When Lucie Franc de Ferriere was looking for a place to open her first bakery, From Lucie, she gravitated to the East Village, motivated in part by nostalgia. She used to live in the neighborhood and always loved its small scale. Pre-pandemic, the area was starting to feel a bit like Murray Hill South, but as the CVS outposts and Chase banks have receded, it has become, in the words of Foul Witch co-owner Brandon Hoy, “affordable for weirdos again.” And over the past year, the lettered avenues have become home to an ice-cream shop that turns into a tapas bar in time for happy hour, a showcase for all-day-every-day brunch, and a destination for Burmese noodles and shrimp curry. “This cycle happens a lot in New York neighborhoods,” says Hoy, who opened Foul Witch with his business partner, Carlo Mirarchi, at the end of January. “It got cool, right?”
At last count, no fewer than 13 attention-grabbing food shops, restaurants, and bars have opened since the debut of Thirteen Water last March. (Not to mention Virginia’s, which just relocated off Avenue B.) Here’s a map to guide you through the newest arrivals.