NYCReview

Ray’s looks like the kind of place where the main character in a 1980s movie would get into a bar fight. This fight would obviously involve at least one pool cue, and at the end, the protagonist would have a beer and attempt to treat a black eye with a raw steak. That’s just the feeling we get when we see the jukebox, disco ball, red vinyl bar stools, and wood-paneled walls. Despite its appearance, Ray’s is actually very new, and, while there is a pool table, fighting is not allowed here. Instead, you come to this little LES bar to drink, talk, and possibly meet someone who you might one day introduce to your parents. This place gets very busy, but if you can grab one of the tables along the walls, it’s currently one of the best spots to hang out on the Lower East Side.

Featured in

.
The Best Bars On The Lower East Side guide image
Guide
The Best Bars On The Lower East Side

From wine bars to dive bars, these are our favorite places to drink on the LES.

The Most Fun Bars In NYC Right Now guide image
Guide
The Most Fun Bars In NYC Right Now

Call them what you want. Happening. Cool. Busy. Lit. These are the most fun bars in NYC right now.

Where To Meet People When You’re Sick Of Dating Apps guide image
Guide
Where To Meet People When You’re Sick Of Dating Apps

So you’ve sworn off dating apps. We’re proud of you. Now go meet some people in real life.

Suggested Reading

.
Bonnie Vee review image
Review
Bonnie Vee

Bonnie Vee is a neighborhood bar on the LES with a solid Happy Hour and a backyard.

169 Bar review image
Review
169 Bar

A classic dive on the Lower East Side, 169 Bar is always a fun choice.

Mr. Fong’s review image
Review
Mr. Fong’s

Mr. Fong’s is a vibey little bar in Chinatown with a bit of a scene.

Nitecap review image
Review
Nitecap

Nitecap is a speakeasy below a restaurant on the Lower East Side, and, if you don't mind somewhat pricey cocktails, it's a great spot for a group.