Both of Factory Tamal’s LES and EV locations serve about twenty-five different sandwiches on ciabatta heros, including an excellent torta de quesillo with avocado, Oaxaca cheese, and papalo herbs. But you should also know that no meal from Factory Tamal is complete without a tamale. They’re relatively small and you’ll disappoint yourself (and us) if you don’t try at least one.
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From old-school staples to restaurants changing the dining landscape of the neighborhood, these are our favorite spots on the Lower East Side.
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Lil’ Gem is a Lebanese restaurant in the Lower East Side where you can meet a friend while feeling like you haven’t left your couch.
Ernesto’s is a Basque-inspired restaurant on the Lower East Side where you’re going to want to hang out for a while.
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La Diagonal Agaveria
La Diagonal is a Mexican restaurant in Harlem that’s nice for a date that involves drinks and snacks.
Don Pepe Tortas Y Jugos
Don Pepe Tortas Y Jugos specializes in two things: tortas and juices. Stop by and get a meat-filled sandwich with a green juice on the side.
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Evil Katsu is a former pop-up that now has a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village serving delicious katsu sandwiches.
Ben’s Gourmet Deli
Ben’s Gourmet Deli is a bodega on Ave B and 3rd that sells delicious Mexican food.
Cibao, a Dominican spot on the LES, has been open in the neighborhood for over 40 years. It's one of our go-to spots when we want a great Cubano.
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