The Lower East Side
The Lower East Side is relaxing and chill in the day and comes to life at night with great eats, music and entertainment. Lower East Side has an artistic vibe and a lot of culture. The food scene is eclectic, from delicious quick bites to small classic bistros and landmark restaurants.
Open your Instagram app, get your filters ready and make your way to Kenmare street to try out De Maria. Opened in February, the newest restaurant from chef Camille Becerra (Navy, Cafe Henrie) is a stylish all-day spot that’s taking social media by storm. Head over at lunch time to try out Becerra’s take on healthy, ingredient-driven cuisine, like her Fire Dragon Bowl with a turmeric-poached egg, heirloom beans, grains, avocado and tarragon tahini. Pro tip: bring your phone to the bathroom to snap a shot of the restaurant’s signature neon blue Virgin Mary.
De Maria is the ultimate Downtown New York contemporary restaurant located at the edge of Nolita; an all day hip cafe focused on delivering convivial dining with a creative atmosphere and fresh meals for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. True to Chef Camille Becerra’s trademark style, our menu is comprised of vibrant and healthful offerings.
19 Kenmare Street, Nolita
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).
Beauty & Essex has an innovative design that starts in the restaurant’s entrance, a wellcurated modern day pawn shop replete with a saxophone, boombox, quirky artifacts, vintage treasures and an eclectic array of “oneoff” pieces of jewelry.
Continuing past the pawn shop, guests encounter a grand, circular staircase wrapped around a twostory custom chandelier, but only the adventurous will discover all that Beauty & Essex has to offer. With four distinct dining rooms (one private), two bars, a lounge and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon including a luxurious sofa, and antique perfume bottles. The cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course.
Chef Chris Santos was one of the pioneers of the small, share plate dining trend that has swept the nation, and with the Beauty & Essex menu, he once again has created waves on the food scene.
146 Essex Street, Lower East Side, 212-614-0146
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.
Bacaro is a rustic Venetian tavern for sharing Cichetti, Venetian-style small plates paired with Northern Italian wines. Covertly located down a little winding street a block south of Canal. An inside and outside staircase both lead you to an underground catacomb of exposed brick archways with wooden communal farm tables, illuminated by soft lighting and warm candles reminiscent of the streets of Italy.
Established in 2007, Bacaro has been serving the lower east side for close to 10 years.
Bacari are Venice’s working man’s pub usually hidden down backstreets. Long wooden tables and benches, exposed brick walls, rough-hewn slate floors and candlelight make for the perfect atmosphere for lingering conversation.
Hidden away on division street, a quiet block that curves off of orchard, Bacaro transports you to another time and place—when you walk in, you feel like you are in Italy, not New York City. Only the bartender’s accent gives it away…
Out East comes from a culinary power team – Tim Meyers (Charlie Bird), Peter Kane and Anthony Serignese (Beauty & Essex, Stanton Social) so it’s likely to be an instant hit. Opened at the end of April, this spot serves a seafood-focused menu of Long Island-inspired dishes like fluke with plum “three ways” and Block Island porgy with lobster butter. Definitely work the 10-minute walk to experience what’s happening (one block) “Out East” of Rivington.
Inside the restaurant, vintage wallpaper, thread bare pink banquettes and a sun splashed atrium come together in an Instagrammer’s dream world. Add in succulent coastal seafood and fresh local ingredients presented with a playful touch, and you’ve begun to tap into the magic that is Out East.
With references to landmarks, art, literature and beach vibes, Out East transports you with the spirit of the Long Island coast, offering up a completely unique experience in the East Village and answering the ultimate New York question – ‘where do you go when you only have a few hours but need a break from the city that never sleeps?’. It’s simple really, you go Out East.
With 4000 square feet to stretch your sea legs, this duplex eatery boasts five dining rooms and two bars, able to accommodate cocktail parties up to 250 people and still perfect for your next date night. Whether you want to dine under the stars in a garden or lounge in a beach house, Out East has your escape fantasies covered. So what are you waiting for you?
509 East 6th Street, East Village
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!
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level.
ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.
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
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.
Italy’s neighorhood pizzerias are known as really casual places to hang out, meet friends, eat, drink and talk. Lil’ Frankie’s is just that. They offer real Neapolitan pizza, made exactly as it’s made in Naples, fresh handmade pastas cooked to order, a wine and grappa list that rivals any in the city, and friendly (never pushy) service – all in a setting designed to make you feel at home.
Frankie’s brick, wood burning, oven was handcrafted by a 3rd generation Neapolitan oven builder, brick by brick. It features real lava from Vesuvio and through a unique double dome design, recycles heat to reach near 900 degrees.
19 First Ave, East Village, NYC
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.
Caffe Vita has been roasting coffee in Seattle since 1995. They are an independent, locally-owned company. From their beginnings at the base of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, Caffe Vita now operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria cafe in New York City, and a cafe in Los Angeles.
Caffe Vita are pioneers of the Farm Direct movement, meticulously sourcing the best coffee available while developing long-term, mutually fruitful relationships with coffee growers in more than 11 countries. They work with and invest in farmers who are committed to sustainable practices.
By creating an environment where the customer can see, touch, and taste the coffee they purchase, Caffe Vita provides a unique learning opportunity that allows their coffee to speak for itself. Caffe Vita is always fresh, imported directly from the farm and roasted on-site.
124 Ludlow Street, LES
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!
Just like it’s Brooklyn predecessor, the newly expanded, 100+ seat Lower East Side location features dishes all prepared by Chef Justin Bazdarich in a wood-burning oven and grill. The room recombines two separate restaurants around a marble horseshoe bar, serving up Italian wine, local craft beer, working class tall boys, and inventive craft cocktails. The expanded space features antique-green shelving and steel and aquamarine booths and banquettes for bigger parties. Guests can eye the Pavesi pizza oven painted like Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat” electric guitar. The restaurant utilizes salvaged décor and a bright yellow marquee sign from the defunct Rentas Liquors.
For large groups, we’ve also introduced two new family-style menus. The Triple Crown features our signature Caesar Salad, Mozzarella Crostini, Stuffed Peppers, and choice of Prime Rib, Porchetta, Lobster + Arancini Extravaganza, and more. Our Fight For your Right to Pizza Party menu includes pizza, wings in three combinations, pitchers of beer and prosecco, topped off with our house-made Olive Oil Cake or Banana Split Sundae (sparklers included).
Speedy Romeo strives to be an institution in the LES just like it’s Brooklyn predecessor.
63 Clinton Street, LES