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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    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

    Other Restaurants in Lower East Side
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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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    Other Restaurants in Lower East Side
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    Wowfulls is a small ice cream shop serving ice cream in egg waffles and lots of toppings. You can also find Wowfulls at Smorgasburg Food Market.

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

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 this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world.


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