The 10 Best Restaurants In Alphabet City, New York City

Delicious cake | © Adrianna Calvo/stocksnap
Delicious cake | © Adrianna Calvo/stocksnap
Photo of Taylor Haacke
9 February 2017

The true beauty of Alphabet City is that it offers a smorgasbord of fantastic cultural cuisine in one area. These must-try restaurants featuring the flavors of Argentina, Serbia, Greece, and Austria.

Zum Schneider

Restaurant, Bar, German, $$$
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Zum Schneider is a ‘Bavarian Bierhaus’ and German restaurant that’s as fun and delicious as it sounds. With authentic German food and beer alongside live shows and events, this is a great spot to hit with friends. They have killer specials, like a cheap ‘Bier ‘n’ Brat’, so be sure to get there early.

Esperanto

This eclectic restaurant specializes in Latin fusion cuisine so authentic you would swear you were south of the border. Esperanto takes classic Brazilian flavors and adds a spin to each dish. Enjoy your meal with a fresh fruit cocktail made from cold-pressed juices. They also have live music, so this is a great place for a celebratory meal out.

Lavagna

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Pork chop
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An Alphabet City staple since 1999, this candle-lit wine bar is the perfect place to lose yourself for a night. Lavagna offers traditional and delicious Italian trattoria fare at affordable prices in an intimate atmosphere. The open kitchen, brick oven, exposed brick wall, and atmospheric candles are sure to impress anyone. Their menu includes homemade pastas, roast pork chops, lamb, and much more.

Hearth

Hearth is a neighborhood gem that offers ‘Italian-inflected’ cooking. Opening its doors in 2003, chef and owner Marco Canora uses locally sourced produce to concoct memorable dishes. Do you prefer to eat organic foods? They only use meat from ‘healthy, happy animals’ and as many vegetables as possible.

Edi & The Wolf

Bar, Restaurant, Austrian, $$$
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Upon entrance to Edi & The Wolf, guests are encouraged to experience gemütlichkeit: a state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. This restaurant serves up authentic Austrian cuisine, including one of our favorites, spätzle. The atmosphere is nothing short of impressive, the decor features a 40-foot rope from an old church that is now covered in lights and used as a chandelier.

Pylos

Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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Intriguing Greek food
Intriguing Greek food | © YiRan Ye/Flickr
Explore the best of Greek cuisine without leaving Manhattan. Pylos is like dinner at your Yia-Yia’s house. They pride themselves on their rustic, Greek home cooking. Indulge in some moussaka or garides ouzo (large shrimp cooked in a light ouzo and tomato cream sauce). Don’t forget about dessert.

Buenos Aires

Restaurant, Argentina, $$$
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Named after the capital of Argentina, it comes as no surprise that Buenos Aires serves up delicious Argentinian food. This spot is the place to grab authentic Argentinian meat-based dishes from within a warm and inviting atmosphere; this is the perfect restaurant to explore with friends or out-of-towners looking for something new. Try their burrata con tomates cherry or their empanadas Argentinas.

Kafana

A Yugoslavian venue, Kafana is a restaurant that you don’t want to miss. Serbian cuisine has never been so inviting, as the dining room is warmly lit and happily hosted. Find all of your Eastern European favorites here, or try something new. Enjoy their kobasice (sausages) and zeljanica (spinach pie).

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