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

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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. Read more…

Rachel Dratch’s East Village

Rachel DratchMary Ellen Matthews

She may be known for the lovably oddball characters she’s brought to life on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”, but in the East Village, actress Rachel Dratch has another mark of distinction. She’s a local.

As new mom to an infant, Ms. Dratch has been more of a homebody than usual of late, especially now that she is penning a collection of autobiographical (and, we trust, laugh-out-loud funny) stories on life after “S.N.L.”. Still, we found her to be an enthusiastic consumer of the local hangs, and with nine years as a resident of the East Village, she’s sampled more than a few of the best. Lucky for us, she was not at all timid about sharing her favorite spots.

Best Breakfast

“I like the pierogis at Veselka, and I like that it’s open 24 hours. Now that I have a baby, I don’t usually take advantage of the 24-hour thing like I used to, but I just like living in New York and knowing everything is open 24 hours.”
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