East Village Eats (and Shops!)

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Recently, I have been finding myself exploring the East Village, due to its bounty of restaurants and shops. I find myself drawn to Alphabet City and the surrounding area, because it seems to have so many little-known gems that are just waiting to be discovered. Not to mention, the food seems to be delicious and more reasonably priced in this neighborhood. That is, for the most part…

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On Saturday, I was craving some tasty homecooking that would warm me up during the dreary weather we were having this weekend. Lucky for me, the rain seemed to give me the perfect excuse to finally visit Root & Bone, a southern styled restaurant in Alphabet City. Without a reservation, there was a bit of a wait. It seems that locals have caught on to this tasty restaurant that is famous for their biscuits and fried chicken. But, let me say, the wait was definitely worth it.

C and I decided to split the biscuits and gravy, an all time favorite of mine, collard greens, and a slice of chocolate chip banana bread. The latter of which was so tasty, we didn’t get a photo of it! The food all around was delicious. The sweet biscuits were a perfect pair to the savory sausage gravy. Although the real star of the meal was the fried chicken, which is an optional addition to most of their entrees for only a few extra dollars. The chicken was moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and seemed to have the perfect amount of seasoning. I don’t believe that words can explain how truly mouth-watering and delicious the chicken is, especially when it is accompanied by traditional southern dishes. The bourbon Bloody Mary and the Bourbon lemonade weren’t bad either :).  This meal lifted me right up during a rainstorm, and I felt right at home in the rustic-chic ambience of this southern kitchen.

Afterwards, on my way to the Union Square subway station, I crossed another to-do off of my list, which was to stop at Alabaster Bookshop. This tiny, quaint store comes right out of a book lover’s dreams. There are books from floor to ceilings, with additional stacks on the floor. For being such a tiny shop, it has a wide selection of old and new books. I purchased a signed copy of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, which was recommended to me, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which I have been meaning to read since I finished Anna Karenina. For those who have not read Anna Karenina, I highly recommend it; it’s a brilliant classic.

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