Bacaro

A Venetian small plates restaurant, serving crostini, pasta dishes, cheeses and other tasty morsels. Most of the seating is in romantic, exposed brick quarters downstairs. There are bars on both levels.

136 Division Street

212-941-5060

Tue-Sun, 6pm-midnight; Mon, closed

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Azul

Grilled steaks, lamb chops, an assortment of sausages and empanadas – Argentianian style.

152 Stanton, near Suffolk

646-602-2004

Daily, 6pm-midnight

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Antibes Bistro

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

212-533-6088

Mon-Sun 5-11 p.m.; weekend brunch  11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Gentleman Farmer

This sliver of a restaurant just a stone’s throw from Sara D. Roosevelt Park offers rustic farmhouse french dishes with “New American” touches. Chef/owner Karim Nounouh emphasizes quality, locally sourced ingredients.  The space is cozy and charming. There are copper pots on the walls, a curved wood plank ceiling.  Service is efficient and friendly.  Flavor combinations are sometimes successful — sometimes not. Entrees range from $16-28.

40 Rivington, near Forsyth

(212) 677-2172

Hours Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am

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Reservations strongly recommended

Cash, AMEX only

‘Inoteca

inoteca

Cusine: Italian
Address: 98 Rivington St./map
Phone: 212-614-0473
Hours:  Mon-Fri, noon-1am; Sat-Sun, noon-3am
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Reservations: no
Delivery: no
 
This wine bar at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets, one of the Lower East Side’s best places to watch the world go by, is an ideal location to spend a lazy afternoon, especially in the warm weather months.  There’s sidewalk seating and a dining room that’s open to the street, providing a European feel as you sip a glass of wine and nibble from a cheese and charcuterie plate.  The panini is excellent, and the pastas are very decent.  Brunch is a standout; the brisket and fried eggs is a personal favorite.

 

Mangiami

Cozy Italian wine bar with traditional pastas and seafood.

9 Stanton St., near Bowery

212-477-7047

Open Sun-Wed, noon-11pm; Thu, noon-11:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight

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Tre

The sliver of a restaurant on Ludlow Street with a cozy backyard offers creative versions of Neopolitan street food. The menu features such items as fried rice balls, fried artichokes and lamb meatballs. There are also a variety of simply prepared pasta and meat dishes, plus a Monday night special (spaghetti and meatballs and unlimited sangria for $20).

173 Ludlow, near Houston

212-353-3353

Hours Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

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Reservations

FEATURES: outdoor dining, weekend brunch

Casa Mezcal

A little bit of Oaxaca comes to the Lower East Side. The three-story restaurant, bar and cultural center features, as you probably guessed, delicious tequila drinks, a tapas menu and a recently introduced full dinner menu. Are you man/woman enough to try  the fried grasshoppers with cheese?

86 Orchard Street, at Broome

212-777-2600

Hours Tues- Thur 12-2am Fri-Sat 12–4am Sunday 12-1am

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Stanton Social

Trendy, swanky Stanton Social serves an eclectic small plates menu to a a young and stylish crowd. They come mostly to see/be seen and to consume fancy cocktails, but Chef Chris Santos wows customers with  inventive fusion fare. The restaurant also features a raw bar, one of the few in the neighborhood.

99 Stanton, near Ludlow

212-995-0099

Mon-Wed, 5pm-2am; Thu-Fri, 5pm-3am; Sat, 11:30am-3am; Sun, 11:30am-2am

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Spitzer’s Corner

Open to the street on two sides, featuring a big beer menu and serving up surprisingly decent “gastropub” fare, this place is one of the neighborhood’s most popular nightlife destinations.  Go for lunch or happy hour to avoid the frat party that begins to build after 8pm.

101 Rivington, near Ludlow

212-228-0027

Open Mon-Tue, noon-3am; Wed-Fri, noon-4am; Sat, 10am-4am; Sun, 10am-3am

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Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more.

Sorella

An Italian wine bar with an ambitious small plates menu. The dining room feels like a sanctuary from bustling Allen Street, where Sorella is located. Inspired by the Piedmont region of Italy, the menu features items such as pate with duck fat, english muffin bread, a fried egg and bacon.

95 Allen Street, near Delancey

212-274-9595

Hours: Tue-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, noon-9pm

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Reservations not accepted

Verlaine

The bar next to “Fat Baby” is a sleek, dimly lit hideaway offering Vietnamese-inspired appetizers.The space is available for parties and other special events. Happy hour features their signature “lychee martinis” for $5 every night until 10pm.

110 Rivington, near Essex

212-614-2494

Hours Sun-Wed, 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 5pm-4am

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Schiller’s

Sure, Keith McNally’s hot spot on Rivington Street attracts a bridge and tunnel crowd, but the staff goes to great lengths to treat the locals well. If Todd is behind the bar, you can be assured of a perfectly prepared cocktail. The French bistro-ish menu includes many crowd pleasers, including a very decent steak frites, a well-prepared roast chicken and french onion soup. Avoid the crushing crowds, and go for lunch.

131 Rivington, at Norfolk

Hours Mon-Wed, 11am-1am; Thu, 11am-2am; Fri-Sat, 10am-3am; Sun, 10am-1am

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Delivery, wi-fi

Ten Bells

Named after the pub in London where Jack the Ripper met his victims, Ten Bells is an all-organic wine bar on Broome Street with a small selection of cheeses, oysters and other small plates. It’s a nice place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Cash only.

247 Broome Street

212-228-4450

Hours Mon-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 3pm-2am; Sun, 3pm-1am

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Fat Radish

Two young chefs from the U.K. colonize lower Orchard Street. In a bright, airy space they have created a locally sourced, seasonal menu. A favorite of fashion insiders (they also run a catering company), Fat Radish caters to the locals with a limited breakfast and a juice bar. Reservations are accepted for parties of 6 or more.

17 Orchard, near Canal.

212-300-4053

Hours Tue-Sat: 5:30pm-12am Sun: 5pm-10pm

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