If you like dense, rich chocolate cakes, this is place to go. I've had the Bumblebee cake which is chocolate cake, chocolate icing and almond paste and decorated with marzipan bees. Delicious.
Simon Sips is a nice little cafe in the East Village. The sun streams in, the coffee is excellent. They have a small menu of food which is very good and reasonably priced.
H. Brickman is one of those indispensable neighborhood hardware stores where you can get your questions answered and the staff will help you figure out what you really need for a home repair project.
I've been to Mancora several times and always enjoyed my meal. They have peruvian style roast chicken and steak - both are delicious. For more adventurous eaters, they have ceviche, which is marinated raw fish. If you like sushi - you'll like this. I also like the fact that the restaurant is pretty low-key for the east village - not too noisy and usually not incredibly crowded.
This place used to be a bakery - hence the name, but now it is one of the best places to get burritos in the East Village. There a couple of small tables but it is mostly for takeout food. The menu isn't extensive but the food is really good.
It doesn't look like much, but this is a great little turkish kebab place. The food is fresh and delicious. There is no table service - you just order from the counter but there are a few tables inside for you to sit at. It is open late, so it is great if you are in the East Village and need a late night snack.
I like the doner kebabs and the lentil soup. The don't always have it, but they also make a leek stew that is really fantastic.
These are some of the best italian sandwiches I've had in New York, but they come at a price. Alidoro has an extensive menu of sandwiches featuring italian coldcuts and cheeses as well items like artichoke hearts, peppers, etc. The ingredients are authentic and fresh, the sandwiches are large but the prices range from $7 for something simple to $12 or so for a more extensive array of ingredients. This is primarily a take-out place and the staff are almost comically grumpy, but the long lunch time lines show that many feel that it is worth it.
The Tuck Shop is a tiny place that features Australian meat pies. I don't have any other experience with Australian cuisine, but these pies are tasty - if a bit heavy. The mainstay seems to be a traditional meat pie, but I always go for the chicken curry which is a bit like Thai food in a crust. The staff are friendly, they serve beer and desserts too. They have a few other items on the menu. This isn't a place for a sit down meal, but good for a satisfying lunch or late night snack.
These are great sandwiches and at a very reasonable price. It is a nice little place with a couple of tables but is mostly for takeout. The sandwiches are really best in the spicy versions and then they are really intense - just loaded with hot peppers. However, the staff are very nice and will gladly make it only as spicy as you like it. Also try the homemade lemonade.
I love Russ and Daughters. It has great fish and it feels like you've stepped back in time. The people are nice but lines are really long on weekends. The whitefish salad is the best I've ever had.