Despite the name that suggests that this place might either be a Cure tribute bar or some kind of gym where Rocky would train, Boys Don’t Cry is just a normal place to have cocktail. It’s a little bar on Orchard Street in the southern part of the Lower East Side, and it has a bar, a few booths, and some snacks like Nom Wah dumplings and hot dogs. You don’t necessarily need to make any weekend plans here, but if you live or work in the area, it’s a good place for a casual drink. You could also try having a first date here. The cocktails are good, and it shouldn’t be insanely busy.
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The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
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Wilfie & Nell
Wilfie & Nell is, first and foremost, a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you'll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good.
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Jajaja is a vegan Mexican restaurant on the LES. Is it the best Mexican in the city? No. But if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably be into it.
Scarr’s is a little, retro pizza place on the Lower East Side with some pretty average pizza and a pretty lively scene.
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