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Zucco

Zucco passed away in early 2010 but his charming little diner on Orchard Street lives on. All the classics are here: steak in a red wine sauce, duck confit, salad nicoise, onion soup, etc. There's a single table outside...

Spitzer’s Corner

Open to the street on two sides, featuring a big beer menu and serving up surprisingly decent "gastropub" fare, this place is one of the neighborhood's most popular nightlife destinations.  Go for lunch or happy hour to avoid the...

Soy

Japanese home cooking in a tiny spot on Suffolk Street. The menu includes tofu-based dishes and miso soup, but this is not strictly a vegetarian restaurant. There's a casserole dish, for example, made with beef and potatoes. 102 Suffolk, near...

Shopsin’s

Chief Curmudgeon Kenny Shopsin serves up a few hundred (no, that's not a typo) wacky items in his little corner of the Essex Market. Ignore his profane rants and occasional temper tantrums while slurping down one of 54 "made...

Sheng Wang

At this spartan, subterranean spot, handmade wheat noodles are served with a choice of 20 or so toppings (chopped pork bones, duck, ox tail, etc). For English only speakers, ordering here is a bit of a challenge. Some think...

Pulino’s

Keith McNally's  (Balthazar, Schiller's, etc) take on a Roman pizzeria and trattoria. The wood-fired oven produces slightly charred thin crust pies, featuring a lot of interesting toppings. Also on the menu: several antipasti platters and other entrees (roasted fish,...

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...

San Marzano

A brick oven produces crispy, thin crust pizza at this spot on the corner of Clinton and Rivington. San Marzano takes a lot of pride in sourcing high quality toppings. 71 Clinton, at Rivington 212-228-5060 ...

Sixth Ward

A sometimes rowdy Irish theme bar with a fairly substantial menu (burgers, pizza, wings, etc), a large patio in the back and a few pool tables. 191 Orchard, near Houston 212-228-9888 Hours Mon-Fri, noon-4am; Sat-Sun, 11am-4am Web site

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...
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