Bisous Ciao Macarons

It may look like an ultra-modern museum but Bisous Ciao is really a bakery selling macarons and nothing but macarons.

101 Stanton, near Ludlow

(212) 260-3463

Hours: Tues – Thurs: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm; Sun: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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La Tiendita

The Lower East Side Girls Club’s “girl’s made and fair trade” social venture bakery, offering cupcakes, cookies, brownies and granola.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey

212-982-1633, ext. 108

Hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

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Formaggio Essex

The high-end store in the Essex Street Market offers an interesting selection of cheeses, oils and other specialty food items.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey


Hours: 10am-7pm

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Homemade spinach pie, baklava and other Greek specialties are offered at this tiny stall in the Essex Street market.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey


Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm

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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 to consume your purchases on the spot.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey


Hours: 8am-6pm, closed Mondays

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New Star Fish Market

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New Star Fish Market offers a good selection of seafood at reasonable prices. The selection is not as wide as you might expect a few blocks to the west in Chinatown, but the family-owned business emphasizes friendly customer service. Shrimp, clams and mussels are usually a good bet.   If you ask, they’ll give you honest guidance on the best bets on any given day.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey


Hours: 8am-6pm

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Luis Meat Market

Luis Meat Market, Essex Street Market.

Luis Meat Market, Essex Street Market.

Luis Rodriguez sells a wide variety of meats in his butcher shop at the Essex Street Market, including inexpensive everyday cuts of beef, pork and poultry as well as more unusual offerings such as rabbit, goat and oxtail.

120 Essex Street


Hours 8am-6pm

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Sweet Life

Established in 1982, this small Hester Street candy shop feels like the old Lower East Side. Their motto: “anything can be dipped in chocolate.”

63 Hester, at Ludlow


Hours:  Mon-Fri, 10am-6:30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm

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Streit’s Matzo

At the Streit’s Matzo factory on Rivington Street, a small retail store offers a full line of products, including matzo, matzo ball soup mix, gefilte fish, etc. As an extra bonus, you can catch a glimpse of the matzo bakers next door.

148-154 Rivington, at Suffolk


Hours Mon-Thu, 9am-4:30pm; Fri-Sun, closed

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Saxelby Cheesemongers

Anne Saxelby’s tiny stall at the Essex Street Market celebrates cheese and other dairy products from the region. Always ready with a suggestion for every taste an occasion, she also stocks eggs, milk, a line of handmade tortillas and freshly baked bread.  Also, Saxelby and company will be happy to make you a cheese sandwich on the spot.

120 Essex Street


Hours 9am-7pm

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Russ & Daughters

Perhaps the Lower East Side’s most revered food institution, appetizing store Russ & Daughters has been in business since 1914. Today a new generation of the Russ family sells a wide variety of smoked salmon, sturgeon, herring, sable, etc. There’s also an extensive caviar selection, dried fruits and nuts and coffees.   The artisans behind the counter will probably give you a little taste of lox as they’re carving away.

179 East Houston, near Orchard


Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 8am-53opm; Free delivery 9am-4pm

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Roni Sue’s Chocolates

Chocolate covered bacon! Need we say more? Roni Sue Kave creates a wide range of interesting chocolate-based morsels in her shop at the Essex Street Market.

120 Essex Street, near Delancey


Hours 11am-7pm

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Pizza a Casa

Mark Bello says he can teach anyone how to make perfect pizzas at home, from scratch. Individuals can attend regularly scheduled pizza workshops or you can book a private event for a group (of up to 16 people). The Grand Street shop also stocks a full line of pizza making tools and accessories.

371 Grand Street, near Norfolk


Weekly workshops:  Thursdays: 6:30pm to 10:30pm; Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 4:00pm; Sundays: 12:00 pm to 4:00pm. Store hours: Wednesday-Sunday noon-5pm.

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Pickle Guys

The only kosher pickle store in the former “pickle district,” Alan Kaufman’s small shop has it all: new pickles, sour, half sour — plus picked tomatoes, olives, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You can pick up a snack to much on your way down Essex Street or order a variety of platters for large gatherings.

49 Essex, near Grand


Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, closed

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Kossar’s Bialys

Kossar’s is the oldest bialy bakery in this country — in business since 1934.  Closed for Shabbas, the shop opens after sunset on Saturdays to catch up — and keeps the ovens running late into the night. No charge for the surely service.

367 Grand, near Essex


Hours Sun-Thu, 6am-8pm; Fri, 6am-3pm; Sat. closed until after sunset

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