In New York City, there are a ton of great places to eat on the Lower East Side. My definition of the Lower East Side is Canal to Houston St (south to north) and Bowery to the East River (west to east).
The neighborhood itself was once a Jewish ghetto, but over time has become a trendier area with young adults flooding its bars and restaurants on weekend nights.
What once was home to dive bars and home-style Jewish cuisine is now populated by lounges with long lines and bouncer, and cash-only restaurants that won’t even take your reservations However, certain parts of the area still stay true to the roots of old.
One of the greatest delis in New York is unquestionably Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street. Their overstuffed pastrami sandwiches are notoriously large and you won’t come close to finishing them. But you can try.
If you are looking for bagels instead of meats, one of the city’s best can be had at Russ and Daughters. Russ and Daughters is another historically important restaurant and opened its doors in 1914.
If you’re looking for a great place to go in the morning, it doesn’t get much better than Clinton Street Baking Company. Some of the best options on the menu include the fried chicken and waffles, and the blueberry pancakes.
If you are looking for a different type of activity on the Lower East Side, then look no further than Spitzer’s Corner. Spitzer’s is where you will want to go to drink after diner is over. With over 40 beers on tap, this American gastropub has one of the greatest selections in the city.
If you are looking for some Bavarian hops, then look no further. Craving a rare Belgian Beer that you haven’t seen since your trip to Europe? Chances are Spitzer’s will have it.