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Cheeky Sandwiches

The white picket fence signals your arrival at the LES's New Orleans-style sandwich shop. Owner Din Yates offers a half dozen or so made-to-order creations. There's fried chicken on a biscuit, pulled pork, delicious oyster and shrimp po' boys,...

Pizza Shack

A dependable option for pizza and so much more (you can get everything from a burger to Shrimp Scampi).  At least one Lo-Down reader touts the meatballs. Fast delivery, gentle prices. 525 Grand Street, near Henry 212-477-3374 Menu Delivery

Tiengarden

A vegan Chinese restaurant that also prepares dishes without garlic and onion (gasp!). Stay away from the mock meat dishes. 170 Allen, near Stanton 212-388-1364 Hours Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed Menu FEATURES Chinese, vegan, delivery, lunch

Wing Shoon

In the former home of the legendary Garden Cafeteria, this old-school Cantonese restaurant does a reasonably decent job with dim sum, barbecued meats and seafood dishes. The price is right. Downside: they don't deliver. 165 East Broadway, at Rutgers 212-780-0238 Hours: 7am-11pm Menu

Lam Zhou

There's no English sign and you can't expect a warm welcome, but these hand pulled noodle soups and (very thin-skinned) dumplings are some of the best in the neighborhood. A bag of 50 frozen dumplings will set you back...

Tra La La and Rainbo’s Fish

This bakery, juice bar and fish market in the Essex Street Market offers some of everything.  The $4 fish sandwiches are tasty and a great deal. There are a few tables right across from the bakery, if you wish...

A-1 Pizza

A-1 Pizza offers a decent slice on the eastern end of Grand Street. 505 Grand Street, near East Broadway 212-533-0214 Open until midnight Menu Delivery

Super Taste

Hand pulled noodles from Lanzhou, in Central China, is the specialty at this hole-in-the-wall on Eldridge Street. The dumplings are also standouts here. 26 Eldridge, near Canal 212-625-1198 Open 1030am-1030pm Menu

Xi’an Famous Foods

A takeout counter next to the Manhattan Bridge specializing in super-fresh hand-pulled noodles and spicy lamb dishes. The Flushing import features dishes from the Shaanxi province in Central China, such as spicy lamb noodles with cumin and the savory...

Zafi’s

The beloved Greek diner on the Eastern end of Grand Street acts as a second dining room for residents of the cooperatives, parishioners at St. Mary's Church and other locals. The proprietors, Nodas and Mike, do, in fact, know...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...
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