The Best of the Lower East Side (Food); Here Are the Results in 18 Categories
On the cover: The roast pork sandwich at Black Tree, which was awarded Best New Restaurant by our readers. Photo by Alex M. Smith. …
A-1 Pizza offers a decent slice on the eastern end of Grand Street.
505 Grand Street, near East Broadway
Open until midnight
Address: 76 Clinton St./map
Hours: Tue-Thu, 11am-4pm and 6pm-11pm; Fri, 11am-4pm and 6pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-3:30pm and 6pm-midnight; Sun, 10:30am-3:30pm and 6pm-10pm; Mon, closed.
A pioneer on Clinton Street that’s still a neighborhood favorite. The low-key spot offers an eclectic American menu that features one of the LES’s better burgers, comfort food staples such as brisket and roast chicken and a taco plate with your choice of fish, chicken or veggies. Thuesday-Thursday there’s a nightly “blue plate special” that includes an entree, a glass of wine or beer and dessert for $20.
Mentions on The Lo-Down
A New Face in the Kitchen at Alias
Banh mi, delicious authentic pho and other Vietnamese specialties, in fancier digs than you’ll find a few blocks to the west in Chinatown proper.
85 Orchard Street, near Broome
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week
A taste of the Cote d’Azur on the Lower East Side. Traditional bistro fare with some creative touches. Good wine list. Live jazz in the evenings.
112 Suffolk, near Delancey
Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-11pm
One of the few kosher options in the neighborhood, Ashkara serves a respectable falafel sandwich. You put the toppings on yourself.
189 East Houston, near Orchard
Sun-Wed, 11am-3:30am; Thu-Sat, 11am-5am
A satisfying Turkish kebab joint catering to late night revelers and locals alike.
187 East Houston, at Orchard
Open 24 hours, daily
A dependable Cantonese place on Grand Street, specializing in noodles, congee and a $5.95 lunch special.
300 Grand Street, between Eldridge and Allen
Delivery, Cash only
Cambodian-style sandwiches – served in gourmet hot dog buns and stuffed with pulled pork, brisket, catfish and other interesting ingredients.
78 Rivington, near Orchard
Hours Monday: 12pm-10pm; Tuesday-Wednesday: 12pm-12am; Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-2am; Sunday: 12pm-10pm
Gussied up diner serving a global menu, but excelling at Mediterranean specialties like falafel and seafood herime. Very friendly service. Wi/fi service not always reliable.
189 East Broadway (at Jefferson)
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 8:30am-10:30pm
Dominican diner serves up comforting stews and soups, plus a tasty cubano. The tostones (fried plantains) are also a highlight.
72 Clinton, near Rivington
Sun-Thu, 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm