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.
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My Favorite Restaurants on the Lower East Side
Blue Ribbon Sushi IzakayaJapanese Restaurant in Lower East SideOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
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.
Double Chicken PleaseBar in Lower East SideOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
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.
Hotel ChantelleRooftop Restaurant in Lower East SideOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
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.
BalvaneraOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Situated at the crossroads of Stanton St and Suffolk, Balvanera offers an Argentinean twist on brunch culture. Serving their brunch food between 11 am and 4:30 pm on weekends, Balvanera’s welcoming ambiance sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.
Encompassing both traditional and innovative, their menu caters to just about anyone. Wanton to know what I order? The Milanesa a Caballo is a taste of Argentina you simply can’t miss – it’s a rich symphony of textures and flavors that might just redefine your brunch expectations. Enjoy your weekend feast in this charming Lower East Side restaurant and get a taste of Argentinean hospitality at its finest.
Beauty & EssexAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Step into the enigmatic Beauty & Essex, located across from Mazaar and Sons of Essex, and you’ll be in for one of the best brunch Lower East Side. But the catch is that they only offer the brunch menu on Sunday morning from 11:30 am to 4 pm.
Beauty & Essex is unique in that it’s hidden behind the facade of a pawn shop. So, prepare to be swept off your feet by the sumptuous decor, from a two-story chandelier and antique perfume bottles to a luxuriously fitted women’s bathroom. They are celebrated for their spectacularly presented Oreo Cookie Pancakes, a unique blend of Oreo crumbs and sweet cream. If pancakes are not your style, opt for the Brunch Pre Fixe and indulge in their Braised Short Rib’ Huevos Rancheros’ – it’s an experience you won’t forget.
BigA BiteItalian Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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!
Casa MezcalMexican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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!
Creperie Lower East SideOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
If you’ve ever dreamt of a brunch spot serving over 70 crepe combinations, then Creperie is the place for you. Located near the Ludlow House and open daily from 12:30 pm to 2 am, Creperie is a family-owned and operated restaurant that’s renowned for its unparalleled dedication to perfecting crepes.
From classic Strawberry Banana to inventive Smores, there’s a crepe for every palate. Despite not being like other conventional sit-down brunch restaurants in the Lower East Side, the sheer joy of a well-made crepe can make your day. Try the Goat Cheese Crepe with egg or the classic Strawberry Banana and see for yourself!
DavelleJapanese Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Brunch at Davelle, located between Suffolk Street and Clinton Street, is like finding a hidden treasure in the vibrant cityscape. Open for brunch from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and from 9 am on weekends, it’s where the city meets the serene charm of a Japanese coffeehouse.
As for the star of the show – the food – let’s just say you’re in for a treat. Their Shokupan French Toast served with seasonal fruits and whipped cream, is absolutely mouthwatering. It’s like a little symphony of sweetness that dances on your tongue! Or if you’re in the mood for something a bit more savory, you cannot go wrong with a plate of Davelle’s signature curry. Trust me on this one; you’ll be raving about Davelle’s brunch long after the last bite.
DhamakaOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
One of the hottest spots on the Lower East Side is Dhamaka. If your date is a foodie and you want to impress him or her, you should definitely check it out. Unapologetic Indian is the motto of Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar, hitting the taste of New Yorkers and restaurant critics alike.
Dhamaka includes a multi-award winning restaurant and bar, both creatively and beautifully designed. For me it is one of the most beautiful romantic restaurants in New York!
Dinner on LudlowAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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.
Dirty FrenchFrench Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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.
Dudley'sOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Just two blocks from the International Center of Photography Museum, Dudley’s is an Aussie brunch restaurant that is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. As a neighborhood staple since 2012, it does a great job encapsulating the vibe of an Australian pub-and-bistro. In fact, a visit to Dudley’s feels like catching up with an old friend.
When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong with the Ricotta Pancakes. Paired with honeycomb butter, maple syrup, and Nutella, they’re a sweet tooth’s dream come true. Yet, if you’re looking for something a bit heartier, go for the Big Brekkie. It’s a plate of two eggs any style, bacon, mushrooms, grilled halloumi, avocado, roast tomatoes, arugula, and Bourke St bakery sourdough toast. Talk about a satisfying start to your day!
Ernesto'sOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
The last restaurant on our list of the best brunch Lower East Side is none other than Ernesto’s! Now, this is not your average brunch spot. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, because they don’t open until 5 pm, so if you’re looking for a midday brunch, this is not the place. However, for an evening brunch, Ernesto’s is hands down one of the most delicious brunch spots.
Situated just a few blocks away from Pier 36, Ernesto’s brings a taste of the Basque region to East Broadway. This spot offers an array of options from pastries to savory egg breakfast sandwiches and delectable jamón-topped rolls. Here, the Revuelto De Hongos (a soft scramble of eggs, seasonal mushrooms, and potatoes) is not to be missed. Other favorites include the Croquetas de Jamón and the Magret De Pato – a magret duck breast in a decadent port and foie sauce. Though they allow walk-ins, I suggest you make a reservation so you don’t miss out on brunch time at Ernesto’s!
EssexAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Now heading back toward Beauty & Essex, our next brunch Lower East Side restaurant is the famed Essex. They offer an excellent brunch experience every weekend from 11 am to 4:30 pm. When you walk into Essex, it feels like walking into a celebration of New York’s eclectic culinary scene. It’s not just about food here; it’s about the experience, the atmosphere, and of course, the company.
Now, for the menu. Brace yourself for a symphony of flavors. From the Crunchy French Toast with Dulce de Leche and Caramelized Banana to the Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake Benedict, every dish is an ode to the creative spirit of Essex. For a savory kick, you must try their Short Rib Hash with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise. And whatever you do – don’t forget to pair these delights with a signature brunch cocktail or two!
FreemansAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
At the end of Freeman Alley is one of the Lower East Side’s best-kept secrets – Freemans. Open for brunch on weekends from 11 am to 3 pm, it’s just around the corner from Sarah D. Roosevelt Park, making it a perfect place to grab your favorite brunch classics. The rustic cabin-like charm, warm staff, and delicious meals lend a sense of home away from home.
The simple yet satisfying menu will keep you coming back for more. My top recommendation has to be the Hot Artichoke Dip with Crisp Bread, as it’s a delectable starter that sets the tone for the meal to come. For the main course, you can’t go wrong with the sumptuous French Toast, flavorful Shrimp and Grits, juicy Fried Chicken & Waffle, or the authentic New England Lobster Benedict. This brunch destination is definitely a must-try on the Lower East Side.
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Just down from the famed Russ & Daughters cafe, you’ll find the Gugu Room. This Lower East Side restaurant beckons with an enchanting fusion of Filipino-Japanese cuisine, where brunch runs from 1 pm until 4 pm daily.
This izakaya embodies the romance and mystery of an 1888 love affair between a samurai’s daughter and Jose Rizal. As you enter, you’ll find a small menu that cleverly combines the flavors of these two cuisines alongside cocktails with a twist. The Sunday brunch deal? A brunch entree and a drink for just $22. I suggest the silogs or unagi bbq bowls paired with a glass of sangria or mimosa. You won’t be disappointed!
Katz’s DelicatessenAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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.
La Contenta LESMexican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
After a day at the bustling Essex Market, be sure to find La Contenta, a Mexican restaurant that warms the hearts of foodies and West Coast transplants alike. With brunch hours from 12 pm to 4 pm, Thursday to Sunday, it’s the perfect spot to fulfill your cravings for authentic Mexican breakfast.
Dishes like the Mexican Omelette with avocado, pico de gallo, and Swiss cheese will transport your taste buds straight to Mexico. The Huevos Rancheros and Tres Leches French Toast with berry compote and maple butter are also personal favorites. At La Contenta, every dish feels like a celebration of authentic Mexican food. So, why wait? Start exploring!
Pig & ButterAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Located on the same block as Russ and Daughters Cafe, Pig & Butter is a top contender for the best brunch Lower East Side. Serving all-day brunch, they shatter traditional meal-time constraints.
Craving chicken & waffles at 4 pm? No problem! Yearning for a delightful boozy brunch? They’ve got you covered with $20 bottomless mimosas or sangria. And then, the Egg Breakfast Sandwich with bacon and cheese on a delicious brioche bun is just irresistible, perfectly matching the crave-worthy Fried Chicken and Waffle. Pig & Butter offers a dining experience that’s hard to beat, making it a must-visit on any Lower East Side brunch tour.
Pig And KhaoAsian Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Imagine you’re just around the corner from Nathan Stratus Playground, in the heart of the Lower East Side, and your tummy grumbles for some rowdy brunch fun. Enter Pig And Khao! This Southeast Asian restaurant oozes a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for a brunch that could well extend into an afternoon adventure.
Brunch hours run on weekdays from 5 pm, and on weekends it’s a two-part saga, 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm till close. During these times, you’ll enjoy an exciting menu of favorites like green papaya salad, sizzling pork sisig, or the comforting French Toast. Bottomless mimosas? They got you covered for just $21 per person. If you want my recommendation, I suggest you try the Steak and Eggs with the mimosas, and thank me later!
Russ & DaughtersOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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.
Russ & Daughters CafeAmerican Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
If you’re seeking a classic New York brunch with a side of history, you can’t go wrong with Russ & Daughters Cafe. Situated a hop, skip, and a jump from the fascinating Tenement Museum, this iconic eatery opens its doors for brunch from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays and until 3:30 pm on weekends. Originally created to give folks a comfy spot to sit and enjoy their Lox bagels, this cafe has evolved into a landmark that’s as integral to NYC as the skyline.
Now, onto the best part – the food. This is no place for restraint, my friend! Be sure to try the Lox, Eggs, & Onions scramble served on Shissel Rye – it’s divine. Alternatively, The Classic – Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon on a bagel, bialy, shissel rye, or pumpernickel, served with tomato, onion, cream cheese, and capers – is an homage to the cafe’s roots and simply unbeatable. Here’s to brunching like a true New Yorker!
Sel RroseOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Close to the Hua Mei Bird Garden, Sel Rrose is an oyster bar that serves one of the most original brunches in the Lower East Side. Available only on Sundays from 2 to 5 pm, this unique spot offers a small menu that is delectable and features fresh, tasty cuisine to start your day.
But the star of the show is their bottomless brunch, which boasts an option of espresso martinis alongside mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys. Beginning from 3 pm until 7 pm, the food is served alongside a drag show. And when it comes to food, I always recommend the Chicken Liver Paté and, of course, the fresh oysters.
Serafina LudlowItalian Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
If you have ever visited Creperie on Rivington St, then you may have noticed Serafina. This is arguably one of the best brunch Lower East Side restaurants. And it stands as a testament to two friends’ love for great food that they dreamt up during a life-changing sea adventure. This restaurant serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. So, if you’re in the mood for a familiar brunch menu with an exciting twist, which is pasta, then this is the place for you!
Picture yourself diving into a plate of Cacio e Pepe or Spicy Penne Ala Vodka as your first meal of the day – I’m drooling just thinking about it! Now, if you’re craving a boozy brunch, they’ve got you covered with an hour and a half of merriment for $35 or three hours for $70. My personal picks? The Avocado Toast with a poached egg on top and the Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce. Oh, and don’t forget the Steak & Eggs – it’s a weekend classic!
Set L.E.S.Other Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Set LES, which is also near Beastie Boys Square, takes brunch up a notch with its creative pub-style menu featuring an Asian flair. The brunch, available on weekends from 12 pm to 4 pm, is a fun-filled feast in a relaxed atmosphere.
Their bottomless brunch for $45 is a no-brainer. It includes an entree or the SET special with fries and 90 minutes of bottomless drinks. I suggest the Avocado Toast with Guacamole Spread, Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, and Balsamic Vinaigrette, and add a poached egg for good measure. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on the Ube Mochi Pancakes, which are drizzled with coconut milk and served with fresh fruit.
SonnyboyOther Restaurants in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
If you find yourself near the corner of Rivington and Allen Street, then you’re in luck because that’s where you’ll discover Sonnyboy, an Australian brunch restaurant. Offering a brunch menu from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Sunday, this eatery stands out with its laid-back vibe and innovative menu.
The Breakfast Burrito, filled with scrambled egg, bacon bits, crispy potato, and more, is an absolute winner. If you’re a fan of sandwiches, then the Fried Chicken Sandwich with shaved cabbage, pickles, and spicy mustard mayo on a sesame bun will make your day. But my fellow sweet-toothed brunch goers should not despair – their selection of teas perfectly complements the Ricotta Cheese Hotcakes or the Burrata & Fig Toast. And if you do visit Sonnyboy, be sure to request outdoor seating!
WaylaAsian Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Tucked away near the Grand Street Subway Station, Wayla offers one of the best brunch Lower East Side. This restaurant offers a Thai diner-style brunch retreat that’s truly hard to beat. Serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, it’s a quiet and relaxing spot you don’t want to miss.
Wayla, meaning “time” in Thai, encourages you to press pause on your busy day and indulge in their delectable, homestyle Thai dishes. The food here is crafted with a green market approach and mirrors the fresh and diverse offerings found in Bangkok markets. So, what do I suggest? Well, my personal favorite is the Thai Crab Omelette topped with Thai basil, complemented by a side of crispy roasted potatoes. However, I never leave without indulging in a bit of Mango Mousse – if you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out!
Yo+ShokuJapanese Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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
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