I love the east village. It’s so neighborhoody without being lame. Like, I don’t want that life where I’m walking down the street and have to wave to my neighbor Jim while he’s mowing his lawn for the 3rd time that day, or ever make eye contact with Susan each morning at 7am while she’s grabbing her paper. The EV manages that cool low key life, like, I know you and wattup without making me nauseous like those neighborhood ‘block parties’. Because my ideal day is watching a ton of kids ride plastic tractors and poop on slip n slides while I’m being fed numerous Costco quality hotdogs and pies. Barnyard is rad, they know pretty much everyones name, and have dope cheese. The owner cruised by while I was there and she was like, I’m selling puppies do you want one. So to sum this up, I bought some cheese, had an amazing meatball sub and played with 9 newborn french bulldogs.
Tip: the cuban sandwich is crazy and they’re always sold out of it so I guess get there early or something.
Tip: meatballs are home made and doooope.
Tip: side of chipotle mayo no matter what
When to come here: lunch ideally, but not on an inferno like day like yesterday. AC isn’t woke like that. Ideal for picnic situation. Sandwich and cheese, and hit the owners other shop brix around the corner for the wine tho.
Where: 149 Avenue C, New York
Times: Monday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Wednesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Animals is one of those pop ups that hasn’t gone away - just like those places that have had their grand opening banner up for the last 8 years, or the ones that always have a SUPER one day sale everyday, or the places that say ‘everything must go closing soon’ since you moved in next door 3 years ago TO THE DAY.
Except, you never want Animals to close because its the most real sandwich you’ll ever have. My personal fave is the Beast along with the FINGERLING POTATOES. Lets pause - these potatoes… I don’t know about you, but when I see ‘fingerling potatoes’ on a menu, I usually throw a Peyton Manning PASS on that. I’m good, I’ll have those fingerlings when I’m forced to at my grandmas for Thanksgiving or any other dinner I’m guilted into attending. All grandmas make them the same; you know the ones I’m talking about - uber bland, kind of wet, and always super steamy. Every time you take the damn lid off these potatoes you get blasted in the face with a steam explosion like goddamn ‘Backdraft.’ Where the hell is Kurt Russell these days???
Tip: It’s ok to get attached, they’re looking for a permanent space now.
Tip: Don’t ignore the salads like an unsophisticated goob. The brussels salad and cabbage salad would normally be easy to overlook; not here.
Tip: The potatoes are a must. One of the single best potato items I’ve ever eaten.
Tip: Get the Beast, it’s one of my favorites. Beef braised in red wine, aromatics & stone fruits with pickled onions & horseradish creme. When’s the last time you had a sandwich with aromatics? Yea, never. Don’t be basic.
Tip: One of the best bars in the city is attached; The Wayland. Same owners.
Tip: Brunch just launched and it’s dope.
Pricing: The Beast $10; Brussels salad $6; The Moxie (cocktail) $11.
When to come here: Lunch. I love it to stay because the plating and atmosphere is killer.