Lower East Side
$$$138 Orchard St.New York, NY 10002
For the first time in a long time, a restaurant that you’d typically expect to pop up in Brooklyn has instead decided to settle on the Lower East Side. Contra, complete with its young risk-taking chefs, daily tasting menu, and earthen table ware, is now open on Orchard Street instead of on Bedford Street.
$$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.
$$$177 Christie St.New York, NY 10002
A classic Italian joint in every way, except for the Australian staff and the french fries on pasta. So…maybe not so classic. But definitely awesome.
$$$End of Freeman AlleyNew 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.
$$25 Clinton St.New York, NY 10002
After years of waiting and years worth of articles about the white guy from Long Island who became a ramen king in Japan, we finally have our very own Ivan Ramen brick and mortar restaurant in New York City. Get the hell in here and order some ramen, pronto.
$$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.
$$$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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