Lower East Side
The Lower East Side is the area in downtown Manhattan spanning from the East River west to the Bowery, and from Houston Street down to Canal Street. The neighborhood is truly one of the most diverse in the city, with people of all professions and ethnicities calling the area home. Because of this eclectic mix of residents, the Lower East Side, also referred to as the LES, is one of the friendliest and most welcoming neighborhoods in New York. Rich in history yet also embracing revitalization, the LES is one of the only places where you will find small, years-old shops along the same streets as chic boutiques and trendy restaurants. With a culture all its own, everyone will find a place they’ll love in this fun, funky neighborhood. New, luxury high-rises are being built in the area, and old brownstones, refurbished lofts, and cozy apartments are also an option, allowing for everyone to be able to find their perfect residence on the Lower East Side. With such a unique mix of old and new, the LES offers a piece of historic Manhattan while still also providing a modern and trendy vibe.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
The Lower East Side has every dining option imaginable, from old ethnic favorites to new, upscale restaurants. For good seafood, try Bondi Road (153 Rivington), while for genuine Chinese cuisine in a hip locale, go to Congee (98 Bowery). Authentic Mexican food can be found at Festival Mexicano Restaurant (120 Rivington Street), and Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E. Houston Street) is the oldest deli in the city.
Rich in culture and history, the LES has plenty of things to do and see. Many landmarks surviving from the Jewish influence on the LES are worth a visit, including Katz’s Deli, the historic AngelOrensanzCenter and Synagogue, and the Education Alliance Settlement House. The Bowery Ballroom offers great concerts and live music, and the Lower East SideTenementMuseum is an important historic landmark. There are also many art galleries in the neighborhood. SewardPark on Essex Street as well as the East RiverPark along the FDR Drive offer green space, running tracks, and playgrounds in the area.
For more information on art galleries on the LES: http://art-collecting.com/galleries_ny.htm
Travelling from the Lower East Side to the rest of Manhattan is extremely easy with the many transportation methods available. The F and V trains travel to Second Avenue, while the F, J, M, and Z trains stop at Delancey, and the B and D trains go to Grand Street. The FDR Drive marks the eastern edge of the neighborhood, allowing for easy access out of the city, and Canal Street, the southern mark of the area, is a major transportation hub as well, with the N, Q, R, W, A, C, E, and 1 trains stopping there.
Many schools can be found on the Lower East Side, including BardHighSchoolEarlyCollege, PaceHigh School, and East SideCommunitySchool. Among the public schools in the area are P.S. 20, P.S. 15, P.S. 124, P.S. 364, M.S. 292, and I.S. 95.
The Lower East Side has an excellent nightlife to boast of, with tons of bars and clubs that always prove to be a good time. The Back Room (102 Norfolk Street) is a glamorous bar with a hidden entrance, giving it a speak-easy vibe, while The Delancey (169 Delancey Street) is a good nightclub to try. For a great sports bar, check out Max Fish (178 Ludlow Street) and Pianos (158 Ludlow Street) offers live music and bands.
Hundreds of boutiques and old shops are scattered throughout the Lower East Side. Excellent leather shops, trading shops, and ethnic markets can be found in the neighborhood, and the many offerings of Canal Street’s stands and the designer stores of SoHo are easily accessible.
Other restaurants on the LES:
- Dim Sum Go Go (5 E. Broadway)- $$- Chinese
- Georgia’s Eastside BBQ (192 Orchard Street)- $$- BBQ
- Les Enfants Terribles (37 Canal Street)- $$- African
- Mangiami (9 Stanton Street)- $$- Italian
- Oliva (161 E. Houston Street)- $$- Seafood, Tapas
- Rayuela (165 Allen Street)- $$$- Latin American
- San Marzano (71 Clinton Street)- $- Pizza
- Shang (187 Orchard Street)- $$$- Chinese
- Thor (107 Rivington Street)- $$$- American
- Zucco: Le French Diner (188 Orchard Street)- $$- French
For more restaurants on the LES, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars on the LES:
- Arlene Grocery (95 Stanton Street)- Bar
- Barramundi (67 Clinton Street)- Neighborhood Favorite, Bar
- BEast (171 E. Broadway)- Lounge
- BLVD (199 Bowery)- Nightclub
- bOb (235 Eldridge Street)- Lounge/Bar
- Milk & Honey (134 Eldridge Street)- Lounge
- Stanton Public (17 Stanton Street)- Dive Bar
- Tapeo29 (29 Clinton Street)- Tapas Bar
- Verlaine (110 Rivington Street)- Lounge
- The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex)- Classic Saloon
For more bars on the LES, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- Ludlow Exercise Studio (100 Delancey Street)
- Iron and Silk Fitness (155 E. 3rd Street)
- Seahorse Fitness (69 Columbia Street)
- Professional Fitness (18 Avenue B)
- Special Touch Valet Cleaners (405 Grand Street and 559 Grand Street)
- Orchard Cleaners & Laundromat (28 Orchard Street)
- Legacy Garment Care (43 Clinton Street)
- Kapri Cleaners (250 E. Houston Street)
- Wing Tak Liquor Inc. (101 Allen Street)
- Jade Fountain Liquor Corp. (123 Delancey Street