If you’re looking for vegan Mexican food on the LES, try Mictalan Mexcio. It’s in the former Fat Radish space on Orchard Street and has a relatively spacious dining room in the back of the restaurant. Stick with the vegan options, like the quesadilla with vegan chorizo, cheese, and chile pasilla mayonnaise - the tortilla is large and crispy and something you won’t want to stop eating. Some other dishes, like the underseasoned ceviche and dry chicken fajitas, should be skipped.
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Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab
Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab in Essex Market serves Turkish-style sandwiches that are served on light, fluffy pide bread.
Last Light is the rooftop bar at an LES hotel called Sister City. It isn’t huge, but it has a decent-sized patio, and it’s great for outdoor drinks.
Factory Tamal on the Lower East Side is one of the best places in the city to get a tamale.
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Michelada House II
Michelada House II is a Mexican restaurant in Jackson Heights that’s fun for a group meal featuring chilaquiles tortas, tacos, and towering drinks.
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Despite the wait times, we wholeheartedly recommend having a fun, seafood-dominated meal at Cervo’s on the Lower East Side.
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.
Sandy's Coffee Shop
If you’re looking to spend under $15 on a delicious meal near the Lower East Side, Dominican spot Sandy’s Coffee Shop needs to be on your radar.
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