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

212-228-6751

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

212-941-1818

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

212-766-2828

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

646-602-6264

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

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Creperie

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

CLOSED

Cambodian-style sandwiches – served in gourmet hot dog buns and stuffed with pulled pork, brisket, catfish and other interesting  ingredients.

78 Rivington, near Orchard

212-253-8441

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

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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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Mole Mexican Bar & Grill

Traditional Mexican with fresh lime margaritas.

205 Allen St., nr. Houston St.

212-777-3200

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

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Cibao

Dominican diner serves up comforting stews and soups, plus a tasty cubano. The tostones (fried plantains) are also a highlight.

72 Clinton, near Rivington

212-228-0873

Sun-Thu, 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm

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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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Chinese, vegan, delivery, lunch

Shalom Chai Pizza

This kosher pizza restaurant on Grand Street also serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, knishes and other entrees.

359 Grand Street, near Essex

212-598-4178

Hours Sun-Thu: 7am-6:30pm Fri: 7am-3pm

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Russ & Daughters

Perhaps the Lower East Side’s most revered food institution, appetizing store Russ & Daughters has been in business since 1914. Today a new generation of the Russ family sells a wide variety of smoked salmon, sturgeon, herring, sable, etc. There’s also an extensive caviar selection, dried fruits and nuts and coffees.   The artisans behind the counter will probably give you a little taste of lox as they’re carving away.

179 East Houston, near Orchard

212-475-4880

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 8am-53opm; Free delivery 9am-4pm

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