New York outfit HOKO took a look at NYC, as re-opening began, following the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The trio shared their favorite spots for eats, beats and treats in that can serve as a guide for locals and visitors alike.


A favorite coffee/breakfast spot is CnB Cafe in the East Village (178 E 7th St). Great people, vintage records spinning, amazing food and fresh baked bread.

There is a great vegan Ethiopian spot in Bushwick called Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Ave). Jungle Cafe in Greenpoint (131 Greenpoint Ave) is another great vegan restaurant.

Cafe Mogador is great Moroccan (101 Saint Marks Place, East Village). Oasis Falafel in Williamsburg (168 Bedford Ave) and the Aussie style cafe Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave) are staples.

Good Dinner spots to check out are Miss Lily’s East (109 Avenue A), and Takahasi (85 Avenue A) just down the street in the East Village.

Best late-night food is Punjabi Deli (always open at 114 E 1st St). This classic spot is a taxi driver hangout for great Indian take out and Bollywood treasures. It’s cheap and amazing as long you don’t mind eating off of a styrofoam plate.


Favorite guitar shops include: SouthSide Guitars (303 Grand St, Brooklyn), Rivington Street Guitars(73 E 4th St), and Main Drag Music (50 S 1st St, Brooklyn). The Guitar Shop NYC (225 34th St, Brooklyn) are where guitars and bass guitars are built in-house by Jimmy Carbonetti and Mas Hino.

A great record shop to check out is Rotten Island Records (4 Stanwix St, Brooklyn).


Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (multiple locations in Manhattan & Brooklyn) is a good time. The vanilla ice cream from one of their shops is incredible.

For a really special movie going experience, check out Metrograph (7 Ludlow St) and Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave), which offer dine in and bar service during the movie.

Some fun bars to check out are Niagara (112 Avenue A), St Dymphnas (117 Avenue A), Josies (520 E 6th St), Hudson Clearwater (447 Hudson St), and get yourself a great chicken sandwich at The Commodore (366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn).

Source: The Au Review