T+L's Guide to Lower East Side Restaurants

1. Beauty & Essex

8.8
146 Essex St (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY
Bar à tapas · Lower East Side · 579 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Beautiful people, tufted sofas, killer cocktails, shared plates (try the grilled cheese with smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings)—and complimentary pink champagne served in the ladies’ room.

2. Calexico

153 Rivington St (Clinton & Suffolk), New York, NY
Restaurant de tacos · Lower East Side · 56 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The cult favorite food truck’s first brick-and-mortar location in Manhattan serves up wallet-friendly tacos, burritos, and stone-ground jalapeno-cheddar grits.

3. The Fat Radish

17 Orchard St (btwn Hester & Canal St), New York, NY
Restaurant britannique · Chinatown · 223 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Meals here start, aptly enough, with a gratis plate of radishes. Dishes are lighter and more vegetarian-friendly than your average gastropub. Case in point: sweet pea pot pie.

4. The Meatball Shop

84 Stanton St (btwn Allen & Orchard St), New York, NY
Restaurant italien · Lower East Side · 621 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The mix-and-match menu of meatballs, sauces, and sides is worth the wait at this super-casual, deliciously simple spot. Save room for an ice cream sandwich on homemade cookies.

5. Pearl & Ash

220 Bowery (btwn Spring & Prince), New York, NY
Restaurant de cuisine américaine moderne · Lower East Side · 97 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Globally-inspired dishes are inventive, if on the small side. The real draw is the exceptionally well chosen wine list, which spans the world from Oregon to Lebanon.

6. Pok Pok Phat Thai

137 Rivington St (btwn Norfolk & Suffolk St.), New York, NY
Restaurant thaïlandais · Lower East Side · 77 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Forget gloopy delivery pad thai. Portland’s Andy Ricker has perfected the noodle dish—which comes five ways here—in a tiny, skinny-tabled space.

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7. Russ & Daughters

9.3
179 E Houston St (btwn Allen & Orchard St), New York, NY
Magasin de produits gastronomiques · Lower East Side · 423 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The legendary Jewish "appetizing" store—selling smoked salmon, herring, and bagels with a schmear—recently added caviar, a nod to the neighborhood's increasing gentrification.

8. Sorella

95 Allen St, New York, NY
Bar à vins · Lower East Side · 44 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Pastas star at this cozy Piedmontese spot—we love the lamb ragu. The two-course prix fixe dinner menu, available Tuesday through Saturday, is a good deal.

9. Sugar Sweet Sunshine

8.4
126 Rivington St (btwn Essex & Norfolk), New York, NY
Magasin de cupcake · Lower East Side · 248 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The best-kept cupcake secret in New York, where the perfectly sized treats cost just $1.75. Stick with the straightforward “Bob,” yellow cake with chocolate almond buttercream.

10. Tiny Fork

167 Orchard St (at Stanton St), New York, NY
Restaurant de fruits de mer · Lower East Side · 22 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Bivalve lovers should grab a seat at the marble-topped bar for oyster shooters; the dining room has more seafood favorites like Dungeness crab cake and lobster and chips.

11. Yunnan BBQ

79 Clinton St (btwn Rivington & Delancey St), New York, NY
Restaurant chinois · Lower East Side · 96 conseils et avis

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Start with stir-fried mushrooms at this brick-walled Chinese restaurant that imbues local produce with Yunnanese flavors. Other highlights: sausage fried rice, shredded chicken with taro.