On 8th Street, where store after store is being decimated, there remains Eva's Restaurant and Supplements, a hybridized place for eating healthy meals and stocking up on giant barrels of muscle-boosting powders and pills. They've been here since 1978.
This year, for another month anyway, they are celebrating their 30th birthday with deals on meals. This week they're advertising a falafel at their 1978 price.
Still owned by the original owner, Eva's renovated a couple of years ago, so you don't get a time-machine feeling in there. It's very contemporary. But there is a nostalgia wall covered with menus dating back to 1978 and photographs of bodybuilders like Arnold and Pumping Iron II star, Ms. Olympia Bev Francis, who is the most tremendously muscular woman you will ever see, along with a bunch of other folks greased and ripped.
Dining at Eva's means you'll share tables with hardbodied muscle heads and gamine vegetarians alike. And while they have a photo of SJP on the wall, it's from her big-haired 1980s days, and you won't find any Carrie Bradshaw wannabes here, making Eva's a safe place to enjoy a little taste of old New York.