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El Sombrero

Cusine: MexicanAddress: 108 Stanton St. (Ludlow)/mapPhone: 212-254-4188 Hours:  Sun-Thu, 10am-2am; Fri-Sat, 10am-4amMenu Reservations:  YesDelivery: No El Sombrero, referred to a lot of locals as "The Hat," is one of he last "old school" spots within the Lower East Side's gentrified nightlife...

El Maguey Y La Tuna

A friendly family-owned restaurant serving specialties from Puebla, Mexico. 321 Houston, near Attorney 212-473-3919 Open Tue-Sun, 11am-midnight; Mon, closed Web site

El Castillo de Jagua

A Dominican diner serving up huge portions at bargain prices. Cubano sandwiches, rice & beans, roast chicken are among the standbys. A good choice for breakfast, too. Two locations: 113 Rivington, near Essex/212-982-6412 521 Grand/212-995-0244 Open daily 8am-midnight Menu

Hi Thai

The sleek Ludlow Street spot offers all of the Thai standards - curries, wok sauteed entrees, spicy chicken wings. Lunch is a bargain. 123 Ludlow, near Rivington 212-677-7624 Hours Mon-Thu, noon-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11:30pm; Sun, 2pm-10:30pm Web site

Cup & Saucer

Perhaps the neighborhood's best old school diner. The food is dependable, the service is lightning fast and the chocolate milkshakes will make you want to take a long nap. 89 Canal, at Eldridge 212-925-3298 Open Mon-Fri, 6am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 6am-4pm Menu Delivery

Barrio Chino

Cusine: MexicanAddress: 253 Broome St. (near Orchard)/mapPhone: 212-228-6710 Hours:  Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; weekends 10 a.m.-1 a.m.Menu/web siteReservations: yesDelivery: noMore than a decade after arriving on the "below Delancey" restaurant scene, Barrio Chino is still one of the most popular...


A rowdy German beer hall, off the Bowery, that usually has pretty good food.  Hearty specialties include: chicken paprikasch, spaetzle, bratwurst. There's also a garden in the back. One one recent trip here the burgers came out cold, the...

La Isla

Dominican take-out place alongside the Williamsburg Bridge, offering some interesting dishes (like codfish and eggs for breakfast). The downside: they close early. 212 Delancey, near Ridge (212) 598-4752 Hours Monday-Saturday 6am-6pm Menu Delivery, Cash only

Saro Bistro

An Eastern European (Balkan) bistro and bar from Israeli chef Eran Elhalal. Entrees include a slow roasted lamb shoulder, braised short ribs, Yugoslavian kebabs and smoked and roasted guinea hen. 102 Norfolk, near Delancey 212-505-7276 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-1pm; weekend brunch noon-4pm; delivery...

La Flaca

A New Mexican spot on a restaurant-poor stretch of Grand Street -- with a full bar, happy hour specials and lunch service. 384 Grand Street, at Suffolk (646) 692-9259 Hours: Daily: 12pm-4am ...
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