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

212-533-6088

Mon-Sun 5-11 p.m.; weekend brunch  11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Alias

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.
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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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A New Face in the Kitchen at Alias

 

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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Donnybrook

A nicely appointed but low key Irish bar on Clinton Street that caters mostly to a neighborhood crowd. There’s no kitchen, but they turn out some tasty bar grub anyway (fried oysters, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie).  Weekend brunch includes a traditional Irish breakfast and a smoked salmon platter. $15 gets you free bloody mary’s, mimosas or screwdrivers (limit 3 per customer). A good place to down a pint of Guinness and watch a football game.

35 Clinton Street, at Stanton

(212) 228-7733

Hours Daily: 12pm-4am; dinner served until 11pm. Weekend brunch served 11am-4pm.

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Macondo

Latin street food and fancy cocktails from the owners of Rayuela.

157 E. Houston St., near  Allen St.

212-473-9900
Open Mon-Thu, 11am-midnight; Fri, 11am-4am; Sat, 11am-4am; Sun, 11am-midnight.

Tre

The sliver of a restaurant on Ludlow Street with a cozy backyard offers creative versions of Neopolitan street food. The menu features such items as fried rice balls, fried artichokes and lamb meatballs. There are also a variety of simply prepared pasta and meat dishes, plus a Monday night special (spaghetti and meatballs and unlimited sangria for $20).

173 Ludlow, near Houston

212-353-3353

Hours Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

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FEATURES: outdoor dining, weekend brunch

Fatta Cuckoo

The tiny Italian spot on Clinton Street features seasonal ingredients (including vegetables from a backyard garden) and a Williamsburg refugee in the kitchen, Brett Ackerman of Diner and Marlow & Sons. Sandwiches and salads for lunch… pan roasted mussels, crab cakes and veal dumplings for dinner.

63 Clinton Street, near Stanton

212-353-0570

Hours: daily 11am-2pm; weekend brunch 11am-5pm

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Tre

Tre draws its culinary inspiration from Naples, where owner/chef Gino Piscopo was born.  The intimate little restaurant with a charming backyard seems a bit out of place on rowdy Ludlow Street. But once inside, you’ll be transported. The service is warm and the food well prepared. There’s a nice selection of pastas and small plates, such as fried rice balls and fried artichokes.

173 Ludlow, near Houston

212-353-3353

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FEATURES

Outdoor dining, weekend brunch

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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Zucco

Zucco passed away in early 2010 but his charming little diner on Orchard Street lives on. All the classics are here: steak in a red wine sauce, duck confit, salad nicoise, onion soup, etc. There’s a single table outside and a cozy dining room.

188 Orchard, near Houston

212-677-5200

Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm

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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

Pulino’s

Keith McNally’s  (Balthazar, Schiller’s, etc) take on a Roman pizzeria and trattoria. The wood-fired oven produces slightly charred thin crust pies, featuring a lot of interesting toppings. Also on the menu: several antipasti platters and other entrees (roasted fish, hanger steak). Like all McNally ventures, Pulino’s highlights specialty cocktails and a big, lively bar.

212-226-1966

282 Bowery, at Houston

Hours: brteakfast daily 830am-1130am; lunch Monday-Friday noon-5pm; dinner daily 6pm-midnight; weekend brunch 10am-4pm

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Delivery 11am-11pm

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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Delivery, wi-fi

Sixth Ward

A sometimes rowdy Irish theme bar with a fairly substantial menu (burgers, pizza, wings, etc), a large patio in the back and a few pool tables.

191 Orchard, near Houston

212-228-9888

Hours Mon-Fri, noon-4am; Sat-Sun, 11am-4am

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