A satisfying Turkish kebab joint catering to late night revelers and locals alike.

187 East Houston, at Orchard


Open 24 hours, daily




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

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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


Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-11pm

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An Choi

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

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Cusine: American
Address: 76 Clinton St./map
Phone: 212-505-5011
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.
Menu/web site
Reservations: yes
Delivery: yes

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.


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Cube 63

The Clinton Street sushi restaurant packs in a young crowd with affordable prices and a BYOB policy. There are only 26 seats, so prepare to wait for a table if you don’t have a reservation.

63 Clinton, near Rivington


Open 5pm-midnight Monday-Thursday, 5pm-1am weekends.

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Congee Village

The best congee (26 varieties) in New York City can be found at this large restaurant on Allen Street, and its sister outpost on the Bowery. But there’s a huge menu (250 items long) featuring a wide variety of Cantonese and Hong Kong specialties. The crispy garlic chicken is legendary. Other favorites include: razor clams in a salty black bean sauce, sweet potato greens, roast duck with meatballs and chicken with black mushrooms. There are four party rooms downstairs, each featuring  a multi-lingual karaoke machine!

100 Allen Street, near Broome


Open 10:30am-12:30am Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 10:30am-2am Friday & Saturday

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Congee Bowery

Revel in the tacky decor as you slurp down big bowls of congee (rice porridge). There’s an extensive menu featuring many other Cantonese dishes.One of the best bargains in the neighborhood – and they deliver!

207 Bowery, near Rivington


Open 11am-midnight every day

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Clinton Street Baking Company

The Lower East Side’s brunch mecca, serving up delectable pancakes and perfect biscuits. The wait to get in on weekends (and many weekdays) is ridiculously long. Your best best: going for dinner. Don’t miss the fried chicken!

4 Clinton Street, near Houston


Open 8am-11pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9-6pm

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El Nuevo Amanecar

A Mexican spot on Stanton Street serving all the standards (tacos, burritos, enchiladas) — plus lethal margaritas. Don’t expect speedy or attentive service, but if you don’t mind waiting, it’s a good time.

117 Stanton, at Essex

(212) 387-9115

Hours Daily 11am-11pm




A favorite of late night bar crowds, this “hole in the wall” spot serves sweet and savory crepes until the wee hours.

135 Ludlow, near Rivington

212-979-5521 or 212-253-6705

Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-3am; Friday-Saturday 11am-4am

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Cash only, late night

Bun & Company


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

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Big Hing Wong

A dependable Cantonese place on Grand Street, specializing in noodles, congee and a $5.95 lunch special.

300 Grand Street, between Eldridge and Allen

(212) 925-1662

Hours 8am-10pm


Delivery, Cash only


Cozy Italian wine bar with traditional pastas and seafood.

9 Stanton St., near Bowery


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


Mole Mexican Bar & Grill

Traditional Mexican with fresh lime margaritas.

205 Allen St., nr. Houston St.


Sun-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight.

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