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Mangiami

Cozy Italian wine bar with traditional pastas and seafood. 9 Stanton St., near Bowery 212-477-7047 Open Sun-Wed, noon-11pm; Thu, noon-11:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Menu

Classic Coffee Shop

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...

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,...

Casa Mezcal

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...

Fatta Cuckoo

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,...

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

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...

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

Sticky Rice

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 212-274-8208 ...
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