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The 10 Best Restaurants On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York City

The 10 Best Restaurants On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Once a hub for immigrants, the Manhattan‘s Lower East Side is no stranger to diversity as evident by the exciting variety of restaurants, bars, and businesses populating the area today. The neighborhood attracts a mixed crowd of locals, gallery goers, and barhopping revelers, all of whom can find their own perfect restaurant nearby. Honoring its vibrant and varied spirit, here are 10 of the most creative culinary destinations on the Lower East Side.
The Fat Radish
The Fat Radish | © Silkstone

The Fat Radish

Sourcing ingredients from the tri-state area community, this farm-to-table restaurant marries English cuisine and local flavor. The health-conscious menu features creative offerings such as seasonal veggie pot pie, duck fat chips, and light yet satisfying chicken and fish plates. With its warm interior, generous portions, and obvious passion for its product, The Fat Radish invites New Yorkers to celebrate cuisine and community.

17 Orchard St New York, NY, USA +1 212 300 4053


Health-food haven Dimes specializes in fresh, filling dishes that are as pleasing to the body as they are to the eye. With its colorful acai and pitaya bowls, hearty nori wraps, and whole fish dinners, this trendy Chinatown spot makes healthy eating fun for even the most devoted junk food enthusiasts. For those celebrating ‘5 o’clock somewhere,’ be sure to sample the popular wheatgrass margarita made with tequila, wheatgrass, and lime.

49 Canal St New York, NY, USA +1 212 925 1300

Image Courtesy of Birds & Bubbles
Image Courtesy of Birds & Bubbles

Birds & Bubbles

At Birds & Bubbles, founder and chef Sarah Simmons offers New Yorkers an ‘elevated take on Southern classics.’ Her inventive menu boldly features traditional dishes such as sriracha devilled eggs and buttermilk fried chicken alongside sophisticated soufflés and a carefully-crafted champagne and cocktail list. With its towering birthday cake dessert and extensive champagne inventory, this nouveau-Southern destination makes every meal a celebration.

100B Forsyth St New York, NY, USA +1 646 368 9240

Cafe Katja

Cafe Katja offers New Yorkers a culinary passport to Austria, serving up authentic ethnic staples like bratwurst, goulash, and extra-large soft pretzels. The popular charcuterie and sausage sampler plates pair well with the restaurant’s impressive stock of Central European beers and wines. Its low lighting, cozy environment, and efficient service make this cultural enclave a great spot for an intimate dinner or adventurous date.

79 Orchard St New York, NY, USA +1 212 219 9545

Clinton Street Baking Company's Fish Po Boy
Fish Po Boy at Clinton Street Baking Company l © Clinton Street Baking Company

Clinton Street Baking Company

Known mostly for its crowd-pleasing breakfast menu, Clinton Street Baking Company also boasts exciting lunch and dinner options. From classic cheeseburgers to more adventurous dishes like fresh fish tacos and flavorful queso mac and cheese, this American restaurant offers something for everyone (as proven by its similarly successful locations in Tokyo and Dubai).

4 Clinton St New York, NY, USA +1 646 602 6263

Macondo East

Sharing may not be easy at this Latin American tapas bar, where every flavorful dish is more delicious than the last. Serving up traditional Latin fare, the menu includes communal plates of mushroom croquettes, yuca fries, and arepas. Almost too good to share, larger main courses like arroz con pollo and ceviche are also available.

157 E Houston St New York, NY 10002 +1 212 473 9900


Williamsburg hotspot Pies-n-Thighs recently opened a Lower East Side location which continues to serve up Southern comfort food with a friendly attitude. Diners can indulge in classic down-home dishes like biscuits and sausage gravy, catfish and grits, and of course, pies and thighs.

43 Canal St New York, NY, USA +1 212 431 7437

Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich at Sweet Chick © Sunshine Sachs
Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich at Sweet Chick © Sunshine Sachs

Sweet Chick

Creative chicken and waffle flavor combinations, Sweet Chick’s claim to fame, are only one of the restaurant’s rave-worthy offerings. The daring team behind this American restaurant delivers refreshing, imaginative twists on familiar dishes, including duck sloppy joes, vegetarian meatloaf, and black bean cake. The restaurant’s playful menu, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly service ensure that every visit is a sweet one.

178 Ludlow St New York, NY, USA +1 646 657 0233

Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop

For over a decade, Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop has been supplying the Lower East Side with filling and exciting lunch options. Catering to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, the menu at this coffee shop-cum-restaurant includes inventive selections such as the spicy turkey melt sandwich and the fan-favorite veggie burger. Offering wifi, fresh customizable salads, and an eclectic beverage menu, this longstanding establishment continues to be a popular neighborhood spot.

129 Rivington St New York, NY, USA +1 212 228 4919

Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery

For smaller appetites, the namesake dish at Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery comes in a variety of classic flavors. Standing since 1910, the establishment has perfected Eastern European staples such as potato latkes, hearty borscht soup, and kugel. Share in the city’s history, and treat yourself to a delicious snack today.

137 E Houston St New York, NY, USA +1 212 477 2858