The 9 Best Restaurants on the Lower East Side Right Now

Are you looking for the best Lower East Side restaurants? Then you’ve come to the right place – because I’ll show you the hippest and most authentic places where New Yorkers hang out. The choice of restaurants in New York’s Lower East Side is huge – so there’s bound to be something for you! After all, it’s one of the neighborhoods in Manhattan known for its variety of bars and restaurants.

To help you quickly and easily see which spot is near you, find all Lower East Side restaurants on an interactive map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Restaurants on the Lower East Side

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    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Japanese Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese-style tavern and a traditional sushi bar with a fine dining experience. This spot is all about bonding together at a fun place to drink with delicious food selections. From small plate options to family-style platters, Blue Ribbon has got you covered. The location of this Lower East Side restaurant is also beautiful and convenient if you want to jump right into the East Village. 

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    Double Chicken Please

    Bar in Lower East Side
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    The Double Chicken Please is a cocktail bar & restaurant in the Lower East Side and definitely worth a visit. The cocktails are incredibly tasty, creative and you’ll love the atmosphere too. Their specialty is cocktails that are inspired by dishes – so there are cocktails like Cold Pizza, Key Lime Pie or Japanese Cold Noodle.

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    Hotel Chantelle

    Rooftop Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Hotel Chantelle is a 3-level bar where the music is surely to make you move. In the basement you’ll typically find a crowded and dimly lit dance floor where everyone is there to have fun. The second floor is another dance floor filled with people and private tables for those with big groups of people. The third floor is a little calmer. Here you’ll find another bar that’s filled with couches to lounge on. 

    We recommend getting to the Hotel Chantelle before 11pm to avoid long lines.

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    BigA Bite

    Italian Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    As the name suggests, there are big pizzas here. They can be up to 8 feet long – so BigA Bite is a great experience especially for groups (or for families with big appetites). The pizza dough is very fluffy, tasty and you have a great choice of toppings. Be sure to try the Pizziri to start beforehand. Or the Spicy Burrata!

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    Casa Mezcal

    Mexican Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Casa Mezcal is – as the name suggests – a mezcal bar in New York, more precisely in the Lower East Side. Both from the outside and inside, Casa Mezcal shows the Mexican joie de vivre: everything is colorful and the bar is beautifully decorated. There is a huge selection of mezcals and the atmosphere is just great!

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    Dinner on Ludlow

    American Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    If you are looking for a nice dinner location with really good food, then have a look here. The atmosphere is pleasant – the interior with the old wood, the huge chandeliers and modern influences do the rest. The restaurant is one of the most popular in the area. Try steak tartar, mussels or lamb ribs. They are known for these three starters. It’s best to book in advance.

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    Dirty French

    French Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Dirty French is a French bistro created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick located inside The Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side. It’s a really great location for a romantic dinner in the city.

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    Katz’s Delicatessen

    American Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    An absolute institution in New York is the Katz’s Delicatessen Restaurant in Manhattan, founded in 1888. Cineastes will immediately think of the film scene with Sally’s fake orgasm during “Harry and Sally”. And what should we say? Those were really the best sandwiches (we tested corner beef and pastrami) we ever had.

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    Russ & Daughters

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    Russ & Daughters has been serving the best bagels in town for more than 100 years. Be sure to try them with the smoked fish platter – you’ll be delighted.

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    Yo+Shoku

    Japanese Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Yo+Shoku was previously called Tzarevna and was one of the most well-known Russian restaurants. The owners are the couple Ricky and Mariia Dolinsky, who have their roots in Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan. 

    With the new concept at Yo+Shoku, they present a very unique fusion cuisine coming from these three countries. So you can be excited about dishes like Borsch Curry Udon and Duck Breast Katsu!

The Best Restaurants on the Lower East Side on the Map

A map with all restaurants on the Lower East Side can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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