Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
For some solid Vietnamese street food, An Choi provides a warm, welcoming den to dig into a bowl of pho or a banh mi sandwich. The dimly lit digs might even fool you into thinking you’re chowing down in a hole-in-the-wall in Saigon. www.anchoinyc.com
This neo-speakeasy offers delicious cocktails and beers in a fun, lively setting. The brightly lit space, white washed walls, and long bar offer a great spot to hang out and drink inventive cocktails. Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly) recommends coming here for late night cocktails, specifically the Junglebird.
It may look like an old pawn shop from the outside, and inside too, but that’s just the entrance to this glamorous bi-level space. Blending in seamlessly with the neighborhood, this hidden lounge is full of inventive food and inspired drinks. It’s one of those places where more is more, so dress to impress and [...]
Now famous for its appearance on HBO’s hit series Girls, Café Grumpy is (or used to be) the epitome of the Brooklyn coffee shop. Some are pissed that the show has put it into the unwanted mainstream, but we don’t think it’s lost its charm. Café Grumpy has locations both in Brooklyn and Manhattan; the baked goods [...]
André Saraiva opened Café Henrie in 2015 and it quickly became a New York hot spot. This Café is heavily centered on art – and doesn’t fail to deliver perfectly crafted plates. Open from 7am – 7pm, Café Henrie offers a menu inspired by Saraiva’s upbringing: Swedish, Portuguese and French cuisine.
This Lower East Side bar has an Oaxaca aesthetic and a knack for making Mezcal suddenly your go-to drink. With three different floors of entertainment and an explorative appetizer menu, it’s hard to get bored. “Their grilled nopales dish is amazing.” – Daniel Kafie (CEO, Vostu) www.casamezcalny.com
With a setting reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930s, China Blue is a more sophisticated answer to a craving for Chinese food. The menu is full of quality Shanghainese delights from lightly sautéed fish fillets to thousand-year eggs. The atmosphere is spacious and relaxed, which makes it feel like a real treat in the city. [...]
Both a full service restaurant and a bakery, the crowds at the Clinton Street Baking Company speak for to the popularity of this spot. They’re known for their brunch but the small and cozy bakery café serves an eclectic American menu for lunch and dinner with breakfast options available all day. www.clintonstreetbakingcompany.com
One of the most innovative restaurants to pop up in New York City recently, Dimes is a creative, fresh and healthy spot downtown where the people-watching is as good as the food. From the Lavender Acai bowl, to the Black Rice, there is no shortage of delicious and unique dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [...]
There is nothing subtle about Dirty French, the newest member of the Torrisi-Carbone-Zalaznick empire. From the seizure-inducing neon pink sign to the limited edition 80’s Air Jordans worn by servers, everything about the restaurant screams fun and funky. Blending bistro fare with fine dining, the menu features dishes such as a mushroom stem mille-feuille, a [...]
This cool and casual spot on New York’s Lower East Side is a showcase for the beloved egg sandwich. Variations of the egg sandwich – from avocado and egg to pork carnitas with egg – as well as classics like French Toast and Eggs Benedict make up a unique and delicious menu. www.eggshopnyc.com
This Lower East Side coffee bar and luncheonette offers the perfect drinks and plates to post on Instagram. Its intimate, bright and cool décor results in El Rey being one of the go-to place for coffee and a good time. From 11am until 4.30pm you can choose any of their Luncheonette plates, which include healthy [...]
The vibe at Esperanto could spice up even the gloomiest mood, what with the all the cheerful colors and fun flavors that make Latin cuisine so festive. And what’s a better pick-me-up than live music and a good mojito? www.esperantony.com
A definite TNP favorite, Freeman’s is a gem of a spot on the lower east side aptly hidden in a tiny alleyway. The quiet colonial tavern-like setting is perfect for a first date, and the simple rustic American food is to die for. Make a Reservation. www.freemansrestaurant.com
This restaurant warns customers that the food make take some time, as the authentic Italian dishes are all homemade. With fish Fridays and the freshest baked bread, it is worth the wait for pizza or pasta. Get cozy and feel like family. Reservations (by phone) are required for dinner. www.gaiaitaliancafe.com
Galli is an original and charming rustic trattoria. Both its SoHo and Lower East Side locations offer lunch, dinner and desserts, including sixteen different types of classic Italian pasta, meat entrées and a great selection of wines and cocktails to pair them with. Make a reservation. www.gallirestaurant.com
Anyone have a hankering for ribs since they started watching House of Cards on Netflix? We have. And Georgia’s is the spot to go to on the lower east side to satisfy the craving. With white and red picnic tablecloths and half and full rack options, it’s a rare haven in NYC for Southern BBQ. [...]
Open every weekend from 11am-6pm, this Lower East Side street fair brings together a collection of New York City’s best food and crafts. Housed where the once largest New York City pushcart market occupied, the fair showcases some of the city’s best artisanal foods, clothing, crafts, and home goods. Grab a pastry and coffee and peruse the [...]
Ivan Ramen is a quirky fusion of a traditional Japanese ramen outpost with an American flair (Tofu Coney Island, anyone?). The flagship location in the Lower East Side is a technicolor celebration of both Japanese and American culture – totally ideal for a casual lunch or fun dinner out. www.ivanramen.com
This juice and health food spot has definitely made converts out of us. With amazing fresh pressed juices, as well as unbelievable snacks and entrees like Raw Oatmeal, Kale Caesar Salad and the unbelievable Avocado Toast, Juice Press makes health nuts out of even the most die hard of foodies. “I am obsessed with ALL [...]
It’s not just the spot of the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally. Since opening in 1888, Katz’s has kept up its reputation as the very best New York deli. The customers that were once immigrants crowded on the Lower East Side are now hung over college kids, steadfast New Yorkers, tourists and more. [...]
Serving Italian inspired cuisine for dinner all week and brunch on the weekends, L’Apicio is a great new spot with good food and an extensive wine list. The chic and modern, yet open space is perfect for a night out with friends. Make a reservation. www.lapicio.com