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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Ashkara

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

212-260-8302

Sun-Wed, 11am-3:30am; Thu-Sat, 11am-5am

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Culture Fix

The new bar, gallery and event space serves a light menu, including salads, cheeses and Spanish tapas.

9 Clinton, near Houston

646.863.7171

Hours Sun-Thu: 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am

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Cafe Boho

Karaoke club/Korean restaurant. The menu features a selection of noodle dishes, kimchi and sizzling hot pots, but really people go for the drinks and the Karaoke.

196 Orchard, near Houston

(212) 777-0102

Hours 11am-4am

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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

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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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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Tapeo 29

The authentic Spanish tapas bar offers simple dishes, regional wines and a relaxed atmosphere. Large windows open up onto Clinton Street in warmer months.

29 Clinton Street, at Stanton

212-979-0002

Hours Mon-Thu, 6pm-1am; Fri, 1pm-4am; Sat, 11am-4am; Sun, 11am-1am

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Salt Bar

The inviting Clinton Street bar serves small plates: cheeses, oysters, salads and tartare. The bartenders are friendly and the room cozy.

29 Clinton, near Stanton

212-979-8471

Hours Sun and Tue-Thu, 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 6pm-3am; Mon, closed

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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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169 Bar

Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

Cusine: American/New Orleans/Bar food
Address: 169 East Broadway (Rutgers)/map
Phone: 646-833-7199
Hours:  Daily 1 p.m.-4 a.m.
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Reservations: yes; text your reservation request to: 2126410357
Delivery: no

169 Bar is not the dive it once was but you’ll be forgiven for thinking not much has changed since the old days.  The pool table is still in the back room, a disco ball and tinsel hangs from the ceiling and you can still get a can of beer and a shot for 3 bucks. But in addition to the bowls of shell-on peanuts scattered  about, you’ll find a raw bar!  There are oysters on the half shell but in keeping with owner Charles Hanson’s New Orleans upbringing, you’ll also find some Crescent City classics.  Some examples: oyster and shrimp po’ boy sliders, spicy blue crab legs and grilled oysters.  If you’re lucky, you might even be able to sneak out to the backyard in nice weather.

 

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