129 Allen St, New York, NY
It’s chicken, but not as you know it. Baby Brasa by Franco Noriega – chef, restaurateur, model and former swimmer – serves free-range rotisserie chicken in Peruvian spices, as well as salads, sweet potato fries and more. The concept is based on the pollerìas that
120 Essex St, New York, NY
Rona Economou started her Essex Street Market stall Boubouki (which means ‘flower bud’ in Greek) to bring the Greek food of her childhood to the Lower East Side. Traditional spinach pie, baklava, soups, salads,
107 Rivington St, New York, NY
Cafe Medi at the Hotel on Rivington describes itself as “the most Instagrammable, best Mediterranean in the L.E.S” and it’s easy to see why. With walls covered in tiled artwork, it feels like dining among an ancient Minoan fresco, and the food is just as beautiful. Go for coastal Mediterranean fare and excellent cocktails.
85 Orchard St, New York, NY
Dudley’s serves cocktails and seasonal dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner that focus on unexpected but complementary flavors, all made with the finest ingredients – think burrata with pear and crushed pistachio, fries with truffled aioli, and crab linguine with chili, garlic, lemon and pangratto (grated bread).
CLAW & CO BY CLAW MONEY
CLAW & CO BY CLAW MONEY
101 Delancey St, New York, NY
Claudia Gold – better known as Claw Money – started as a prolific graffiti artist (you can see her signature claw motif all around the city), and has since established herself as a recognized artist, author, designer and fashion editor. Her shop in the Lower East Side sells vintage clothes and accessories, as well as Claw-customized clothes and artwork.
86 Orchard St, New York, NY
This restaurant specializes in food from the southern Mexican region of Oaxaca, and is also the home for Los Amantes – the high-class mezcal brand started by restaurant owners Guillermo Olguin and Ignacio Carballido. Understandably, they pride themselves on serving the best mezcal drinks in New York City, and who are we to argue?
120 Essex Street, New York, NYjapa
Formaggio Kitchen founders Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal are passionate about cheese, and everything that goes with it, travelling throughout the US and Europe to source the best products, as well as jams, honeys, mustards, vinegars, olive oils and cured meats. Many of the cheeses are hand-made and aged by some of the world’s most respected affineurs (cheese agers).
25 Clinton St, New York, NY
Chef Ivan Orkin describes himself as a “Jewish kid from Long Island”, and also has big love for all things Japan – so much so that he moved to Tokyo and opened a ramen shop in 2007, which became one of the city’s top noodle destinations (quite a feat for a foreigner). Now he has returned to bring Ivan Ramen to New York. Slurp and enjoy.
88 Orchard St, New York, NY
Coffee nerds unite at Irving Farm, which started serving organic, handcrafted and fair trade coffee long before the words were part of everyday language. The roasting company has a long relationship with the cozy cafe on the corner of Orchard and Broome, first as a supplier, and now as an owner.
1 Delancey St, New York, NY
Find a pocket of Paris in this Lower East Side cocktail and oyster bar, which is named after Rrose Sélavey – the female alter-ego of Marcel Duchamp. The interior is inspired by the moody romance of the French capital in the early 20th century, and the menu has daily fresh oysters, a full raw bar, and French-focused plates and cocktails.
120 Essex Street, New York, NY
Ni Japanese is proof that great things come in small packages. The tiny Essex Street Market stall has garnered a big fan base thanks to its exquisite Japanese vegetarian and vegan delicacies, such as brown rice balls, tofu skin rolls and Japanese-style coleslaw.
116 Suffolk St, New York, NY
Spreadhouse brings back the classic "hangout" place. Central Perk meets LES, but add the trendy coffee drinks, some music with a groove and fast & free internet to boot! Pair their scrumptious poppyseed donut with a Matcha latté.