neapolitan-style pies, this small pizza lair with low ceilings, vintage light fixtures, and a tiled floor is often on NY’s “Best Pizza” lists. I have been here on a number of occasions and never been disappointed with the simple but perfect Margherita pie. … read more

Pata Negra

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Food & Beverage, Spanish

  • Side Pick

345 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 228 1696
patanegratapas.com
Hours:
T-Th 5pm to 12am; F-Sa 5pm-1am; Su 5pm-11pm
Pata Negra

Tucked between two pillars of macaroni and cheese (both locations of S’Mac) is an intimate tapas bar that has an impressive small plates menu and list of Spanish wines. The specialty is Iberian ham, a … read more

Sarita's Mac and Cheese

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Food & Beverage, American, Gluten-Free

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345 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 358 7912
smacnyc.com
Hours:
Su-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-1am
Other Locations:
157 East 33rd Street; 1st Street and First Avenue
Sarita's Mac and Cheese

S’Mac was one of the first places that I wrote about when I launched this site, for they had just opened a kiosk in the park on 1st Street. But it is here on 12th that the fun began in 2006. I have been back many times in the last few years, as my children are huge fans of anything that has the word … read more

John's of 12th Street

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Food & Beverage, Italian

  • ATM Available
  • Side Pick

302 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 475 9531
johnsof12thstreet.com
Hours:
M-Th 4pm-11pm; F-Sa 4pm-11:30pm; Su 4pm-10:30pm
John's of 12th Street

I would have to say that John’s is about as old world Italian as one can get here in the East Village. The décor, the menu, and the service all take me back to my youth when I adored going out to eat with my family and ordering spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, or veal parmigiana. I do still appreciate … read more