The Fat Radish was one of the scenier spots on the LES when it opened in 2010, but to earn that distinction now, it’d need to have champagne bottle sparklers and multiple bouncers wearing earpieces. It certainly doesn’t have those things - it really just feels like a neighborhood restaurant where you can get cocktails and oysters with a date at the bar, or share entrees and bottles of wine with your cool parents. The menu is vegetarian-friendly, with dishes like celery root pot pie and a whole roasted hen of the woods that tastes like a massive, very good hunk of pot roast. But there are plenty of seafood and meat options as well, like al pastor-style chicken and a bacon cheeseburger with duck fat fries.
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Good Thanks is an Australian coffee shop on the Lower East Side where you can get breakfast all day.
For barbecue on the Lower East Side, go to Randall’s. It’s counter-service, there’s a full bar, and they make some good sandwiches on bialys.
Public - Rooftop & Garden
The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
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Grill Café At The Standard
The Grill Café is a casual, all-day American spot in the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking with outdoor seating that’s ideal for people watching.
The Wheelhouse is a casual neighborhood spot where Bushwick people drink beer and eat variations of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Now that the food and the crowd have improved for the better, Hudson Clearwater gets an improved rating, and more frequent Infatuation visits.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Freemans has been a key player in the restaurant renaissance we’re currently living in and ranks among our favorite restaurants of all time.
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
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