NeighborhoodAppeal_B6 Where Should You Take Those Out-of-Towners?

Ost Cafe

Presenting Neighborhood Appeal, in which Villagers share their go-to spots and we appeal to readers to add their own. Today, Chicago transplant Katie Olson tells us where she likes to take her out-of-town visitors. We’re adding her recommendations to Foursquare, because – that’s right! – The Local is now on Foursquare. Just click the “Follow” button on our shiny new page and every time you “check in” at spots like the ones below, you’ll get tips from notable locals like Rachel Dratch and Christina Tosi; and from our savvy and sundry commenters and contributors, like restaurant guru James Traub. After you’ve pondered Katie’s list below, make your own additions in the comments and we’ll add those to our Foursquare page, too.

I moved to the East Village from Chicago last spring and as soon as summer came around, so did the visitors. Before I knew it, I had the tour down: walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; have a picnic in Central Park; walk through SoHo, the West Village and Little Italy, etc. I still love exploring the city, but my favorite part of having friends visit is showing them the neighborhood that I now call home. The East Village has a lot to offer, of course, and I always make a point of trying new things with out-of-towners; but I do have a few staples I take most of them to. As you’ll soon notice, my friends never go hungry.

1. This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef: Roast beef and Cheez Whiz dunked in au jus. Enough said.

2. Ost: My favorite coffee and lazy Saturday morning spot.

3. Sundaes and Cones: This place has some awesome ice cream flavors (wasabi, avocado, corn) and the classics we all love.

4. The Immigrant: Great wine, friendly staff and good bar snacks.

5. South Brooklyn Pizza: I adore this Neapolitan-by-the-slice place – the pizza is always amazing.

6. Minca: I’ve recently become obsessed with ramen and this is my favorite place in the hood, so far.

There are, of course, a million other places I love in the East Village, but for now these top my list.

Remember to leave your own suggestions below. And if you want to write your own installment of Neighborhood Appeal, just e-mail us. Tell us about your area of expertise: know all the best cheap brunches? Know where to find the quirkiest knick-knacks? We’ll make sure you get to share with your neighbors.