Sonnyboy is an Australian cafe on the Lower East Side from the people behind another attractive place to drink spritzes and oat milk, Banter. This place is open all day, and we like it for brunch and Happy Hour a bit more than for a full sit-down dinner. Food-wise, you can get everything from gluten-free pancakes to a breakfast sandwich with a thick sausage patty, melted cheddar, and chili jam, and if you come at Happy Hour (4-7pm every day), you can get a burger and fries for $10 and a cocktail for $9.
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Barrio Chino, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, is always busy and always worth the wait.
Clinton St. Baking Company
During brunch hours, it’s not uncommon for people outside Clinton Street Baking Company to wait two hours for the pure, fluffy cakes of ecstasy that this place is known for. We won’t join them…but we can’t blame them either.
Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
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Citizens of Chelsea
Citizens of Chelsea is another Australian coffee shop where you can grab a good small meal.
A kind-of-healthy menu with reasonable prices make Ruby’s a Soho standby. Stop by for a casual meal anytime of day.
The Musket Room
Interesting flavor and texture combinations litter a menu of impressive hits at The Musket Room. It’s an unassuming restaurant, but one that prides itself on excellent service and a serious Kiwi heavy wine program. Pleasant surprises all around.
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A fun Lower East Side spot with good Mexican food. This is where you should have your next birthday.
Speedy Romeo LES
A smaller, very casual Lower East Side outpost of Brooklyn’s Speedy Romeo. They may be known for pizza, but that’s not the best thing here.
Dudley's is more about the hang than it is a memorable meal. Go in with the right expectations and you’ll be glad it’s there.
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