Only on the Lower East Side | New York City
This guide features some of the most unique spots on the Lower East Side so you can really get to know the unique character of the neighborhood and experience the best of what it offers that is distinctly New York.
Clinton St. Baking Company
$$ | American restaurant especially known for its very popular weekend brunch & its pancakes.
4 Clinton St, New York City, NY 10002
Start your morning off right with a visit to the Clinton St. Baking Company. Hands down one of the best breakfasts in New York City so be thankful you are nearby and snag a table before it gets too crowded. The accolades “best pancakes” according to New York Magazine are warranted. It’s a delicious place and a very chill no frills space. Perfect for mornings!
$13 Adults, $11 Students | 1863 preserved tenement building brings Lower East Side immigrant stories to life with guided tours.
Open 10AM-6:30PM everyday
103 Orchard St, New York City, NY 10002
The Tenement Museum is consistently highlighted as one of the more unique museums in the city. The mission is to celebrate the stories of immigrants that came to the United States including the many that settled in New York City and particularly on the Lower East Side. The museum offers tours of apartments that have been preserved and staged to represent different time periods and experiences.
Additionally the museum also offers neighborhood walking tours. If you love history and love the feeling of stepping into the past they offer a great experience.
Tours do book up so if you’re interested I’d suggest picking out the day and time and reserving some tickets ahead of time. You can do so here: https://www.tenement.org/tours/
$ | Since 1937 this shop has been stocking all types of candy, nuts & dried fruit from floor-to-ceiling.
108 Rivington St, New York City, NY 10002
If you are in need of a little afternoon pick-me-up or at the very least a nice distraction for the family head to Economy Candy. It’s an old school candy emporium. Emporium is really the only word to accurately describe it because of it’s massive selection as well as the very antiquated nature of a physical shop in Manhattan dedicated to items that cost 10 cents.
It’s a gem.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
$$ | David Chang's Asian-accented American fare comes with an open kitchen, spare decor & dinner crowds.
171 1st Avenue, New York City, NY 10003
If terms like ‘spicy beef ramen’, ‘sausage buns’ and ‘roasted shiitake’ make your mouth water then Momofuku is the spot for you. There are many restaurants under the Momofuku name now scattered around Manhattan but the noodle bar in the East Village is simple and delicious.
Also, if you are a lover of fried chicken the noodle bar offers a special meal that required a little advanced planning. Fried chicken is Noodle Bar’s large format meal. It feeds 4-8 people. The meal includes two whole fried chickens, one southern style and one Korean style, and it comes with mu shu pancakes, baby carrots, red ball radishes, bibb lettuce, four sauces, and an herb basket. Guests are encouraged to eat as they please, from making wraps with the pancakes to eating the chicken straight-up. The southern style chicken is fried with buttermilk and spices. The Korean style chicken is triple fried and served with a light spicy glaze. More details here: https://momofukunoodlebar.com/east-village/menu/fried-chicken/
Abrons Arts Center or Theatre 80 on St. Marks
Progressive performing & visual arts venue featuring classes & noteworthy names in many disciplines.
466 Grand St, New York City, NY 10002
The Abrons Art Center offers are number of amazing shows and performances throughout the year. During the month of April, Caryl Churchill's play A Number is showing. The play is about a son who con confronts his father with the terrifying reality that he is a clone – one of a number of genetically identical copies, made somewhere, by someone, for what reasons he does not know. You can find more details here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10375097
If you are looking for some entertainment that is even more kid centric you can checkout Sam Eaton's The Quantum Eye - Mentalism and Magic. The show is an entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, where extraordinary ability and humor blend with audience participation to make for a unique performance every time. The show is performing at a theater in the East Village. You can find more details here: http://thequantumeye.com/
$$ | No-frills deli serving mile-high sandwiches since 1888
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (near Ludlow)
If you are still hungry for a little late night bite after a performance, checkout Katz’s. It’s one of the last remaining old school New York Deli’s serving up amazing corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. You have to pay by ordering tickets at the front. It’s both annoying and charming but that’s New York and that’s Katz’s.