st marks food tour


My favorite place in New York to go on a food adventure is without a doubt the East Village. I want fast, cheap, and full of flavor. If you can throw in a few cocktails, even better. The best place to start is a tour of St Marks. There are limitless options to satisfy any craving, with food from around the globe.

The 3 blocks that make up St Marks Place are packed with souvenir shops, comic book stores, and vintage clothing stores. There are tattoo parlors galore (I've gotten 5 here myself).   The atmosphere changes quite a bit as you walk the 3 blocks. You'll find tourists and NYU kids in abundance towards 3rd Ave, and as you make your way down towards Tompkins Square Park the congestion and tourist shops quickly melt away. Many of the businesses on this block have existed an astonishing 40+ years. Below are my pics for how to make the most of the area:


This isn't just the best bar on St Marks, it's my fav bar in NYC. Get a lot of pickle backs

122 St Marks Pl #126, New York, NY 10009


cafe mogador

Mediterranean breakfast staple in the area since 1983

101 Saint Marks Pl # 1, New York, NY 10009


empellon al pastor

Cheap $4 tacos with lots of variety to grab-n-go or stay at their large bar

132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


mark burger 

These guys tout themselves as NYC’s greatest slider bar.

33 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003



Updated Mediterranean dishes with creative twists in a rustic spac

109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


xi'an famous foods

Best asian noodles in NYC. Hand pulled to order with crazy spicy cumin lamb, vegetables, and jalapenos

81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003


crif dogs

Creative takes on dogs, open all night long. Perfect drunk food

113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


dumpling man

Not my favorite dumplings, but they are fast, cheap and delicious

100 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


hanoi house

Bustling modern Vietnamese restaurant with an open kitchen 

119 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009



Good ol’ authentic Middle Eastern cuisine operating nearly 50 years

30 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003


Xe May Sandwich Shop

No frills here. Walk into the small basement restaurant & order a one of 7 sandwiches or 6 tacos

96 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009