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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Ivan Ramen is an extremely popular ramen spot that started in Japan, and has become a classic Lower East Side restaurant.
Barrio Chino, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, is always busy and always worth the wait.
If you want a relatively quiet drink and some oysters on the Lower East Side, Black Crescent is there for you.
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El Toro Blanco
El Toro Blanco is a trendy spot that’s Perfect For some Action At The Bar and a slightly less Raucous Party Atmosphere than you’d get a few avenues over in the Meat Packing District. The food just isn’t all that good.
Chinelos Birria Tacos
The Chinelos Birria Tacos truck is usually parked in Long Island City right by the water, and they make fantastic, consomme-drenched birria tacos.
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Ben’s Gourmet Deli
Ben’s Gourmet Deli is a bodega on Ave B and 3rd that sells delicious Mexican food.
Mi Salsa Kitchen
Mi Salsa Kitchen on the Lower East Side serves Cuban food that you should consider for your next casual weeknight dinner.
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