Open 24 hours, seven days a week, this little biscuit shop delivers sweet and savory biscuit treats for affordable prices. Empire Biscuit combines Southern-style biscuits with delicious toppings. For a full meal, try a biscuit sandwich with fillings ranging from egg and sausage to veggie stuffed pablano to pulled pork, and for a sweet treat, try their classic lemon curd and brown butter biscuit.
Empire Biscuit, 198 Avenue A, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 682 9529
One of the most iconic eateries in Alphabet City is Panna II. This Indian restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere and is perfect for group outings. Strings of red Christmas lights cover the entire ceiling, bathing the room in warm light. As you walk by Panna II on the street, you can even see the red lights through the windows.
Panna II, 93 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 598 4610
Ninth Street Espresso
Ninth Street Espresso only offers basic coffee and espresso drinks, which allows quality to take priority. They source and roast their coffee in Brooklyn, so coffee drinkers with refined tastes can take heart in the comfort of fresh, locally-sourced beans. It might not look like much from the outside, but the windows let light in, making this a bright spot for work or a coffee date.
Ninth Street Espresso, 700 East 9th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 358 9225
Nuyorican Poets Café
Open since 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Café has become a legendary spot in Alphabet City. The café presents artists and writers who work across a range of mediums, including poetry, visual arts and performing art. If you’re looking to perform, sign up for one of their open mic nights or poetry slams. Even if you don’t feel artistically inclined, the Nuyorican Poets Café is a great place to get inspired.
Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 505 8183