The Neighborhood

Welcome to the Lower East Side

Hotel on Rivington is in the epicenter of the hip and historic Lower East Side. The hottest restaurants, boutiques, galleries and nightlife are all steps from our door. The rich history of the LES makes it one of NYC’s most authentic neighborhoods.

    Cafe Select – Apres Ski Chalet

    There’s a portal to the Alps in SoHo. Any New Yorker will tell you, all you do is head over to Lafayette and Kenmare, go into Cafe Select, head to the back, through the kitchen, and boom! Portal. It leads into a decked-out Swiss apres-ski chalet! The Portal transfer fee is waived if you stay to enjoy the traditional Swiss fondue with all the trimmings. The chalet accepts US dollars, Swiss Francs and plastic of course, and the staff speaks English. Phew!

    Beauty & Essex

    The eclectic pawn shop seen from the street is just a front for the beautifully designed and fabulous bi-level restaurant in the back. Reservations are a must (just ask at our Front Desk).

    146 Essex Street, Lower East Side, 212-614-0146

    Barrio Chino

    Hip, tiny Mexican restaurant with a great bar. No reservations.

    253 Broome Street, Lower East Side, 212-228-6710


    This subterranean Italian grotto sets the scene for a romantic and delicious dinner.

    The Metrograph

    Classic, foreign and 35mm archival films are celebrated in this converted warehouse on Ludlow Street. The curated film lineup will transport you to the Old Hollywood film sets and around the globe but the comfort of their 2 theatres are a welcome addition to the neighborhood and the NYC film community. Their restaurant
    Metrograph Commissary is getting blockbuster reviews too. Bravo!

    7 Ludlow Street, LES, NYC

    International Center of Photography

    Welcome to the Lower East Side! The ICP has made the move from Sixth Ave. down to the LES. Check out their sprawling space with premiere exhibitions Public, Private, Secret exploring identity and privacy in today’s world and Weegee’s Bowery visualizing the “Skid Row” days in the neighborhood (thru 8/5). Looks like the Bowery is downtown’s new Museum Mile. Ask about their classes and tours!

    250 Bowery, LES, NYC

    The Fat Radish

    This should not be news to anyone, because The Fat Radish has long cemented its way into the concrete jungle as a haven for comforting and FRESH food. The Peeky-Toe Crab Gratin is enough reason to stroll down Orchard Street for a visit anytime. Oyster Happy Hour at their sister The Leadbelly, right across the street, is standard required eating as well.

    17 Orchard St., Lower East Side, NYC

    Lil Frankie’s

    From the name to the brick pizza oven this place is SO New York. Frank Prisinzano’s ultimate neighborhoody, red sauce Italian joint exudes NYC character and has satisfied the cool/casual downtowners and in-the-know, out-of-towners alike. Ask for a table in the back and tell them you’re Frank’s cousin. You won’t get any special treatment but it’ll feel cool to say.

    19 First Ave, East Village, NYC

    Caffe Vita

    We are SO proud to announce we are now caffeinating our guests with the fantastically yummy coffee and espresso from Caffe Vita. Straight outta the coffee mecca of Seattle via Columbia, the premium blends we are now offering are sure to have ready to tackle the Big Apple.

    124 Ludlow Street, LES

    Speedy Romeo

    Romeo & Juliet may have survived had their families had access to the amiable and festive atmosphere of this new Clinton St. Italian. Pizza is the main character in this story but Chicken Parm and a KC Strip Steak attempt to steal the show. Save room for ACT 5: Affogato vs. Olive Oil Cake!

    63 Clinton Street, LES

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