Michael’s guidebook

Michael

Michael’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
The eclectic Lower East Side is where gritty alleys and tenement-style buildings mix with upscale apartments and chic boutiques. Nighttime draws hip, young crowds to the area's trendy bars, music venues, and restaurants. The neighborhood's Jewish heritage lives on through Orchard Street's Lower East Side Tenement Museum and old-world fabric stores, as well as traditional delis such as Katz's and Russ & Daughters.
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Lower East Side
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The eclectic Lower East Side is where gritty alleys and tenement-style buildings mix with upscale apartments and chic boutiques. Nighttime draws hip, young crowds to the area's trendy bars, music venues, and restaurants. The neighborhood's Jewish heritage lives on through Orchard Street's Lower East Side Tenement Museum and old-world fabric stores, as well as traditional delis such as Katz's and Russ & Daughters.
Vibrant Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that draws foodies and tourists to its many Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants for dumplings, pork buns and hand-pulled noodles. The busy sidewalks are packed with souvenir stores, bubble tea shops, and markets selling everything from fresh and dried fish to herbs and spices. Locals hang out in leafy Columbus Park for Tai Chi, chess and mahjong.
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Chinatown
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Vibrant Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that draws foodies and tourists to its many Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants for dumplings, pork buns and hand-pulled noodles. The busy sidewalks are packed with souvenir stores, bubble tea shops, and markets selling everything from fresh and dried fish to herbs and spices. Locals hang out in leafy Columbus Park for Tai Chi, chess and mahjong.
Designer boutiques, fancy chain stores and high-end art galleries make trendy SoHo a top shopping destination, especially for out-of-towners. Known for its elegant cast-iron-facades and cobblestone streets, the neighborhood is also an atmospheric backdrop for fashionable crowds clustering at high-end restaurants and nightlife hotspots. During the day, street vendors sell everything from jewelry to original artwork.
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SoHo
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Designer boutiques, fancy chain stores and high-end art galleries make trendy SoHo a top shopping destination, especially for out-of-towners. Known for its elegant cast-iron-facades and cobblestone streets, the neighborhood is also an atmospheric backdrop for fashionable crowds clustering at high-end restaurants and nightlife hotspots. During the day, street vendors sell everything from jewelry to original artwork.
NoHo is a trendy neighborhood where creative meets chic. Architectural features range from 19th-century behemoths like the Great Hall of Cooper Union to sleek, modern high-rises. Once home to artists like Andy Warhol and the legendary CBGB music club, the area stays true to its heritage with trendy galleries and live performances at Joe's Pub. Well-heeled locals mingle in upscale bars and stylish restaurants.
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NoHo
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NoHo is a trendy neighborhood where creative meets chic. Architectural features range from 19th-century behemoths like the Great Hall of Cooper Union to sleek, modern high-rises. Once home to artists like Andy Warhol and the legendary CBGB music club, the area stays true to its heritage with trendy galleries and live performances at Joe's Pub. Well-heeled locals mingle in upscale bars and stylish restaurants.
Little Italy welcomes a heavily tourist crowd to its high concentration of souvenir shops and traditional Italian eateries and bakeries. Tenement buildings, once home to the immigrants who settled the area in the late 1800s, line the narrow streets. Mulberry Street, the main thoroughfare, turns into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends. The area celebrates its heritage each September at the busy San Gennaro festival.
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Little Italy
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Little Italy welcomes a heavily tourist crowd to its high concentration of souvenir shops and traditional Italian eateries and bakeries. Tenement buildings, once home to the immigrants who settled the area in the late 1800s, line the narrow streets. Mulberry Street, the main thoroughfare, turns into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends. The area celebrates its heritage each September at the busy San Gennaro festival.
Two Bridges is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, nestled at the southern end of the Lower East Side and Chinatown on the East River waterfront, near the footings of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.
Two Bridges
Two Bridges is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, nestled at the southern end of the Lower East Side and Chinatown on the East River waterfront, near the footings of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.
A bohemian enclave within the East Village, Alphabet City is a laid-back residential area with trendy restaurants and bars, plus craft cocktail lounges and a popular German beer garden. A mix of students, artists and young families sunbathe and walk their dogs in Tompkins Square Park. Avenue C, home to a close-knit Puerto Rican community, is dotted with bodegas, charming resident gardens and colorful murals.
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Alphabet City
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A bohemian enclave within the East Village, Alphabet City is a laid-back residential area with trendy restaurants and bars, plus craft cocktail lounges and a popular German beer garden. A mix of students, artists and young families sunbathe and walk their dogs in Tompkins Square Park. Avenue C, home to a close-knit Puerto Rican community, is dotted with bodegas, charming resident gardens and colorful murals.
The Bowery is a street and neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The street runs from Chatham Square at Park Row, Worth Street, and Mott Street in the south to Cooper Square at 4th Street in the north
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Bowery
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The Bowery is a street and neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The street runs from Chatham Square at Park Row, Worth Street, and Mott Street in the south to Cooper Square at 4th Street in the north
The East Village is known for its happening nightlife. Old-school bars, music venues and performance spaces share the streets with posh cocktail lounges, hip restaurants. Daytime sees a more laid-back crowd browsing boutiques, vintage shops and tattoo parlors, and dining at casual cafes. Once the epicenter of the city's punk scene, St. Mark's Place now features of-the-moment fast-food eateries and souvenir shops.
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East Village
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The East Village is known for its happening nightlife. Old-school bars, music venues and performance spaces share the streets with posh cocktail lounges, hip restaurants. Daytime sees a more laid-back crowd browsing boutiques, vintage shops and tattoo parlors, and dining at casual cafes. Once the epicenter of the city's punk scene, St. Mark's Place now features of-the-moment fast-food eateries and souvenir shops.
Tribeca is a hip area known for its old industrial buildings, many now turned into residential loft space. Cobblestone streets are lined with trendy boutiques and restaurants. Historic commercial buildings include the red-brick New York Mercantile Exchange edifice, from 1884. Weekends are quiet, though Washington Market Park and Hudson River Park draw families. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place here every spring.
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Tribeca
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Tribeca is a hip area known for its old industrial buildings, many now turned into residential loft space. Cobblestone streets are lined with trendy boutiques and restaurants. Historic commercial buildings include the red-brick New York Mercantile Exchange edifice, from 1884. Weekends are quiet, though Washington Market Park and Hudson River Park draw families. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place here every spring.
Set along the Hudson River, Battery Park City is a mainly residential neighborhood of upscale high-rise apartment buildings. During the workweek, its casual eateries and bars draw professionals from the nearby Financial District. On weekends, the area slows down, though locals and visitors are drawn to the multitower Brookfield Place shopping center and the bike friendly paths of the riverfront park.
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Battery Park City
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Set along the Hudson River, Battery Park City is a mainly residential neighborhood of upscale high-rise apartment buildings. During the workweek, its casual eateries and bars draw professionals from the nearby Financial District. On weekends, the area slows down, though locals and visitors are drawn to the multitower Brookfield Place shopping center and the bike friendly paths of the riverfront park.
Chelsea is a composite of town houses, low-rise apartment buildings, luxury high-rises and trendy attractions like the High Line, the elevated park built atop former railroad tracks. Set in former factories are more than 200 art galleries as well as Chelsea Market, filled with upscale food purveyors, restaurants and shops. Though no longer quite the LGBT bastion it once was, Chelsea is still home to many gay bars.
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Chelsea
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Chelsea is a composite of town houses, low-rise apartment buildings, luxury high-rises and trendy attractions like the High Line, the elevated park built atop former railroad tracks. Set in former factories are more than 200 art galleries as well as Chelsea Market, filled with upscale food purveyors, restaurants and shops. Though no longer quite the LGBT bastion it once was, Chelsea is still home to many gay bars.
Adjacent to the theater district, Hell's Kitchen has long been the home of actors and arts organizations. It's also a hub of gay culture. Pre- and post-theater crowds from nearby Broadway, tourists from Times Square and workers from office high-rises jam the international restaurants, bars and pubs along 8th and 9th avenues. Farther west, along the water, Hudson River Park has landscaped walkways.
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Hell's Kitchen
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Adjacent to the theater district, Hell's Kitchen has long been the home of actors and arts organizations. It's also a hub of gay culture. Pre- and post-theater crowds from nearby Broadway, tourists from Times Square and workers from office high-rises jam the international restaurants, bars and pubs along 8th and 9th avenues. Farther west, along the water, Hudson River Park has landscaped walkways.
The posh, residential Upper East Side is known for its wealthy denizens, fancy restaurants and designer shops along Madison Avenue. It's a pretty neighborhood, with a mix of classic brownstones and upscale high-rises. Museum Mile, a stretch of 5th Avenue next to Central Park, draws crowds to cultural institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and El Museo del Barrio.
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Upper East
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The posh, residential Upper East Side is known for its wealthy denizens, fancy restaurants and designer shops along Madison Avenue. It's a pretty neighborhood, with a mix of classic brownstones and upscale high-rises. Museum Mile, a stretch of 5th Avenue next to Central Park, draws crowds to cultural institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and El Museo del Barrio.
The Upper West Side is home to Lincoln Center, which hosts performing-arts institutions like the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet. Amid the grand apartment buildings of Central Park West, the American Museum of Natural History presents everything from dinosaurs to outer-space exhibits. On weekends, families emerge from stately brownstones on quiet side streets to line up for brunch or bagels.
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Upper West Side
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The Upper West Side is home to Lincoln Center, which hosts performing-arts institutions like the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet. Amid the grand apartment buildings of Central Park West, the American Museum of Natural History presents everything from dinosaurs to outer-space exhibits. On weekends, families emerge from stately brownstones on quiet side streets to line up for brunch or bagels.
Also known as “El Barrio,” East Harlem is a vibrant showcase for Puerto Rican culture. Foodies pilgrimage to its mix of Latin American and Caribbean restaurants, as well as to iconic Italian restaurants like Rao’s and Patsy’s pizzeria. Exhibits at El Museo del Barrio reflect the local culture, as do the neighborhood's colorful street art and murals, some made by famous graffiti artists like Keith Haring.
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East Harlem
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Also known as “El Barrio,” East Harlem is a vibrant showcase for Puerto Rican culture. Foodies pilgrimage to its mix of Latin American and Caribbean restaurants, as well as to iconic Italian restaurants like Rao’s and Patsy’s pizzeria. Exhibits at El Museo del Barrio reflect the local culture, as do the neighborhood's colorful street art and murals, some made by famous graffiti artists like Keith Haring.
Long known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions and African-American heritage, Harlem draws a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Trendy eateries, stylish clubs and hip bars make for an energetic nightlife scene. The area features a mix of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises. Its main artery, 125th Street, is home to the iconic Apollo Theater, as well as chain stores and restaurants.
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Harlem
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Long known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions and African-American heritage, Harlem draws a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Trendy eateries, stylish clubs and hip bars make for an energetic nightlife scene. The area features a mix of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises. Its main artery, 125th Street, is home to the iconic Apollo Theater, as well as chain stores and restaurants.
Williamsburg is a hip neighborhood in Brooklyn that draws the young and the fashionable to its chic boutiques, trendy cafes and buzzy restaurants. Street art brightens residential thoroughfares and repurposed factories, while the waterfront provides stunning views of Manhattan and seasonal venues for outdoor concerts and food markets. Dance clubs, happening bars and music halls liven up the nightlife scene.
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Williamsburg
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Williamsburg is a hip neighborhood in Brooklyn that draws the young and the fashionable to its chic boutiques, trendy cafes and buzzy restaurants. Street art brightens residential thoroughfares and repurposed factories, while the waterfront provides stunning views of Manhattan and seasonal venues for outdoor concerts and food markets. Dance clubs, happening bars and music halls liven up the nightlife scene.
Brooklyn Heights is a posh residential area of elegant brownstones. It's known for its tree-lined promenade along the East River, with unrivaled views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The neighborhood also attracts visitors and local families to the landscaped walkways and playgrounds of waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park. Locals gather at the longstanding bars and restaurants along Henry Street.
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Brooklyn Heights
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Brooklyn Heights is a posh residential area of elegant brownstones. It's known for its tree-lined promenade along the East River, with unrivaled views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The neighborhood also attracts visitors and local families to the landscaped walkways and playgrounds of waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park. Locals gather at the longstanding bars and restaurants along Henry Street.
Home to a large Polish-American community, Brooklyn's evolving Greenpoint neighborhood is a residential area with hipster appeal. Traditional Polish shops and restaurants share the streets with trend-setting eateries, bars and live music venues. Galleries and artist studios are found in converted warehouses. The revitalized East River waterfront has parks and new high-rises with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan.
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Greenpoint
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Home to a large Polish-American community, Brooklyn's evolving Greenpoint neighborhood is a residential area with hipster appeal. Traditional Polish shops and restaurants share the streets with trend-setting eateries, bars and live music venues. Galleries and artist studios are found in converted warehouses. The revitalized East River waterfront has parks and new high-rises with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan.
A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.
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Long Island City
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A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.
Also known as "Little Odessa" due its tight-knit Russian and Eastern European communities, Brooklyn's Brighton Beach is a lively neighborhood with many high-rise residential buildings. Traditional ethnic restaurants and food markets line Brighton Beach Avenue. The beach and boardwalk here are more laid-back than nearby Coney Island, catering largely to locals. Splashy nightclubs attract partiers in the evenings.
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Brighton Beach
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Also known as "Little Odessa" due its tight-knit Russian and Eastern European communities, Brooklyn's Brighton Beach is a lively neighborhood with many high-rise residential buildings. Traditional ethnic restaurants and food markets line Brighton Beach Avenue. The beach and boardwalk here are more laid-back than nearby Coney Island, catering largely to locals. Splashy nightclubs attract partiers in the evenings.
Rockaway Park is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The area is on the Rockaway Peninsula, nestled between Jamaica Bay to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The neighborhood of Rockaway Beach lies on its eastern border while the community of Belle Harbor is situated on its western side.
Rockaway Park
Rockaway Park is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The area is on the Rockaway Peninsula, nestled between Jamaica Bay to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The neighborhood of Rockaway Beach lies on its eastern border while the community of Belle Harbor is situated on its western side.
The epicenter of the city's 1960s counterculture movement, the tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village are now a hub of popular cafes, bars and restaurants. Jazz clubs and Off-Broadway Theaters can also be found amid the brownstones and New York University buildings. At its heart is Washington Square Park, where people mingle around the central plaza. Rainbow flags attest to the neighborhood's LGBT-friendly vibe.
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Greenwich Village
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The epicenter of the city's 1960s counterculture movement, the tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village are now a hub of popular cafes, bars and restaurants. Jazz clubs and Off-Broadway Theaters can also be found amid the brownstones and New York University buildings. At its heart is Washington Square Park, where people mingle around the central plaza. Rainbow flags attest to the neighborhood's LGBT-friendly vibe.
Food scene
A least of some of my favorite places to eat.
A fresh spot to score bubble tea and desserts.
Hey Tea & Hey Chick
109 Ludlow St
A fresh spot to score bubble tea and desserts.
A warm setting for classic Greek plates, from grilled & rotisserie meats to various mezze
Karvouna Mezze
241 Bowery
A warm setting for classic Greek plates, from grilled & rotisserie meats to various mezze
A hip Australian cafe gathering place open all day serving seasonally-driven, global plates & cocktails. And... great for breakfast.
Sonnyboy
65 Rivington St
A hip Australian cafe gathering place open all day serving seasonally-driven, global plates & cocktails. And... great for breakfast.
No-frills deli with theatrically cranky service serving mile-high sandwiches since 1888. Also, Harry met Sally movie was filmed there.
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Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
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No-frills deli with theatrically cranky service serving mile-high sandwiches since 1888. Also, Harry met Sally movie was filmed there.
One of the last places Anthony Bourdain reviewed and ate at. A Dominican-Caribbean diner serving breakfasts & sandwiches plus entree plates & shakes.
El Castillo de Jagua
113 Rivington St
One of the last places Anthony Bourdain reviewed and ate at. A Dominican-Caribbean diner serving breakfasts & sandwiches plus entree plates & shakes.
Vanessa's serves some of the best handmade dumplings, buns, sesame pancakes
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Vanessa's Dumpling House
118 Eldridge Street
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Vanessa's serves some of the best handmade dumplings, buns, sesame pancakes
Making doughnuts by hand with the highest quality all natural ingredients since 1994.
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Doughnut Plant
379 Grand Street
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Making doughnuts by hand with the highest quality all natural ingredients since 1994.
One of the hippiest places to eat right now. Straightforward Greek cuisine such as seafood & lamb served in warm digs with exposed-wood beams
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Kiki's
130 Division St
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One of the hippiest places to eat right now. Straightforward Greek cuisine such as seafood & lamb served in warm digs with exposed-wood beams
Vintage dim sum parlor dating back to 1920 with a drink menu that includes tea, beer & wine.
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers St
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Vintage dim sum parlor dating back to 1920 with a drink menu that includes tea, beer & wine.
Authentic Mexican fare crafted by a classically trained chef, Luis Arce Mota's La Contenta is a tiny downtown gem that's always packed to the brim — but well worth the wait.
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La Contenta
102 Norfolk Street
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Authentic Mexican fare crafted by a classically trained chef, Luis Arce Mota's La Contenta is a tiny downtown gem that's always packed to the brim — but well worth the wait.
SakaMai, the Japanese-style pub meets American cuisine meets high-end cocktail bar meets the Lower East Side. Based on the traditional izakaya found throughout the land of the rising sun, SakaMai nevertheless is fully at home in its ever-changing, eclectic neighborhood.
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SakaMai
157 Ludlow Street
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SakaMai, the Japanese-style pub meets American cuisine meets high-end cocktail bar meets the Lower East Side. Based on the traditional izakaya found throughout the land of the rising sun, SakaMai nevertheless is fully at home in its ever-changing, eclectic neighborhood.
SEE ALL SLIDES 3 OF 55 Dudleys This Australian hotspot owned by Steve Aioki serves up all-day breakfast, already making it one of our favorite LES spots. Yes, there's the requisite avocado toast and burgers, but also Brussels sprouts that might convert even the biggest veggie hater. Plus, it's filled with Instagram-worthy neon signs you can snap even if you're swinging by the new take-out counter.
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Dudley's
85 Orchard Street
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SEE ALL SLIDES 3 OF 55 Dudleys This Australian hotspot owned by Steve Aioki serves up all-day breakfast, already making it one of our favorite LES spots. Yes, there's the requisite avocado toast and burgers, but also Brussels sprouts that might convert even the biggest veggie hater. Plus, it's filled with Instagram-worthy neon signs you can snap even if you're swinging by the new take-out counter.
Hidden at the end of an alley, this restaurant may have invented the lumberjack-hipster look. The walls are covered in stuffed animal heads like a hunting lodge, and the food is similarly rustic, like a cassoulet with three cuts of pork, or grilled trout with garlic and thyme. Luckily, it’s so delicious you’ll forgive them for the bearded ma
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Freemans
Freeman Alley
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Hidden at the end of an alley, this restaurant may have invented the lumberjack-hipster look. The walls are covered in stuffed animal heads like a hunting lodge, and the food is similarly rustic, like a cassoulet with three cuts of pork, or grilled trout with garlic and thyme. Luckily, it’s so delicious you’ll forgive them for the bearded ma
A New York Institution. For over 100 years the Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest oysters and seafood in New York City...
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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
89 East 42nd Street
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A New York Institution. For over 100 years the Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest oysters and seafood in New York City...
At Prune, it's the little things. Simple but impeccable fare, from brunch to dinner, is served by friendly waitstaff wearing pink shirts that match the pink signs and barstools (something they were doing, we might add, long before anyone ever associated the world "millennial" with the color). Menus are handwritten, and the check is brought to the table with licorice candies (brunch) or chocolate (dinner). Of course, together that adds up to a lot of big, good things (and a big line, especially at brunch) that has kept the spot going strong for over fifteen years.
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Prune
54 E 1st St # 1
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At Prune, it's the little things. Simple but impeccable fare, from brunch to dinner, is served by friendly waitstaff wearing pink shirts that match the pink signs and barstools (something they were doing, we might add, long before anyone ever associated the world "millennial" with the color). Menus are handwritten, and the check is brought to the table with licorice candies (brunch) or chocolate (dinner). Of course, together that adds up to a lot of big, good things (and a big line, especially at brunch) that has kept the spot going strong for over fifteen years.
A 100-year-old public indoor market with rows of vendors specializing in meat, fish, cheese, produce & specialty foods.
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Essex Market
120 Essex St
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A 100-year-old public indoor market with rows of vendors specializing in meat, fish, cheese, produce & specialty foods.
SEE ALL SLIDES 9 OF 55 Slide 9 Beauty & Essex Located in a secret door behind a fake pawn shop, with two stories of tables in a windowless setting, serving items like grilled cheese dumplings and $26 chicken shawarma, Beauty & Essex would almost be too much — if it wasn't so delicious.
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Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
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SEE ALL SLIDES 9 OF 55 Slide 9 Beauty & Essex Located in a secret door behind a fake pawn shop, with two stories of tables in a windowless setting, serving items like grilled cheese dumplings and $26 chicken shawarma, Beauty & Essex would almost be too much — if it wasn't so delicious.
Bistros in NYC are a dime a dozen, but very few come close to the rarified experience at Dirty French. At first glance, the menu looks like a typical traditional French bistro complete with dishes like steak au poivre and millefeuille. But look a little bit closer, and you'll notice spices and flavors that reach far beyond the French borders. The classic Duck à l'Orange, for example, is given new life with Moroccan spices.
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Dirty French
180 Ludlow Street
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Bistros in NYC are a dime a dozen, but very few come close to the rarified experience at Dirty French. At first glance, the menu looks like a typical traditional French bistro complete with dishes like steak au poivre and millefeuille. But look a little bit closer, and you'll notice spices and flavors that reach far beyond the French borders. The classic Duck à l'Orange, for example, is given new life with Moroccan spices.
Congee Village solves the problem of the group dinner once and for all. Practically set up to satisfy the needs of large groups of broke twenty-somethings celebrating yet another birthday, it's accommodating, atmospheric (think insta-worthy kitsch), and delicious. The special here is the eponymous congee, a type of rice porridge. But the extensive menu leaves plenty to explore, no matter the size of your group.
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Congee Village
100 Allen Street
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Congee Village solves the problem of the group dinner once and for all. Practically set up to satisfy the needs of large groups of broke twenty-somethings celebrating yet another birthday, it's accommodating, atmospheric (think insta-worthy kitsch), and delicious. The special here is the eponymous congee, a type of rice porridge. But the extensive menu leaves plenty to explore, no matter the size of your group.
New Orleans meets NYC — Cheeky Sandwiches serves up the ultimate in sandwich deliciousness on the LES. Stop by the cozy snack bar for a shrimp po'boy or buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken and gravy. There's just nothing like "Nawlins," y'all.
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Cheeky Sandwiches
35 Orchard Street
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New Orleans meets NYC — Cheeky Sandwiches serves up the ultimate in sandwich deliciousness on the LES. Stop by the cozy snack bar for a shrimp po'boy or buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken and gravy. There's just nothing like "Nawlins," y'all.
A San Fran original that's set up shop in NYC, Mission Chinese dishes out quirky and elevated Sichuan eats. Stop by for their green tea noodles or pork riblets with pickled beets and a hibiscus glaze. Reservations are limited and the spot is hot, so be sure to plan your visit ahead.
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Mission Chinese Food
171 East Broadway
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A San Fran original that's set up shop in NYC, Mission Chinese dishes out quirky and elevated Sichuan eats. Stop by for their green tea noodles or pork riblets with pickled beets and a hibiscus glaze. Reservations are limited and the spot is hot, so be sure to plan your visit ahead.
All hail Southern comfort food, where the almighty fried chicken reigns supreme. There are seven varieties of the crunchy stuff on this menu, often with fascinatingly flavored waffles to go with, like rosemary-mushroom or spicy pecan. A fried chicken parm on a basil-flecked waffle is particularly genius.
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Sweet Chick
178 Ludlow Street
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All hail Southern comfort food, where the almighty fried chicken reigns supreme. There are seven varieties of the crunchy stuff on this menu, often with fascinatingly flavored waffles to go with, like rosemary-mushroom or spicy pecan. A fried chicken parm on a basil-flecked waffle is particularly genius.
What may be the vegetable restaurant in New York City now has a larger space on the Lower East Side. Expanding on her original East Village menu, chef Amanda Cohen continues her mastery of flora, with delicate arrangements like a portobello mousse or sturdier fare like carrot sliders and fried broccoli.
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Dirt Candy
86 Allen St
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What may be the vegetable restaurant in New York City now has a larger space on the Lower East Side. Expanding on her original East Village menu, chef Amanda Cohen continues her mastery of flora, with delicate arrangements like a portobello mousse or sturdier fare like carrot sliders and fried broccoli.
The live bands, DJ, and dance floor at Casa Mezcal, along with the absurdly happy decor, are all so fun that you might forget to eat and drink. But don’t! Like the name suggests, this place has the best mezcal cocktails in the city, alongside solid Mexican food for when all that revelry makes you hungry.
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Casa Mezcal
86 Orchard Street
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The live bands, DJ, and dance floor at Casa Mezcal, along with the absurdly happy decor, are all so fun that you might forget to eat and drink. But don’t! Like the name suggests, this place has the best mezcal cocktails in the city, alongside solid Mexican food for when all that revelry makes you hungry.
You can spot Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen here at her restaurant, which mixes Thai and Filippino influences. That means a whole lot of pork (like the head, belly, and leg), as well as fish options, like skate wing in a banana leaf, or prawns in a butter curry. One lovely final touch is the option of bottomless beer — fyou can just serve yourself when you need a refill.
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Pig and Khao
68 Clinton Street
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You can spot Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen here at her restaurant, which mixes Thai and Filippino influences. That means a whole lot of pork (like the head, belly, and leg), as well as fish options, like skate wing in a banana leaf, or prawns in a butter curry. One lovely final touch is the option of bottomless beer — fyou can just serve yourself when you need a refill.
They do much more than sweets, but it's the sweets that you'll get in line for. There's wild Maine blueberry pancakes and caramelized banana French toast for breakfast, plus loads of pie, cake, and milkshakes. But, if you insist on eating real protein (as fans of the bakery did years ago, pushing the owners to expand to other meals), then you won't be disappointed. Go for the fried chicken!
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Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton Street
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They do much more than sweets, but it's the sweets that you'll get in line for. There's wild Maine blueberry pancakes and caramelized banana French toast for breakfast, plus loads of pie, cake, and milkshakes. But, if you insist on eating real protein (as fans of the bakery did years ago, pushing the owners to expand to other meals), then you won't be disappointed. Go for the fried chicken!
Take your Bay Area-friend here (you know, the gluten-free, dairy-free, veggie-tastic one), when they come to visit. The cuisine is healthy and creative, like spiced quinoa with pickled vegetables, or chicken with kimchi yogurt. New York can do that ultra-fresh thing, too, you know.
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Dimes Deli
143 Division St
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Take your Bay Area-friend here (you know, the gluten-free, dairy-free, veggie-tastic one), when they come to visit. The cuisine is healthy and creative, like spiced quinoa with pickled vegetables, or chicken with kimchi yogurt. New York can do that ultra-fresh thing, too, you know.
You don't have to fight about where to eat: The Fat Radish is great for the vegetarians but placates the carnivores with a killer bacon cheeseburger and pork chop. Your group will also agree on the gorgeously bright, all-white space, which perfectly complements the delicious food.
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The Fat Radish
17 Orchard St
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You don't have to fight about where to eat: The Fat Radish is great for the vegetarians but placates the carnivores with a killer bacon cheeseburger and pork chop. Your group will also agree on the gorgeously bright, all-white space, which perfectly complements the delicious food.
If you hate sharing, Kuma Inn is not the place for you. The menu is 100% tapas, with chef King Phojanakong pulling culinary inspo (and talent) from his Filipino mother and Thai father. The small plates are a good way to get to know these flavors, with fan favorites like the drunken spicy shrimp with sake and baby octopus with bamboo shoots. Oh, and it's BYOB. You don't have to share that part, if you don't want.
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Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow Street
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If you hate sharing, Kuma Inn is not the place for you. The menu is 100% tapas, with chef King Phojanakong pulling culinary inspo (and talent) from his Filipino mother and Thai father. The small plates are a good way to get to know these flavors, with fan favorites like the drunken spicy shrimp with sake and baby octopus with bamboo shoots. Oh, and it's BYOB. You don't have to share that part, if you don't want.
Cozy Mexican eatery with hip, Asian-accented decor serving rustic fare & a long list of tequilas.
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Barrio Chino
253 Broome Street
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Cozy Mexican eatery with hip, Asian-accented decor serving rustic fare & a long list of tequilas.
Goulash, bratwurst & other Austrian eats pair with Bavarian beers at this casual, brick-walled spot.
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Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St
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Goulash, bratwurst & other Austrian eats pair with Bavarian beers at this casual, brick-walled spot.
From a legendary appetizing shop comes this retro, full-service outpost serving Jewish comfort food.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard Street
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From a legendary appetizing shop comes this retro, full-service outpost serving Jewish comfort food.
This compact neighborhood bistro serves French food & wine in trendy, relaxed surroundings.
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Le French Diner
188 Orchard Street
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This compact neighborhood bistro serves French food & wine in trendy, relaxed surroundings.
American restaurant serves sophisticated American fare in simple digs.
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Wildair
142 Orchard Street
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American restaurant serves sophisticated American fare in simple digs.
This cafe serves up authentic Italian bites in a minimalist, cozy setting.
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Gaia Italian Cafè
251 East Houston Street
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This cafe serves up authentic Italian bites in a minimalist, cozy setting.
Self-taught pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri's 12-inch, wood-fired Neapolitan pies.
Una Pizza Napoletana
175 Orchard St
Self-taught pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri's 12-inch, wood-fired Neapolitan pies.
Buzzy Italian joint for wood-fired pizza & grilled plates in cool digs with an open kitchen.
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Speedy Romeo - Lower East Side
63 Clinton St
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Buzzy Italian joint for wood-fired pizza & grilled plates in cool digs with an open kitchen.
Coastal Spain & Portugal inspire the cooking at this crisp oyster bar & seafood specialist.
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Cervo's
43 Canal St
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Coastal Spain & Portugal inspire the cooking at this crisp oyster bar & seafood specialist.
Filipino-Thai-accented SE Asian fare & specialty drinks served in modern, stylish digs with a patio.
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Pig and Khao
68 Clinton Street
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Filipino-Thai-accented SE Asian fare & specialty drinks served in modern, stylish digs with a patio.
Cozy eatery serving oysters, snacks & drinks in vintage-inspired digs with live music & DJ nights.
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Bar Belly
14 Orchard St
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Cozy eatery serving oysters, snacks & drinks in vintage-inspired digs with live music & DJ nights.
Small, unpretentious Japanese noodle shop offering a variety of classic & vegan soba dishes.
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Cocoron
16 Delancey Street
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Small, unpretentious Japanese noodle shop offering a variety of classic & vegan soba dishes.
Neighborhood Vietnamese spot serving banh mi sandwiches & pho noodle soups in a hip, compact space.
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An Choi
85 Orchard Street
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Neighborhood Vietnamese spot serving banh mi sandwiches & pho noodle soups in a hip, compact space.
Pizzeria with retro looks serving pies, slices & subs made with modern ingredients.
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Scarr's Pizza
22 Orchard St
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Pizzeria with retro looks serving pies, slices & subs made with modern ingredients.
Neighborhood place for Mexican food by a native chef-owner, plus mezcals & other agave spirits.
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La Contenta
102 Norfolk Street
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Neighborhood place for Mexican food by a native chef-owner, plus mezcals & other agave spirits.
Sunny little cafe focusing on everything egg including creative sandwiches, fancy Benedicts & more.
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Egg Shop
151 Elizabeth St
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Sunny little cafe focusing on everything egg including creative sandwiches, fancy Benedicts & more.
Folks line up at this NoLita mainstay for its grilled corn and other well-priced Cuban-Mexican eats.
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Café Habana
17 Prince St
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Folks line up at this NoLita mainstay for its grilled corn and other well-priced Cuban-Mexican eats.
Classic Jewish comfort food & vodka presented in a basement dining room studded with photos.
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Famous Sammy's
157 Chrystie Street
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Classic Jewish comfort food & vodka presented in a basement dining room studded with photos.
Intimate setting for creative seasonal plates served in tasting menus & à la carte.
Kissaki Omakase
319 Bowery
Intimate setting for creative seasonal plates served in tasting menus & à la carte.
A daily-changing menu of pintxos, mains & desserts is served in a relaxed space with globe lights.
Ernesto's
259 East Broadway
A daily-changing menu of pintxos, mains & desserts is served in a relaxed space with globe lights.
Music Venues
Hipsters pack this 2-level bar/music venue to hear live indie acts or dance to DJ sets upstairs.
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Pianos
158 Ludlow Street
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Hipsters pack this 2-level bar/music venue to hear live indie acts or dance to DJ sets upstairs.
Up-&-coming acts are the focus of this rock music bar that's also home to live-band karaoke. " I saw the Strokes here and Santigold here! "
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Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St
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Up-&-coming acts are the focus of this rock music bar that's also home to live-band karaoke. " I saw the Strokes here and Santigold here! "
Hip, well-known bands are booked into this midsize, 3-level concert venue.
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The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street
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Hip, well-known bands are booked into this midsize, 3-level concert venue.
Speakeasy's
Mixologists in pharmacist-style garb whip up complex cocktails at this off-the-beaten-path hideaway.
Innovative, creative cocktails & classic concoctions mixed up in an industrial-style space.
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Attaboy
134 Eldridge Street
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Innovative, creative cocktails & classic concoctions mixed up in an industrial-style space.
Hideaway with a Prohibition-esque vibe, offering cocktails in teacups and beer in paper bags.
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The Back Room
102 Norfolk Street
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Hideaway with a Prohibition-esque vibe, offering cocktails in teacups and beer in paper bags.
Patrons who enter through a phone booth in Crif Dogs next door sip novel cocktails in a dark space.
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Please Don't Tell
113 St Marks Pl
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Patrons who enter through a phone booth in Crif Dogs next door sip novel cocktails in a dark space.
Speakeasy-style bar in the East Village offering exotic cocktails in a cool, hard-to-find space.
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Angel's Share
8 Stuyvesant Street
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Speakeasy-style bar in the East Village offering exotic cocktails in a cool, hard-to-find space.
Inventive drinks are poured at this retro-looking, Prohibition-style bar.
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Employees Only
510 Hudson St
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Inventive drinks are poured at this retro-looking, Prohibition-style bar.
Bartenders in bow ties & suspenders recall the speakeasy era at this dark, moody cocktail lounge.
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Death & Company
433 E 6th St
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Bartenders in bow ties & suspenders recall the speakeasy era at this dark, moody cocktail lounge.
Mixologists in pharmacist-style garb whip up complex cocktails at this off-the-beaten-path hideaway.
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Apotheke
9 Doyers St
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Mixologists in pharmacist-style garb whip up complex cocktails at this off-the-beaten-path hideaway.
Secret art gallery entry revealing a cozy, chandelier-lit hideaway spotlighting craft cocktails.
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Fig. 19
131 Chrystie Street
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Secret art gallery entry revealing a cozy, chandelier-lit hideaway spotlighting craft cocktails.
Clubbing, Dancing, Rooftop Bars
Burlesque theater & lounge where patrons can watch variety shows from the main floor or mezzanine.
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The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St
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Burlesque theater & lounge where patrons can watch variety shows from the main floor or mezzanine.
A small, lively bar where DJs spin hip-hop most nights and the dance floor is often packed.
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Bob Bar
235 Eldridge Street
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A small, lively bar where DJs spin hip-hop most nights and the dance floor is often packed.
Unique & exclusive club features nightly shows that combine music, theater, burlesque & erotica.
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The Box
189 Chrystie St
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Unique & exclusive club features nightly shows that combine music, theater, burlesque & erotica.
On the Hotel Indigo's 15th floor, this posh spot with terraces serves elevated bar food & cocktails.
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Mr. Purple
180 Orchard St
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On the Hotel Indigo's 15th floor, this posh spot with terraces serves elevated bar food & cocktails.
Nightlife spot includes a plush lounge, canopied roof deck & basement performance space.
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The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
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Nightlife spot includes a plush lounge, canopied roof deck & basement performance space.
Cozy, hip nightspot with eclectic, vintage styling featuring diverse dance music & cocktails.
Rumpus Room
249 Eldridge St
Cozy, hip nightspot with eclectic, vintage styling featuring diverse dance music & cocktails.
Go-go dancers & campy entertainment have kept this East Village bar going since the 1980s.
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The Pyramid Club
101 Avenue A
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Go-go dancers & campy entertainment have kept this East Village bar going since the 1980s.
Music & assorted knickknacks enliven this underground, off-the-beaten-path barroom.
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Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street
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Music & assorted knickknacks enliven this underground, off-the-beaten-path barroom.
Best bars in the hood
Laid-back watering hole with rock on the jukebox & craft beer on tap, plus wine & small bites.
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Marshall Stack
66 Rivington Street
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Laid-back watering hole with rock on the jukebox & craft beer on tap, plus wine & small bites.
Playful cocktail bar with a dark, speakeasy vibe serving unique aperitifs, highballs & punches.
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Nitecap
151 Rivington Street
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Playful cocktail bar with a dark, speakeasy vibe serving unique aperitifs, highballs & punches.
Serves hundreds of whiskeys & other liquors in a lean space with stand-up & sit-down bars.
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Copper & Oak
157 Allen Street
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Serves hundreds of whiskeys & other liquors in a lean space with stand-up & sit-down bars.
Bar with palm trees, a leopard-print pool table & a small menu of oysters, borscht & dumplings.
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169 Bar
169 East Broadway
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Bar with palm trees, a leopard-print pool table & a small menu of oysters, borscht & dumplings.
Funky taverna lures locals with drinks & simple American-Mediterranean dishes for brunch & dinner.
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Forgtmenot
138 Division St
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Funky taverna lures locals with drinks & simple American-Mediterranean dishes for brunch & dinner.
Cozy Euro-centric den offering organic wines, small plates for sharing & oysters in dark confines.
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The Ten Bells
247 Broome Street
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Cozy Euro-centric den offering organic wines, small plates for sharing & oysters in dark confines.
Contemporary American cooking in a '70s-style space with colorful furnishings & a downstairs bar.
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The Flower Shop
107 Eldridge St
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Contemporary American cooking in a '70s-style space with colorful furnishings & a downstairs bar.
Craft beer on tap & cocktails in a laid-back neighborhood hangout with table shuffleboard.
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RPM Bar
266 Broome Street
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Craft beer on tap & cocktails in a laid-back neighborhood hangout with table shuffleboard.
Incredibility charming and cozy wine bar. Great aesthetic, amazing wine!
Skin Contact
76 Orchard Street
Incredibility charming and cozy wine bar. Great aesthetic, amazing wine!
Cozy wine bar offering drinks & French nibbles in a brick-walled setting with a rear lounge area.
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Jadis
42 Rivington Street
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Cozy wine bar offering drinks & French nibbles in a brick-walled setting with a rear lounge area.
Cozy Euro-centric den offering organic wines, small plates for sharing & oysters in dark confines.
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The Ten Bells
247 Broome Street
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Cozy Euro-centric den offering organic wines, small plates for sharing & oysters in dark confines.
Craft beer & organic wine bar offering a simple menu of small plates in an intimate, rustic space.
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Antler
123 Allen Street
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Craft beer & organic wine bar offering a simple menu of small plates in an intimate, rustic space.