Chief Curmudgeon Kenny Shopsin serves up a few hundred (no, that’s not a typo) wacky items in his little corner of the Essex Market. Ignore his profane rants and occasional temper tantrums while slurping down one of 54 “made from scratch” soups, mac ‘n cheese pancakes or shrimp gumbo grits – or the duck/chorizo/shrimp stew.
120 Essex Street, near Rivington
Open Tue-Sat, 9:30am-2pm; Sun-Mon, closed
Sammy’s has been serving (un)healthy portions of shmaltz and schtick at the same location on Chrystie Street for more than 30 years. The broiled steak will set you back $35-40 bucks, but your serving will be “Flintstones” huge (hanging over the plate) and perfectly prepared. There’s usually entertainment (think Borscht Belt humor and accordion music).
157 Chrystie, near Delancey
Hours Sun-Thu, 4pm-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 4pm-11pm
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
Hours Sun-Wed, 10am-3am, Thu-Sat, 10am-5am