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The "below Delancey" sushi spot is a low-key option for reasonably priced sushi. The $3 happy hour special is especially popular. There are also cooked entrees, such as yakitori, teriyaki and tempura. 252 Broome, near Orchard 212-979-0989 Mon-Thu, 11:30am-midnight; Fri, 11:30am-1am; Sat,...


The sushi restaurant next to the Hotel on Rivington. There are about two dozen hot appetizers, as well as all of the obligatory rolls, sashimi and sushi offerings. The lunch boxes are a good deal. 111 Rivington, near Ludlow 212-388-9688 Mon-Thu, noon-11pm;...


A German couple, Amrei Schmitt-Fumian and David Wiesner, patterned this hidden gem on the memorable island restaurants frequented on their many trips to southern...

Georgia’s East Side BBQ

Alan Natkiel fine-tuned his barbecuing technique in Georgia (slow steaming the ribs, then tossing them on the grill) before opening this spot on Orchard Street. There are only a few tables, so most people order take-out. There's also decent...


At the end of Freeman Alley (off Rivington), Taavo Somer and William Tigertt created an enchanting hideway, offering fancy comfort food in "hunting lodge" surroundings.  "A rugged, clandestine, colonial American tavern," as they call it.  There are three bars...

Nonna’s Pizza

Cusine: Pizza, ItalianAddress: 105 Clinton St./mapPhone: (212) 477-2708 Hours:  Sun-Wed: 10am-12am Thu-Sat: 10am-2amMenu Reservations: noDelivery: yes Nonna's is a longtime Lower East Side favorite.  Specializing in the "grandma slice," which features a sweeter sauce than your average New York pie, the...

Flowers Cafe

They're going for a 70's era hippie vibe at this Grand Street cafe. There are egg sandwiches and bagels for breakfast and an assortment of sandwiches (think alfalfa sprouts and avocado) for lunch.The restaurant is owned by Bill Frazer,...

Mary Queen of Scots

A Scottish gastropub featuring a large selection of scotch and whiskeys, plus a pretty ambitious menu (including a number of chactuterie plates). 115 Allen Street, near Delancey 212-460-0915 Hours: 6 p.m.-11 p.m, Sun-Thurs; 6 p.m.-midnight, Fri-Sat Menu

Los Feliz

A gussied up taqueria and tequila bar (150 varieties) from the Spitzer's Corner team. The exapnsive lower level has a clubby feel. Private rooms are available. 109 Ludlow, near Delancey 212-228-8383 Hours 5pm-4am Web site


Known best for its rollicking weekend brunch, Essex serves an American menu with Jewish and Latin touches. The restaurant also has weekday happy hour specials. 120 Essex, at Rivington 212-533-9616 Hours Mon-Thu, 6pm-midnight; Fri, 6pm-1am; Sat, 11am-2am; Sun, 11am-11pm Web site
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