9 Clinton, near Houston
Hours Sun-Thu: 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am
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
Hours Tues- Thur 12-2am Fri-Sat 12–4am Sunday 12-1am
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
Open Mon-Tue, noon-3am; Wed-Fri, noon-4am; Sat, 10am-4am; Sun, 10am-3am
Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more.
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
Hours: Tue-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, noon-9pm
Reservations not accepted
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
map Phone: 646-833-7199
Hours: Daily 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Menu/web site 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.
Mentions on The Lo-Down
Vietnamese restaurant mogul Michael Huynh conquers the burger at this tiny Lower East Side joint. The basic offerings will only set you back $5. Add chili or cheese, jalapeno and wasabi menu — and you’ll pay a couple bucks more.
134 Ludlow, near Rivington
Open Sun-Thu, 10am-2am; Fri-Sat, 10am-4am
The build-your-own meatball sensation on Stanton Street. Pick a meatball from column a (beef, pork, chicken, vegetable) with a sauce from column b. The DIY theme continues on the dessert menu: ice cream sandwiches featuring several flavors and cookie combinations.
84 Stanton, near Allen
Open daily noon-4am
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