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.
The Lucky Bee
The Lower East Side sure is a colorful place. Vibing hard on Broome Street, The Lucky Bee is the latest addition to an already very vibrant scene in the neighborhood. Creative takes on Thai street food and a fun cocktail program should have the BUZZ lasting.
The Lucky Bee opened in January 2016 in downtown Manhattan by Matty Bennett and Australian designer, Rupert Noffs (‘Best Restaurant Couple’ 2016 The Village Voice).
Having travelled extensively throughout Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, while based in Australia and seeing a need for thoughtful Asian cuisine, the boys knew it was time to bring The Lucky Bee to New York City.
252 Broome Street, LES
The large-scale sculpture in glossy technicolor caught my eye from across Ludlow Street, but the powerful voice inside has kept my attention. Richard Taittinger Gallery is the perfect setting for Frances Goodman’s “Rapaciously Yours”.
154 Ludlow Street
This hidden gem on the Lower East Side’s Eldridge Street was home to the famous speak-easy Milk & Honey. Well, the bartenders stayed behind and now run Attaboy, the tiny, exclusive, no-reservations cocktail haven that is carrying the torch.
The space has been given a minor makeover; the booths are now gone, doubling the size of the popular bar, and the walls have been given a bit of a whitewash. There is no written cocktail list, instead your bartender will ask you about your tastes and favourite spirits and whip something up to suit your mood.
These guys are out to impress and know their stuff, so don’t be afraid to be too precise or adventurous in your requests set them a challenge they can rise to. Alongside the bespoke cocktails, there are plans underway to introduce canned beer and charcuterie plates, and unlike its predecessor, reservations are no longer required to secure a table.
134 Eldridge Street. No phone, no website.
Maybe it’s the laidback, knowledgeable, non-judginess of the staff, but I can walk into this adult toy shop and always feel at ease. But of course, if you’re especially bashful, you can shop on their amazingly user-friendly website. My safeword is: BABELAND.
94 Rivington Street
You know that person in your neighborhood whose signature style exemplifies the area? That’s Yaf and her boutique on Orchard Street is unique, charming and one of a kind. This month Hotel on Rivington guests can shop and take 15% off. You’re welcome!
Yaf Sparkle Boutique specializes in handmade jewelry and leather goods, and is currently housing a carefully curated selection of beautiful pieces from numerous designers. No collection is the same; from classic-cut, dainty necklaces à la Yaf Sparkle Jewelry to eclectic lace bangles dipped in gold from designer Monika Knutsson, there’s an aesthetic for everyone, both male and female, at Yaf Sparkle Boutique. Other designers that Yaf Sparkle stocks include Buddha to Buddha, Johnny Farah, Lyon Fine Jewelry, Anna Ruth Henriques, Sarah Michiko, Yelena Noah Jewelry, Pound Jewelry, Lauren Harkness and Delanacre, all of whom are dedicated to stunning craftsmanship. Yaf’s custom made creations grace the ring fingers of many brides and grooms, as she made many design ideas come to fruition for her clients.
Yaf Sparkle Boutique was created out of the desire to provide an environment where fun, fashion and pleasure are combined as one. During the summer of 2012, after successively making a name in New York’s close-knit Jewelry scene for over a decade, Yaf Boye-Flaegel realized that the next logical step in her career was to fulfill her dream and cut the leash of employment. In order to enjoy true creative freedom in forging her signature style, she chose the Lower East Side, also referred to as “the next SoHo”, as a home to her first brick and mortar store. Her boutique now features not only her own designs but also displays the work of almost a dozen designers, from young local talent to internationally renowned brands.
158 Orchard Street
The Broth Boss – Mr. Taka
More of a cozy/comfy but equally as savory is this new ramen haven on Allen Street. Bringing Michelin-cred to the LES, Mr. Taka is throwing bowls like you’ve never seen. Just pros behind an open kitchen slinging NYC’s favorite cold-weather heart-warmer.
It began in Japan with two childhood friends Takatoshi and Takayuki . Reunited once again, having accomplished their dreams, they realized there was just one more to go: opening up a ramen shop in New York City. Although NYC has known its share of delicious ramen , it was too obvious that merely the surface of ramen cuisine was shown. Takatoshi and Takayuki decided to put together their talents take on the big apple by bringing the delicious variations of ramen from Japan.
170 Allen Street