Lower East Side

  1. Bess Adler_Contra
    8.6
    $$$

    Contra

    138 Orchard St.
    New York, NY 10002

    For the first time in a long time, a restaurant that you’d typically expect to pop up in Brooklyn has instead decided to settle on the Lower East Side. Contra, complete with its young risk-taking chefs, daily tasting menu, and earthen table ware, is now open on Orchard Street instead of on Bedford Street.

  2. Russ & Daughters
    8.6
    $$

    Russ & Daughters

    179 E. Houston St.
    New York, NY 10002

    Russ & Daughters isn’t your typical bagel place. This is a smoked fish museum of deliciousness that people come from near and far to experience.

  3. Antonioni's
    8.4
    $$$

    Antonioni’s

    177 Christie St.
    New York, NY 10002

    A classic Italian joint in every way, except for the Australian staff and the french fries on pasta. So…maybe not so classic. But definitely awesome.

  4. Freemans NY
    8.4
    $$$

    Freemans

    End of Freeman Alley
    New York, NY 10002

    Freemans ranks among our favorite restaurants of all time. We’ve got a lot of history here, and the food, although not 9.0 worthy as it once was back when we started this site, is still really damn good.

  5. Ivan Ramen
    8.4
    $$

    Ivan Ramen

    25 Clinton St.
    New York, NY 10002

    After years of waiting and years worth of articles about the white guy from Long Island who became a ramen king in Japan, we finally have our very own Ivan Ramen brick and mortar restaurant in New York City. Get the hell in here and order some ramen, pronto.

  6. Katz's Deli
    8.2
    $$

    Katz’s Deli

    205 E. Houston St.
    New York, NY 10002

    Katz’s Deli isn’t just a Classic NYC Establishment, it’s a landmark that deserves government funding at this point.

  7. dimes interior
    8.2
    $$$

    Dimes

    143 Division St.
    New York, NY

    Dimes is one of the latest NY health food establishments, but thankfully they aren’t going to make you say a prayer to mother earth before you eat. But they are going to make you EAT HEALTHY. And you’re going to like it.

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