Like the sign inside says, Carmine Morales has been "serving real Lower East Siders since 1976." The Classic Coffee Shop is only open weekdays. The menu is super-basic: egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, pb&j, cold cuts. But the price is...
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,...
A little bit of Oaxaca comes to the Lower East Side. The three-story restaurant, bar and cultural center features, as you probably guessed, delicious tequila drinks, a tapas menu and a recently introduced full dinner menu. Are you man/woman...
The tiny Italian spot on Clinton Street features seasonal ingredients (including vegetables from a backyard garden) and a Williamsburg refugee in the kitchen, Brett Ackerman of Diner and Marlow & Sons. Sandwiches and salads for lunch... pan roasted mussels,...
A vegan Chinese restaurant that also prepares dishes without garlic and onion (gasp!). Stay away from the mock meat dishes.
170 Allen, near Stanton
Hours Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed
Chinese, vegan, delivery, lunch
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
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...
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
This Thai restaurant on Orchard Street is part of a Manhattan mini-chain. If you like your food spicy, be sure to tell the waiter. Dishes tend to be on the mild side. No alcohol served.
85 Orchard, near Broome