Weekend Kid’s Pick

Family workshop on Chinese Puzzles at MOCA.

This Saturday visit the Museum of Chinese in America and try your hand at puzzle solving! MOCA is offering family puzzle-solving workshops on the last Saturday of each month from March to August 2011. Kids 4 and older work with their parents to solve the puzzles, hear stories related to the puzzles, and experiment with puzzle-inspired art.

Time: Saturday, March 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 // Location: 215 Centre Street // Admission: $10 per child and adult pair; $5 per additional child; Free for MOCA Family Members. RSVP to education@mocanyc.org

Weekend Kid’s Pick

The Bossy Frog Band is live in concert at the Educational Alliance this Sunday.

Nothing rings in Spring better than a funky, upbeat concert led by a banjo-playing certified music therapist.  On Sunday, March 20 from 11-2, the Educational Alliance is hosting The Bossy Frog Band at the Mazer Theater (197 East Broadway). The show is interactive and kids are encouraged to dance in the aisles. The cost is $10 per child or adult, babes in arms are free. All proceeds help support the Educational Alliance Preschool.

For more information about this or other kid’s events, please visit our kids page.

Bereket

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

187 East Houston, at Orchard

212-475-7700

Open 24 hours, daily

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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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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

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

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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Shopsin’s

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

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Sheng Wang

At this spartan, subterranean spot, handmade wheat noodles are served with a choice of 20 or so toppings (chopped pork bones, duck, ox tail, etc). For English only speakers, ordering here is a bit of a challenge. Some think the fish ball soup is unrivaled.

27 Eldridge, near Canal

212-925-0805

Open daily 7am-10pm

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San Marzano

A brick oven produces crispy, thin crust pizza at this spot on the corner of Clinton and Rivington. San Marzano takes a lot of pride in sourcing high quality toppings.

71 Clinton, at Rivington

212-228-5060

Sun-Thu, 11:30am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-2am

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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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