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Vanessa’s Dumplings

The dumpling debate rages on, but a lot of people think Vanessa's offers some of the best in the hood. Have them on a plate for $2.50 or in soup for $3. The place is almost always packed. You'll...

Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop

A fixture on Rivington Street, Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop recently changed ownership but this unpretentious place remains a neighborhood favorite. 129 Rivington, at Norfolk 212.982.1690 Hours Noon-10pm Menu Delivery

Rosario’s Pizza

A late night classic, serving Lower East Siders since 1963. Cheap slices, friendly service and passionate customers help Rosario's keep gentrification at bay. 173 orchard, near Stanton 212-777-9813 Hours Sun-Wed, 10am-3am, Thu-Sat, 10am-5am Menu

Rocket Joe’s

A late night standby. Rocket Joe's features a sesame seed crust that some love and others love to hate.  Beware of the drunken mobs on Friday and Saturday nights. 61 Delancy, near Eldridge 212-334-5900 ...

Prosperity Dumpling

Five dumplings for a buck? Reason enough to visit these two shops, even if it means eating on the go because you can't get a seat at the oft-crowded and tiny counters.  There are plenty of locals who believe these are...

Pho Grand

Pho comes in six varieties -- there's an extensive menu featuring other Vietnamese specialties including summer rolls, fried crabs marinated in salt and pepper and whole fish. 277 Grand, near Forsyth 212-965-5366 Open daily 10am-10pm Menu What to eat at Pho Grand? See JP...

169 Bar

Cusine: American/New Orleans/Bar foodAddress: 169 East Broadway (Rutgers)/mapPhone: 646-833-7199 Hours:  Daily 1 p.m.-4 a.m.Menu/web siteReservations: yes; text your reservation request to: 2126410357Delivery: no169 Bar is not the dive it once was but you'll be forgiven for thinking not much has...

Ramen Kuidouraku

Charlie Huh split from the Ramen Setagaya empire, opening this Ludlow Street spot a few months ago (there's also an outpost on 1st Avenue). The menu includes six ramen varieties, a selection of cold noodle dishes as well as...

Nam Son

The large Grand Street restaurant offers an expansive Vietnamese menu, including ten varieties of pho. The service is chilly but efficient. 245 Grand, near Bowery 212-966-6507 Open daily 10am-10pm Menu

Nagasaki Sushi

This place only has five tables and three seats at the sushi bar. Customers frequently have to wait awhile to be served, but it's hard to beat the daily special: three rolls for $10. 109 Eldridge, near Broome 212-219-1555 Hours Sun-Thu, 11:30am-11:30pm;...
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