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Best American Restaurants in Lower East Side

Sons of EssexSons of Essex
(629)
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan
FarmhouseFarmhouse
(92)
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan
Gunter Seeger NY - Chef's TableGunter Seeger NY - Chef's Table
(18)
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American | Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Momofuku Ko - Counter SeatingMomofuku Ko - Counter Seating
(255)
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American | East Village, Manhattan
Gramercy TavernGramercy Tavern
(7159)
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American | Gramercy / Flatiron, Manhattan
Blue HillBlue Hill
(2953)
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American | West Village, Manhattan
Momofuku Ko - Table SeatingMomofuku Ko - Table Seating
(30)
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American | East Village, Manhattan
The Little OwlThe Little Owl
(1963)
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American | Greenwich Village, Manhattan
The Polo BarThe Polo Bar
(251)
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American | Midtown East, Manhattan
Günter Seeger NYGünter Seeger NY
(199)
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American | Meatpacking District, Manhattan
The Crosby BarThe Crosby Bar
(231)
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American | SoHo, Manhattan
Freds Downtown at Barneys New YorkFreds Downtown at Barneys New York
(84)
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American | Chelsea, Manhattan
BlackTailBlackTail
(172)
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American | Battery Park, Manhattan
Aretsky's PatroonAretsky's Patroon
(866)
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American | Midtown East, Manhattan
CookshopCookshop
(4662)
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American | Chelsea, Manhattan

Best Italian Restaurants in Lower East Side

Bar PrimiBar Primi
(723)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
Taverna Di BaccoTaverna Di Bacco
(210)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
BacaroBacaro
(479)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
TreTre
(392)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
SauceSauce
(589)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
Louie and ChanLouie and Chan
(90)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
Serafina- LudlowSerafina- Ludlow
(24)
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan
LArtusiLArtusi
(1875)
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Italian | West Village, Manhattan
Del PostoDel Posto
(6300)
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Italian | Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Il TinelloIl Tinello
(922)
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Italian | Midtown West, Manhattan
SistinaSistina
(322)
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Italian | Upper East Side, Manhattan
MareaMarea
(6622)
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Italian | Midtown West, Manhattan
Sant Ambroeus - Madison AvenueSant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue
(440)
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Italian | Upper East Side, Manhattan
Erminia RistoranteErminia Ristorante
(893)
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Italian | Upper East Side, Manhattan
Il Mulino New York - DowntownIl Mulino New York - Downtown
(799)
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Italian | Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Scalini FedeliScalini Fedeli
(2135)
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Italian | TriBeCa - Downtown, Manhattan
MarconyMarcony
(741)
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Italian | Murray Hill, Manhattan
Vic'sVic's
(780)
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Italian | NoHo, Manhattan
CampagnolaCampagnola
(121)
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Italian | Upper East Side, Manhattan
da Umbertoda Umberto
(561)
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Italian | Chelsea, Manhattan
Sant Ambroeus - West VillageSant Ambroeus - West Village
(481)
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Italian | West Village, Manhattan
LavagnaLavagna
(969)
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Italian | East Village, Manhattan

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Lower East Side Restaurants

The Ten BellsThe Ten Bells
24 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

My entire party of 10 people was late by 30-40 minutes (some even later) which is often the breaking point for any restaurant! I received nothing but kindness and patience from Ten Bells though. The service was impeccable in this regard. More

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Gentleman FarmerGentleman Farmer
583 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Fantastic, delicious, and interesting food. The place is tiny but has great atmosphere. Very courteous service. Perfect for intimate dates! More

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AzasuAzasu
20 reviews
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Japanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The sumo hotpot is really tasty and the atmosphere is relaxing. Also, it is very healthy with lots of veggies in the pot. However, I don't think the portion is that large. It was not enough when we ordered 2-people pot for 2 people. More

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Speedy RomeoSpeedy Romeo
120 reviews
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Pizzeria | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Excellent every time. Essentially all wood grilled (including cooked veg, even stuffed long peppers), outstanding steaks, pizzas. And in spite of our intended discipline, we seem always to order the ever-heavenly King Salami pizza. Service quick, efficient, friendly and highly competent. Can sit at counter overlooking kitchen, production, oven and grill which is its own symphony in a small space. More

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Ivan RamenIvan Ramen
1051 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Simply awesome! Our server, Elmer was great! Thank you! More

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NogaNoga
5 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

This was our second visit. Loved Noga the first time, and the second visit didn't disappoint. The dishes are creative, without being pretentious. The flavors are complex, and most dishes are focused on the use of healthy ingredients. Every dish looks like a painting on a plate. It's almost a shame to eat it (but only almost!). There is now a bar that is serving an interesting array of cocktails, plus wine, spirits, etc. The service is warm and appropriately attentive without being obtrusive. Highly recommend, and the evolving Lower Eastside neighborhood is fun to walk around before or after. More

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BalvaneraBalvanera
195 reviews
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Argentinean | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Chill vibe, not too crowded, delicious well priced food More

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Bar PrimiBar Primi
723 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Excellent. Friendly and delicious. More

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YopparaiYopparai
257 reviews
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Japanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Everything was excellent, from the service to the food. The only drawback is that I wasn't full after a $200 bill (between two people). If you go without budget constraints, this isn't really a problem- just go expecting to order several items. More

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Boulton and WattBoulton and Watt
324 reviews
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Comfort Food | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Been here multiple times, always love my service. I think today was an exception, but our waitress was leaving and didn’t care for our table. This resulted in us being completely ignored and having to go to the bar to have the lovely bartender, Sean (or Shawn?), help us out. Will continue to go back, but hope to not have this poor service again. Be back next Sunday! More

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Dirt CandyDirt Candy
1990 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Had to make a reservation very far in advance but it was well worth it. Amazing food, great service. I'm still in a food coma. More

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ClanceyClancey
46 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great food, great staff, had an amazing Sunday brunch here! More

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SakaMaiSakaMai
330 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Wonderful just wonderful. More

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Taverna Di BaccoTaverna Di Bacco
210 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great service and food. Chef came by table, very nice and attentive staff. Nice Italian rose option. Fresh pasta! We will be back - steps from hotel Indigo lower east side. More

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Sel RroseSel Rrose
131 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The team was so accommodating. We had a baby with us and they made sure that we had a place that would be appropriate for that. More

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Pig and KhaoPig and Khao
902 reviews
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Southeast Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Very pleasurable, waiters are attentive and the food is great as always. Great ambiance and hospitality. More

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Beauty & Essex- New YorkBeauty & Essex- New York
5170 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

We had a wonderful dinner here! The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely! We highly recommend this restaurant! More

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Pizza Beach LESPizza Beach LES
125 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Thank you for making my birthday dinner so great! The staff was all really nice and the room was really cute 😊. More

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Blue Ribbon Sushi IzakayaBlue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
404 reviews
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Japanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The sushi is superb, beautifully prepared and presented. The waitstaff is extremely helpful and educated. Our server explained to us the practice of drinking sake from wooden boxes and was very knowledgeable about recommending different sakes to us. The omakase and the blue ribbon special sushi platter are beautiful expressions of what is exciting to the chef and therefore to us. The price is what I would expect to pay for excellent sushi, so it's not an everyday place for me. It's something for special occasions. More

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Tijuana PicnicTijuana Picnic
90 reviews
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Mexican | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Went here for a birthday and it was a good choice for a special occasion. The service was meh but the food and cocktails were really good. We got a bunch of small dishes to share. The fish tacos and ceviche were fantastic! More

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Souvlaki GR - LESSouvlaki GR - LES
178 reviews
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Greek | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The staff was extremely friendly! The ambiance and food was incredible, made you feel like were in an island in Greece💙 More

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LENALENA
19 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

No soda or coffee was the only flaw. Kind service, no rush on a Sunday night. Very nice ambience, good place for creative conversation More

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The Metrograph CommissaryThe Metrograph Commissary
27 reviews
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The overall experience was wonderful. More

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SenyaSenya
107 reviews
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Japanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

It’s a hidden gem. Fantastic food. More

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The Stanton SocialThe Stanton Social
5074 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

We loved our experience at Stanton Social, the food was really good, very good service and nice ambiance! More

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Sons of EssexSons of Essex
629 reviews
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

I loved Sons of Essex. Ive been there a few times and this time decided to bring my two best friends. They both LOVED THE FOOD! The music was great as always. The waitress seem to rush us a little but we were too busy enjoying our food and the ambiance and didnt let that distract us from having a good time and enjoying the food. More

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Serafina- LudlowSerafina- Ludlow
24 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

It was such a nice cozy night with the nor’easter happening. More

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The BoilThe Boil
229 reviews
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Seafood | Lower East Side, Manhattan

I loved the staff! Very funny and very down to earth! And the food was AMAZING! More

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Spaghetti IncidentSpaghetti Incident
16 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The food was so well done and delicious! We loved being given a mug of grated Parmesan to douse our pasta with at our pleasure. The prices were reasonable given the quality. More

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SauceSauce
589 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good food! We had the meatballs as an appetizer, would give a 9/10! Chicken Milanese was really good for the NYC price of $21 More

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CHARRUACHARRUA
24 reviews
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Latin American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Very romantic More

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Les Enfants de BohemeLes Enfants de Boheme
91 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great food, great atmosphere! The specials are always worth trying! More

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VandalVandal
1682 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Awesome to enjoy a night out with family and friends. Special occasions will be super awesome More

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Dirty FrenchDirty French
843 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Simply amazing!!! PURE SATISFACTION! More

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Hotel ChantelleHotel Chantelle
791 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

This place is amazing for Sunday brunches. Greet service and food. More

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Lil' GemLil' Gem
10 reviews
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Lebanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Lil' gem turned out to be our hidden gem. The restaurant welcomed us with open arms and was immediately warm and inviting. Gabriel makes incredible cocktails which we all enjoyed. They were all very creative especially the arak and roll. ... delicious. We shared all of the dishes among three of us. We loved everything. The flavors were all complex and different than other Mediterranean restaurants that we've been to. The salmon tartare and quinoa was amazing. The flavors were exceptional. The b abbaganoush and the red pepper dip were great. They even accommodated the gluten free diner gladly bringing out a gluten free alternative. Melissa the chef/owner has created a wonderful atmosphere serving delicious food. You won't be disappointed. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience. More

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CataCata
252 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Foods are amazing and the setting is great. A bit pricy and the portion is a bit small. More

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Los FelizLos Feliz
58 reviews
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Mexican | Lower East Side, Manhattan

we went for my boyfriend's birthday, and I've also been there in the past for birthdays. we had a large group of 12, and we were still able to order off the regular menu (and also a prefixe option + open bar deal). Most restaurants require the prefixe for larger groups, which can be challenging given everyone's different taste. we just did some apps/entrée/margarita pitchers and it ended up being a good deal for dinner still the environment is great & fun - we always request the basement seating and the later reservations...los feliz is fun at night so it's a great place to finish dinner then head to the bar More

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BacaroBacaro
479 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Super cool, friendly, warm with a interesting decor. Highly recommend! More

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MezettoMezetto
377 reviews
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Mediterranean | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great waiters! More

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The MasalaWalaThe MasalaWala
157 reviews
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Indian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The food was really good and the service was excellent. There was a wait so I’m glad I made a reservation. The owner came over several times to make sure the food was okay and asked if there was anything we needed. We’d definitely go back! More

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Rabbit HouseRabbit House
42 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Lower East Side, Manhattan

good food and drink, small but friendly More

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TreTre
392 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Love this little brunch spot! More

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Sorbillo PizzeriaSorbillo Pizzeria
90 reviews
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Pizzeria | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Excellent pizza, like in Napoli. More

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Louie and ChanLouie and Chan
90 reviews
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Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

What a delightful discovery! Great service, paired with delicious Italian! Food was prepared quickly, but still artistically and super tasty! Service was attentive, polite and efficient. More

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Public KitchenPublic Kitchen
228 reviews
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Global, International | Lower East Side, Manhattan

The food presentation and quality was outstanding together with the food service which was not rushed..The cocktail bar selection great as was the service would highly recommend. More

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Butcher Bar - LESButcher Bar - LES
69 reviews
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Barbecue | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Love the Meat Candy. Great BBQ. Awesome selection of whiskey and bourbon and great beer selection. Love the Save the Robots IPA. More

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Casa MezcalCasa Mezcal
135 reviews
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Regional Mexican | Lower East Side, Manhattan

great food, thoughtful and intentional service! would go back in a heartbeat. cocktails were great too. More

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Grey LadyGrey Lady
72 reviews
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Seafood | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Lovely food and friendly helpful staff. Had the Lobster Roll - 5 stars! More

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JadisJadis
13 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Had a very nice evening, food was good needed a little seasoning. With a little salt the mushroom risotto was delicious! More

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Rizzo's Fine Pizza Co. Beer & Wine BarRizzo's Fine Pizza Co. Beer & Wine Bar
47 reviews
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Pizzeria | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great food, excellent service always a great experience. More

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EssexEssex
2116 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Noise from the bar travels up to the dining areas, making it a bit hard to converse. Drinks were reasonably priced ($12 for a cocktail). Manchego mac n cheese and the fries were the best parts of the meal. The kale salad had a nice lemony dressing. More

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Cafe MediCafe Medi
114 reviews
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Mediterranean | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Cafe Medi is a beautiful space with a relaxed atmosphere. More

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FarmhouseFarmhouse
92 reviews
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great food and great service More

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Doka SquareDoka Square
47 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Went for a party, service was great and food was excellent I would highly recommend! More

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Ms YooMs Yoo
22 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Lower East Side, Manhattan

omg loved it. More

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MayahuelMayahuel
57 reviews
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Mexican | Lower East Side, Manhattan

I am going to miss this spot, what a wonderful restaurant. The drinks were inventive and delish, the food shared that luster. So sad to see them close. More

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Better DaysBetter Days
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Tapas / Small Plates | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Better Days is a cocktail bar serving tapas, small plates and comfort food by our chef Ingrid Roettele from Café Select.

We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 3 am and serve food from 8pm to 2am. We only take reservations until 11:30pm.

We also have a Karaoke Room and a events room for birthday parties and private events.

For private dining, events etc please email your request to info@betterdays-nyc.com
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New York Sushi KoNew York Sushi Ko
21 reviews
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Sushi | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Absolutley Incredible. That's all I can say. A place like this must be experienced to understand. Thank you again Chef and all your staff for an incredible expirence and an even more incredible meal. More

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The WhalesThe Whales
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Gastro Pub | Lower East Side, Manhattan

servin' it up at The WhalesMore

Minnie'sMinnie's
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American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Chef John Keller oversees the menu at Minnie’s, which is comprised of bright, flavorful dishes inspired by owner Millie Stallings' family recipes. Mediterranean-influenced American plates like smoked cauliflower fritto with harissa yogurt, fresno peppers and jalapeño; farro pearls with spring vegetables, mint, pine nuts and pistachio; and roasted half chicken with lemon-sofrito marinade round out the wholesome menu. Dessert is a family affair: the pink cake is a Stallings birthday staple, and the cookies are baked by Millie’s sister, Cooper.More

Curry HouseCurry House
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Indian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Welcome to Curry House!More

Doodley's Pop-Up BistroDoodley's Pop-Up Bistro
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International | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Come enjoy the culinary masterpieces of Chef Joe. Where you can get hearty portions at amazing prices.More

Lower East Side Diners' Choice Winners

Lower East Side's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
LENALENA
19 reviews
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French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

No soda or coffee was the only flaw. Kind service, no rush on a Sunday night. Very nice ambience, good place for creative conversation More

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Gentleman FarmerGentleman Farmer
583 reviews
$$$$
French | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Fantastic, delicious, and interesting food. The place is tiny but has great atmosphere. Very courteous service. Perfect for intimate dates! More

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Taverna Di BaccoTaverna Di Bacco
210 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great service and food. Chef came by table, very nice and attentive staff. Nice Italian rose option. Fresh pasta! We will be back - steps from hotel Indigo lower east side. More

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Boulton and WattBoulton and Watt
324 reviews
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Comfort Food | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Been here multiple times, always love my service. I think today was an exception, but our waitress was leaving and didn’t care for our table. This resulted in us being completely ignored and having to go to the bar to have the lovely bartender, Sean (or Shawn?), help us out. Will continue to go back, but hope to not have this poor service again. Be back next Sunday! More

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ClanceyClancey
46 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Great food, great staff, had an amazing Sunday brunch here! More

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Pig and KhaoPig and Khao
902 reviews
$$$$
Southeast Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Very pleasurable, waiters are attentive and the food is great as always. Great ambiance and hospitality. More

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YopparaiYopparai
257 reviews
$$$$
Japanese | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Everything was excellent, from the service to the food. The only drawback is that I wasn't full after a $200 bill (between two people). If you go without budget constraints, this isn't really a problem- just go expecting to order several items. More

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Dirt CandyDirt Candy
1990 reviews
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Contemporary American | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Had to make a reservation very far in advance but it was well worth it. Amazing food, great service. I'm still in a food coma. More

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Ivan RamenIvan Ramen
1051 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary Asian | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Simply awesome! Our server, Elmer was great! Thank you! More

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BalvaneraBalvanera
195 reviews
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Argentinean | Lower East Side, Manhattan

Chill vibe, not too crowded, delicious well priced food More

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Dining out: Lower East Side

The Lower East Side, sometimes abbreviated as LES, is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of the New York City borough of Manhattan, roughly located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street.