Last week I waxed a little poetic about my love for the East Village and the Lower East Side, where I first got my start. As I said, we’re now mobile NYC locksmiths serving neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, but I have a deep love for the neighborhood where Lockbusters was born. Its charm, energy, and people like me who started out here, taking their work and their fun really seriously, make this place feel like home.
Here are just a few of my favorite spots:
Reciprocal NYC Skate shop— awesome people, cool shop, and you can play pinball til late.
Tuck Shop— there’s one near 1st & 1st and another on St. Mark’s near Ave. A. A meat pie from the Tuck Shop is really the perfect food for a super busy day when you’re wrecked for time but starving!
Whiskey Ward— at Essex & Rivington. A real down to earth spot with peanuts on the bar, good bartenders, and so many amazing whiskeys it’s almost impossible not to overdo it. I recommend Redbreast Irish Whiskey.
The Meatball Shop— yes, I know everyone loves the Meatball Shop! But if you pass by the place at a time when there doesn’t happen to be a three-hour wait for a table, go. The meatballs are of course incredible, but the ice cream sandwiches are even better.
Max— classic Italian food at Ave. B & E 4th St. Such an endearing restaurant that when you take someone here, they start to think you’re endearing too. (AKA, date spot.)
There are dozens of E. Village places I love, and these are just a few. What are yours?