Pizza Shack

A dependable option for pizza and so much more (you can get everything from a burger to Shrimp Scampi).  At least one Lo-Down reader touts the meatballs. Fast delivery, gentle prices.

525 Grand Street, near Henry

212-477-3374

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Tiengarden

A vegan Chinese restaurant that also prepares dishes without garlic and onion (gasp!). Stay away from the mock meat dishes.

170 Allen, near Stanton

212-388-1364

Hours Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

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Wing Shoon

In the former home of the legendary Garden Cafeteria, this old-school Cantonese restaurant does a reasonably decent job with dim sum, barbecued meats and seafood dishes. The price is right. Downside: they don’t deliver.

165 East Broadway, at Rutgers

212-780-0238

Hours: 7am-11pm

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Lam Zhou

There’s no English sign and you can’t expect a warm welcome, but these hand pulled noodle soups and (very thin-skinned) dumplings are some of the best in the neighborhood. A bag of 50 frozen dumplings will set you back 8 bucks.

144 East Broadway, near Essex

(212) 566-6933

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Tra La La and Rainbo’s Fish

This bakery, juice bar and fish market in the Essex Street Market offers some of everything.  The $4 fish sandwiches are tasty and a great deal. There are a few tables right across from the bakery, if you wish to consume your purchases on the spot.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey

212-982-8585

Hours: 8am-6pm, closed Mondays

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A-1 Pizza

A-1 Pizza offers a decent slice on the eastern end of Grand Street.

505 Grand Street, near East Broadway

212-533-0214

Open until midnight

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Super Taste

Hand pulled noodles from Lanzhou, in Central China, is the specialty at this hole-in-the-wall on Eldridge Street. The dumplings are also standouts here.

26 Eldridge, near Canal

212-625-1198

Open 1030am-1030pm

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Xi’an Famous Foods

A takeout counter next to the Manhattan Bridge specializing in super-fresh hand-pulled noodles and spicy lamb dishes. The Flushing import features dishes from the Shaanxi province in Central China, such as spicy lamb noodles with cumin and the savory cumin lamb burger (Anthony Bordain’s favorite).

88 East Brodway, near Forsyth

No phone

Hours 11am-8pm

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Zafi’s

ZafisThe beloved Greek diner on the Eastern end of Grand Street acts as a second dining room for residents of the cooperatives, parishioners at St. Mary’s Church and other locals. The proprietors, Nodas and Mike, do, in fact, know everyone’s name. Delivery is lightning fast.

500 Grand Street, at Willett

212-533-2415

Hours Mon-Fri: 6am-6:30pm Sat: 6am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm

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Vanessa’s Dumplings

The dumpling debate rages on, but a lot of people think Vanessa’s offers some of the best in the hood. Have them on a plate for $2.50 or in soup for $3. The place is almost always packed. You’ll have to fight for a table. Better yet: get takeout.

118 Eldridge, near Broome

212-625-8008

Hours 730am-1030pm

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Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop

A fixture on Rivington Street, Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop recently changed ownership but this unpretentious place remains a neighborhood favorite.

129 Rivington, at Norfolk

212.982.1690

Hours Noon-10pm

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Rosario’s Pizza

A late night classic, serving Lower East Siders since 1963. Cheap slices, friendly service and passionate customers help Rosario’s keep gentrification at bay.

173 orchard, near Stanton

212-777-9813

Hours Sun-Wed, 10am-3am, Thu-Sat, 10am-5am

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Rocket Joe’s

A late night standby. Rocket Joe’s features a sesame seed crust that some love and others love to hate.  Beware of the drunken mobs on Friday and Saturday nights.

61 Delancy, near Eldridge

212-334-5900

Open Sun-Wed, 11am-2:30am; Thu-Sat, 11am-4:30am

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Prosperity Dumpling

Five dumplings for a buck? Reason enough to visit these two shops, even if it means eating on the go because you can’t get a seat at the oft-crowded and tiny counters.  There are plenty of locals who believe these are the most perfect dumplings in the neighborhood.

46 Eldridge St. and 69 Clinton St.

212-343-0683 (Eldridge St.); 212-228-0988 (Clinton St.)

Daily: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Eldridge St.); 10 am – 11 p.m. (Clinton St.)

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Pho Grand

Pho comes in six varieties — there’s an extensive menu featuring other Vietnamese specialties including summer rolls, fried crabs marinated in salt and pepper and whole fish.

277 Grand, near Forsyth

212-965-5366

Open daily 10am-10pm

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What to eat at Pho Grand? See JP Bowersock’s column, “Authenticity Isn’t Everything.”