Wednesday, October 5, 2022

These 3 East Village restaurants make list of new Bib Gourmands

ICYMI: The 2022 Michelin Guide unveiled its list of 18 new Bib Gourmands late last week ... and three East Village establishments made it on for the first time. (And one of them may now be closed.)

Background, per the news release: "Introduced in 1997, the Bib Gourmands are awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of Michelin inspectors for an affordable and remarkable dining experience. Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $49 or less (tax and gratuity not included)." 

Here’s the list of new East Village Bib Gourmands, with a short description of each restaurant that Michelin provided... and we're noting that Google lists Dumpling Lab as permanently closed, and their phone is not in service.

• Dumpling Lab, 214 E. Ninth St. [Updated: The restaurant has closed.]
Cuisine: Chinese 

There are flashy dishes, like uni dumplings made with squid ink-tinted wrappers and dusted with gold powder, though some of the best dishes are dressed down and offer amped-up flavor. 

Soda Club, 155 Avenue B
Cuisine: Vegan 

The name is derived from Italy's tradition of hand-crafted sodas; and its spirit from the turbulent Prohibition era. On the menu, house-made pasta is a focus. There are also natural wines to accompany the seasonal, deftly executed vegan dishes. 

Yellow Rose, 102 Third Ave. 
Cuisine: Tex-Mex 

Amidst this setting of weathered wood and stained glass chandeliers, diners can be found devouring Tex-Mex food with a focus on tacos and inspired cocktails. Flour tortillas are made in-house daily and feature in a myriad of deliciously dressed-down creations. 

Several EV establishments continued to receive recognition from Michelin, including standbys such as
Van Đa and MáLà Project. Find the complete list here. (And Prune remains on the list despite being on hiatus since March 2020.)

This year's star ratings for New York restaurants will be announced on Thursday (tomorrow). 

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