Naya's East Village Guide
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+ Getting to Know Your Area:
For our intents and purposes, I have conflated the East Village and the Lower East Side. You are most definitely staying in the East Village, as you are north of Houston Street. The whole area has so much to offer, so let's not spend too much time on arbitrary divisions. So you may be thinking to yourself, what's the difference between the Lower East Side and the East Village? The answer is, originally, nothing. The entire area south of 14th Street and east of Bowery was The Lower East Side; it wasn't until the 1960s, following the success of the West Village, that realtors dubbed the area south of 14th street and north of Houston as "The East Village."
The East Village (i.e. the area north of Houston) was home to several Ukrainian establishments, which explains some of the Central European and Ukrainian churches and restaurants that still hang on to the area. The both the East-West streets and the North-South Avenues are numbered.
East of 1st Avenue, the avenues become lettered: Avenues A, B, C, D. This stretch of the East Village is called Alphabet City. Growing up, if you went to Avenue A you were Adventurous, B you were Brave, C you were Crazy, D you were Dead. It's obviously changed a lot since then. Avenue A and Avenue B are full of cool stuff and you should walk around with impunity. Avenue C is a little spottier, but there are still some good finds. You probably shouldn't walk to Avenue D - not much there, and there's a large housing project.
Fun fact: Avenue C is nicknamed "Louisada" because that's how the heavily Hispanic inhabitants would articulate their neighborhood - they were "Lower East Siders (Louisadas").
The boundary between the East Village and the Lower East Side is East Houston Street.
The southern boundary of the Lower East Side is this little waterway called The East River. For all intents and purposes, you will probably not want to go south of Delancey Street, although there are some cool spots on Grand Avenue, the street just south of Delancey.
The main North-South streets in the Lower East Side, from West to East, are Eldridge, Allen, Orchard, Ludlow, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Clinton. You will probably not want to go east of Clinton.
Orchard and Ludlow are the easiest, most fool-proof streets for your eating / drinking / revelry needs in the LES. Essex is also worth exploring, and Clinton Street has exploded in the last couple years with some pretty cool eateries.
Rivington Street, a East-West street two blocks south of East Houston, is also a pretty fool-proof street, with plenty of attractions
+ Getting Around
The closest subway is the 6 train at Astor Place or the N/R train at 8th street. Just walk west along St. Mark’s, which becomes 8th street west of Third Avenue. The 6 train goes up along the East Side of Manhattan, and the N/R will go up Broadway toward the West Side of Manhattan, so it’s a good location to be in.
+ St. Marks
So, you are on St. Mark’s Place. St. Mark’s Place is named after the nearby St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on 10th Street and Second Avenue. Peter Stuyvesant, the Secretary-General of the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam (which later became New York), is buried at that church. St. Mark’s Place, being a bustling area, has a lot of well-known quick bites to eat, including an offshoot of Mamoun’s famous falafel (22 St. Mark’s), and Papaya King hot dogs (2 St. Mark’s).
More potentially interesting places include Klong (noodles and curry, 7 St. Mark’s), Udon West (Japanese soba, 11 St. Mark’s), Kenka (25 St. Mark’s, Japanese food with a party atmosphere), Khyber Pass (34 St. Mark’s , Afghani place popular with students), Mark (specialty burgers, 33 St. Mark’s), Rakka (81, no-frills Middle Eastern counter service), Xe May Sandwich Shop (Vietnamese sandwiches, 96 St. Mark’s), The Dumpling Man (100 St. Mark’s, very popular dumpling spot), Hummus Place (kosher Israeli), and Crif Dogs (specialty hot dogs)
Some culturally interest places include Jule’s (French bistro playing nightly music, which you literally cannot miss as it is next to the apartment), Theatre St. Mark’s (80 St. Mark’s Place, off-off Broadway interesting theater) and Under St. Mark’s Theatre (94 St. Mark’s Place). People make a fuss about PDT’s, the “secret” speakeasy located behind Crif Dogs, but everybody knows about it so it’s not much of a secret. Another interesting place is William Barnacle Tavern, it’s a former mob speakeasy with an extensive absinthe list, if you are interested in trying that out. (80 St. Mark’s)
+ Where to Have a Drink
Look, this is the East Village / Lower East Side. This guide is superfluous. If you can't find drinks in this area, then I can't help you. Just walk anywhere and you will find bars. One "tip" that may not be obvious to tourists to share with you: East 7th street is a good bar strip because of the popularity of McSorley's, so there are a bunch of good bars running east along East 7th Street. Failing that, just walk on Ludlow, Orchard, Essex, Houston, Third Avenue, Second Avenue, First Avenue, Avenue A, or Avenue B to find bars, or walk east along 14th street, St Marks (8th street), 7th street, 4th street, Stanton, Rivington, or let’s see, any street? Figure it out. Below are just suggestions:
Fancy Bars in the East Village
Death & Company - 433 East 6th street - the original poster boy for "fancy upscale cocktail speakeasy that you will wait to get into." It's pitch black inside - you need to be walked in. Expect to wait at least 30 minutes at least. Be careful about how much you imbibe, because I am sure they are crossing their fingers for someone to actually drink themselves to death at Death & Company. Angel's Share: 8 Stuyvesant Street- upscale speakeasy cocktail bar that has proven to be quite popular.
Amor y Amargo : 443 East 6th street - If had to guess, this means something in Spanish. Tiny cocktail bar, makes strong use of bitters in their drink. Tell the bartender your tastes and they will mix something up.
Louis 649 - 649 East 9th street- a charming cozy space that features live jazz, well decorated. The bartenders wear bow ties and suspenders, which is usually a gimmick that would make me want to blow my brains out, but it sorta works here.
The Wayland: 700 East 9th street. an unpretentious cocktail bar. Can you believe that? Cocktails, yet unpretentious?!
Juke Bar - 196 Second Avenue - down a level from street level, a good space and the drinks are good. The Juke Bar Maid is a popular drink. They have guest DJs and other random stuff. Slight demerit since it replaced Blue Owl, which had the advantage of having an animal name. Elsa: 217 East 3rd - Cocktail bar, well-liked, cool decor.
Pouring Ribbons: 225 Avenue B, Second Floor - Ohhhh shit a bar on the second floor, this must be fancy! You are right, this is an upscale cocktail bar. Spacious interior, dressed up without being showy. I like the staircase, too. I notice weird things.
Booker & Dax - 207 Second Avenue - upscale mixology bar, inventive and innovative drinks. Connected to Momofuku, the popular desert/milk bar. The Bourgeois Pig: 111 East 7th Street - I like pigs, so that's a plus. Known for fondue alongside their cocktails. A big space, so you can get a seat.
The Immigrant: 341 East 9th Street - an intimate, hushed wine bar. An odd name, considering everyone knows wine was created first in AMERICA. USA # 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bedlam: 40 Avenue C - Bar that serves sometimes as a dance club, inspired by a London psychiatric hospital.
For the Lower East Side high-falutin' fancypants (aka speakeasies and cocktail bars):
Attaboy - 134 Eldridge - acclaimed speakeasy-cocktail bar. Very small, gets very crowded, you need to knock and be let in. Expensive cocktails, but pretty damn fine. No menu. You just have to take the plunge and hope you are in good hands.
2nd Floor on Clinton - 67 Clinton - you go into the restaurant Barramundi and walk through it to find this speakeasy. Their motto is "for those who know," which is pretentious as shit, if you ask me, but whatever. Open 7 pm onward Wednesday-Sunday. Home of the Lowline Cocktail. Cocktail bar on the 2nd floor
Sunita Bar - 106 Norfolk - Sunita, the owner, is usually behind the bar here. A small, chill cocktail spot on Norfolk, which is not as mobbed as Ludlow and Orchard.
Fig 19 - 131 1/2 Chrystie street. Another high-class speakeasy. It's pretty well hidden - you walk through an art gallery to get there. Pretty sophisticated cocktails. Expensive, though.
Experimental Cocktail Club - 191 Chrystie Street - as the name suggests, an experimental cocktail club. An outpost of the original Paris location.
Casa Mezcal - 86 Orchard Street - famous for their margaritas. Bar / restaurant / performance space with a Mexican theme.
Black Crescent - 76 Clinton Street - I like morbid sounding names, so that's a mark in the plus column. Also, it sounds like there are pirates involved somehow. Has pretty baller seafood too, and not as crowded as the other places. Funk tunes, small space, happy hour 12 am-1 am, small selection of well curated cocktails.
Viktor & Spoils - 105 Rivington - stylish bar with a Mexican theme, good cocktails
Subject - 188 Suffolk Street - cocktail bar that is more low-key and less party-hearty. Surprisingly, not related to adjacent "& Predicate" bar. (Grammar joke, there is no Predicate bar).
For your everyday slobs (beer bars and dive bars):
Burp Castle - 41 East 7th street - yes, it's a terrible name, but why do I like this bar? Because they actually have a noise policy that's enforced. If people get too loud / obnoxious, they shush them, to add to the Belgian monastery feel they got going here. Awesome! Shut up you kids! A good Belgian beer list.
McSorleys Old Ale House. - 15 East 7th Street - Sells itself as the oldest operating bar in New York, but that isn't true - it's really the oldest operating bar in MANHATTAN (the oldest bar in New York City is actually in Queens, but I digress). They only serve two beers (McSorley's Light and Dark), and you get both for 5 bucks total.
Smells like a rabbit cage. Old timey. Worth checking out, but expect alot of tourists and younger people. The wishbones hanging above the bar were supposedly left by World War I soldiers, who promised to retrieve them when they came back. They never came back. I just ruined your night.
Double Wide - 505 East 12th street - Southern influenced dive-y bar and brunch spot. Sweet Tea Bourbon Lemonade, that kind stuff. The name also serves as a good description of your ass if you eat brunch here too often.
Klimat Lounge - 77 East 7th Street - an Eastern European Bar. I like central european / eastern european feel, so I like this place - Polish, Russian, Czech beers. Ask for Mike Ma! (a friend of mine who sometimes works there).
11th Street Bar - 510 East 11th street - I like places with dumb or easy to remember names, so this makes the list. A pretty decent, not super-loud beer bar.
Doc Holiday's - 141 Avenue A - super-divey bar with country music on the jukebox.
Proletariat: 102 St. Marks Place - on boisterous St. Marks, a very "East Village" bar, young crowd, good beer selection of stuff you've never heard of at reasonable prices.
Manitoba's - 99 Avenue B - cheap rock/punk bar, cool jukebox. Cheap! Air hockey and pinball, too.
The Redhead - 349 East 13th street - popular gastropub with supposedly good fried chicken. Never had it, but feel free to check it out and report back to me.
Idle Hands: 25 Avenue B - Bourbon and beer bar. Two floors, each with their own exit and entrance.
The Library - 7 Avenue A - cool vibe, littered with books, cheap beer, good jukebox.
Schoolbred's: 197 Second Avenue - legend has it that on some days, you can actually find international playboy Matt Melville and internationally most wanted list-ed author J.R. Hamantaschen hanging out here outside for cheap brews. They have a pretty good buy one get one free deal going on most days, Nothing fancy.
Alphabet City Beer Company - 96 Avenue C - a very good craft beer bar / brewery all the way on Avenue C.
B Side - 204 Avenue B - Alphabet City dive bar with a punky aesthetic.
International Bar - 120 First Avenue - Dive bar with a patio in the back, gothic / antique vibe. Staff is pleasant and friendly, I think. Otto's Shrunken Head - 538 East 14th street - Huge space with a tiki-bar themed atmosphere and hosts surf, indie and new-wave bands and most weekends.
Lucky Jacks - 129 Orchard - 60 foot copper Irish Bar. Whiskey Ward - 121 Essex Street - brace yourself, as I know this will come as a surprise, but this is a whisky bar. Wide selection of whisky. Serves free bar peanuts too, so if the other places' expensive cocktails leave your broke, you can get your protein fix here.
Todd's Mill - 162 Orchard - more of a hip gastropub that serves farm to table meals and beers and cocktails
One Mile House - 10 Delancey Street - right next to Bowery Ballroom, which is cool. An impressive beer list and a nice space.
Local 138 - 138 Ludlow. A divier bar with cheap beers . Cheap Guinness, Arrogant Bastards, Old Speckled Hen. $3 drafts for happy hour.
Epstein's Bar - 82 Stanton Bar - a large sports-type bar that attracts kind of boisterous / young / douchey crowd, but their $5 Epstein's Ale is quality and dark, much like my heart.. Cash only. A lot of televisions around if you want to watch "the game."
Marshall Stack - 66 Rivington Street - good, deep beer and wine selection, a lot of local New York beers. Juke Box. CASH ONLY.
Spitzer's Corner - 101 Rivington Street - A large gastropub with a huge beer list.
Welcome to the Johnson's - 123 Rivington- An unpretentious bar with beer from a fridge, jukebox. Totally divey but cheap as hell. Sixth Ward - 191 Orchard - neighborhood beer bar with good selection
151 - 151 Rivington Street - an unmarked bar that leads to a basement lounge with a hard rock soundtrack.
Loreley - 7 Rivington Street - a German beer garden with outdoor seating
Bars with DJs/clubby atmosphere for people who belong in the background of a hip HBO show about cool people:
Sapphire - 249 Eldridge - a small night-club for dance and house music enthusiasts.
BOB Bar - 235 Eldridge - another small bar with hip-hop DJs that gets pretty packed on weekends.
Pianos - 158 Ludlow - very crowded place with a showroom and an upstairs lounge, leans toward dance / club / hip hop music
Karaoke Boho - 196 Orchard - Korean Karaoke Bar
Schiller's Liquor Bar - 131 Rivington Street - a trendy, Hollywood-type liquor bar for people cooler and hipper and probably better smelling than me. Gets pretty packed.
The Cellar - 167 Orchard - a downstairs lounge. You can tell I've run out of steam here. If I continued writing about drinking, it would just be a series of monosyllabic grunts.
No Malice Palace - 197 East 3rd street - dance and DJ club.
Bowery Electric - 372 Bowery Street - dance and DJ club
+ Coffee Shops
I mean, look, how much can you say about a coffee place? The coffee is good or its not. So this is more like a vetting that the coffee at these places is pretty good.
Physical Graffitea – 96 St. Mark’s Place – tea shop on the street with a full service café. The tea is organic and fair trade, if you care about that sort of thing.
I Am Coffee - 9 St. Mark's Place - zero seating hole in the wall, run by two friendly coffee masters.
Abraco- 86 East 7th Street - another no-frills but serious coffee spot.
Ninth Street Espresso - 700 East 9th street (between C and D) / 341 East 10th street (between A and B). The original location is on 9th street (there's another in Chelsea market). A cup of house coffee is about $1.50
Madman Espresso - 319 East 14th street - small cozy setting, yummy almond croissants. Very small place.
Ost Cafe - 441 East 12th street - quality coffee and wine spot
Everyman Espresso - 136 East 13th street - a more industrial space, quality coffee
Tea Drunk - 123 East 7th street - mixing it up on you by dropping in a tea place. Ceremonial Chinese tea spot.
Bluebird Coffee - 72 East 1st street - strong espresso, another tiny microshop.
Elsewhere Espresso - 335 East 6th - wood furniture, benches outside, pretty spacious.
Mud Coffee - 307 East 9th street - a popular cafe with its own coffee and a nice space in the back. Runs the "Mud Trucks," i.e. coffee trucks, you can see sometimes by Astor Place.
BoxKite Coffee - 115 St. Mark's Place - expensive but high-falutin', with coffee flights and a "deconstructed macchiato"
The Bean - 54 Second Avenue - I don't think the coffee is that great, but it's popular with the young set because it's large and lively. A lot of "freelancers" and college students hogging the tables.
Blue Stocking Coffee / Bookstore - 172 Allen - A radical / anarchist bookstore for the oppressed trustafarians of the Lower East Side, who daily continue their campaign against the hegemony of basic hygiene. They also serve pretty good coffee drinks.
Cafe Grumpy - 13 Essex - a very popular coffee shop. The original location in Brooklyn is used as a set for the popular HBO show Girls. Make sure to remind all the employees of this connection, as they assuredly love hearing about it. To get an extra added to your drink, heed the following advice: ask the barista if she's ever met Hannah, the fictionalized version of Girls show creator Lena Dunham. Whatever the response, say "that's such a Hannah thing to say!" Enjoy your drink+, which is your drink plus the barista's spit.
Caffe Vita - 124 Ludlow - a super-tiny coffee shop Pretty good iced coffee. Place is small as shit, so get it to go.
Roasting Plant Coffee - 81 Orchard - If you found yourself south of Delancey street, this is a high quality coffee stop. Good chocolate chip cookies, too.
Home Espresso Bar - 250 Broome - again, if you are south of Delancey, this is a good bet for high quality coffee.
Konditori - 182 Allen - A Swedish coffee spot. There are about seven of them through NYC, the iced coffee is good and nutty tasting. You can tell I really only drink black iced coffee. I am literally drinking it RIGHT NOW THIS GUIDE IS SO META!
Lost Weekend - 45 Orchard - a surfer-themed coffee spot. I like the name.
Black Cat Coffee - 172 Rivington - kinda-pricy espresso and coffee bar, considering its east of Clinton street, but I like places named after animals, so....the coffee is quality.
+ Ice Cream / Dessert Central
Save room in your stomach and pack some insulin, because there is a ton of dessert and desert spots nearby. There is a mini-ice cream boom in the East Village, and you are in the prime position to try all the competitors to the Ice Cream crown.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop – 125 East 7th Street – a whimsical, gay-themed campy ice cream shop serving concoctions with names like Salty Pimp. Expect unicorns, rainbows, and long lines. It started as a food truck, and then they established this location. There is another in the West Village.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream – 48 East 7th Street – a retro sweet shop that uses innovative agreements. More of an emphasis on the quality of the ingredients themselves than any theme or gimmick.
Morganstern’s Finest Ice Cream – 2 Rivington Street – a new kid on the ice cream block that, come nighttime, becomes cool-kid central. They style themselves after an old retro parlor, but they have quite unique flavors, although it is a bit pricey. Old school charm at modern day prices!
Davey’s Ice Cream – 137 First Avenue – all the ice cream is made in-house, has solid classics like Roasted Pistachio, Chocolate, Mexican Vanilla, and Cookies and Cream, alongside unique offerings like Black Pepper Strawberry and Peppermint Chip
Sundaes and Cones – 95 East 10th Street – a large ice cream shop that has been around for quite a long time Has your basic flavors, also has some unique Asian inspired flavors like black sesame and purple yam ice cream.
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream – 199 Avenue A – Interesting, pop-culture inspired flavors like Clockwork Orange, Cool Runnings, Mint Condition and Southern Hospitality. The guy who owns and runs it grew up in the East Village, which is pretty cool, and the quality is good. OddFellows Ice Cream – 75 East 4th Street – a tiny ice cream store with unique flavors and quality ingredients. No doubt you are recognizing a trend by now….
Dessert Club – 204 East 10th – popular desert bar. My fingers hurt. Blythe Ann’s – 516 East 6th Street – vegan ice cream. Can you believe it, Vegan ice cream! They use a cashew base, so maybe it’s healthier, too?
+ Other Cool Things Worthy of Note
Shopsins - located in the Essex Street Market at 120 Essex Street. Tucked into the back. Was the subject of the documentary "I Like Killing Flies," about the charismatic odd-ball owner and his family, super old-school New York Jews. Likely the longest and most eclectic menu you will ever see in your life. Need to get there early because it has like, 4 tables and gets super crowded and closes early. The owners are strict about their rules, such as a) no one at the table can order the same item and b) everyone at the table has to order something. Look up the times and menu before you go. The staff won't give you recommendations and are straight-to-the-point in an old school NY type of way. If you annoy them they will boot your ass to the curb.
The Cube at Astor Place (Cooper Square at Lafayette Street) - a handy-meeting spot, it's a large black metallic cube you can rotate. If you are meeting people and you say "the cube at Astor Place," they will know what you are talking about.
Hester Street Fair: Corner of Hester and Essex Street. This street market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6pm, April 26 to October 6. It is housed on the historic grounds of the former largest pushcart market in New York. Vendors of all types in an outdoor market, ranging from artisanal food, coffee, clothing and jewelry.
Duane Park - 308 Bowery - Classiest burlesque joint in the city, also featuring live jazz. Check their online schedule.
Tenement Museum - 108 Orchard - a museum showcasing tenements and the living conditions of 1800s-era Lower East Siders. Spoiler alert: it's depressing.
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space - 155 Avenue C - volunteer-run small history museum about "community space" and gentrification and squat housing on the Lower East Side. Runs some tours, too.
Ukrainian Museum - 222 East 6th street - the East Village used to be a Ukrainian neighborhood (which explains some of the Ukrainian churches and Ukrainian eateries still in the area. This is a small museum - you can probably see it all in about 30-60 minutes.
New Museum of Contemporary Art - 235 Bowery Street - be forewarned that I am not a fan of this museum. It's too expensive for my tastes, and the modern avant-garde art is usually pretentious and stupid. I do think the museum is designed beautifully, has a cool exterior, and the outdoor terrace on the top floor gives you a pretty sweet view of Lower Manhattan (but note the outdoor terrace is only open on weekends). Maybe worth it if there is some free event, but just letting you know about it.
Economy Candy Store - 108 Rivington Street - a candy store with a deep selection. French and Italian chocolates, tons of jellybeans, Ritter sports bars, Turkish delights, Scandinavian licorice, a pound of gummy bears for like, four bucks. Fun to explore and cultivate your diabetes. Help the local economy and help your dentist refurnish his house.
Anthology Film Archives - 32 Second Avenue - an old indie-film institution, with interesting screenings and festivals. Always worth at least checking out to see what they are planning.
Two Bit Retro-arcade- 153 Essex - as the name suggests, a beer bar with a functioning arcade. Cheap bear, solid pinball, solid game selection. Cash only.
Beauty & Essex - 146 Essex Street - pawnshop in front, high-falutin' restaurant in back. Best to try and call and make reservations in advance, as seats are limited. There is free champagne in the ladies rest room, which is pretty cool. HOW DO I KNOW THAT!!!?
Nurse Bettie - 106 Norfolk - a beer and cocktail bar with a pin-up girl theme / burlesque vibe that hosts burlesque shows.
Dressing Room - 75A Orchard - a vintage and designer clothing store that also has a bar and a DJ. Usually some kind of classic silent movie playing in the background. A pretty cool concept.
EastVille Comedy Club (85 East 4th), a club with nightly stand-up which gets legitimate comics like Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garafolo and others)
Slipper Room - 167 Orchard - the "palace of variety" and oddball entertainment space / burlesque hall. Worth checking out their calendar to see if anything strikes your fancy.
Upright Citizens Brigade East, UCB East (AKa The Beast) - 153 East 3rd. Has nightly comedy shows, usually of the improv or variety show type. Check out their calendar - it runs deep. I prefer stand-up, and they have a pretty great stand up set on Sunday nights called "If You Build it." Good comics, $5 cover, no drink minimum, movie theater-style seats.
Performing Arts Spaces / Off-Off Broadway Shows
Too many to list. Here are some to check out to see what they are featuring.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 East 3rd), Under St. Mark's (94 St. Mark's Place), New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th street), Kraine Theater (85 East 4th street), LaMama Experimental Theater Club (74A East 4th street), KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, reading series), Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue)
Old School Jewish Culture:
This may sound like a wild flight of fancy, but before moneyed gentiles came into the neighborhood with their monocles, limousines, and snifters of alcohol that were not Manischewitz , there were actually tons of Jews in the Lower East side. Remnants of this culture abound.
First, Orchard Street was known as Bargain Avenue, as there were a lot of leather-goods, luggage and cheap clothing stores staffed by Jewish merchants. A bunch of them still exist! The lazy East Houston stroll:
So the Lower East Side isn't the center of Jewish culture in New York anymore, but there are still some notable standouts that you should check out.
Katz's Deli - 205 East Houston Street. At the corner of East Houston and Ludlow. You should see the crowds. It's famous for the orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally (there is a placard hanging from the ceiling to inform visitors of the particular blessed table). In 2013, Zagat's named it the second best deli in NYC (after Mile End, a Montreal-style Jewish deli which has a large location in downtown Brooklyn and a sandwich shop nearby, in Soho). Pretty good pastrami and turkey, I must say.
Russ & Daughters - 129 East Houston Street. Again, you will see a line out the door. Featured on the NYC-based show Louie. A Jewish 'appetizing" store, which in old-school Jewish culture means a store that offers bagels and their accessories. Famous for their lox, which is a type of smoked salmon, and other assorted Jewish sundries.
Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery - 127 East Houston Street. A knish (pronounced "ka-nish") is a Jewish comfort food, basically spiced potato inside a delicious dough (baked, never fried), with several different flavors and options. This is the oldest knishery in the United States.
Advanced Jew Studies:
Moishe's Bakery - 115 2nd Avenue, at East 7th street in the super old-school graffiti'd exterior, they are my favorite hamantaschen in New York. I like hamantaschen so much I used it as my surname, which makes me the most famous dark fiction / horror writer named after a Jewish pastry (see you in hell, Isaac Chocolate-Babka!) If you don't know what a hamantaschen is, then make amends by going there and ordering some. They are triangular cookies filled with various fillings, eaten for Purim. Tell them J.R. Hamantaschen sent you! But remember, they will be closed on Saturday (for the Sabbath). Kossar's Bialy - 367 Grand Street, between Norfolk and Essex. A Bialy is small Polish-Jewish bagel, named after Bialystock, in Poland. This is the oldest bialy bakery in New York. Just a wild guess, but if you go here, you should probably try, let's see, I don't know, a bialy?
Eldridge Street Museum - A beautiful restored synagogue on Eldridge street at 12 Eldridge street (just south of Canal street). Beautiful stained glass window. Now basically part of Chinatown, but its a beautiful building. Adjacent Areas:
To the Northwest of the Lower East Side (North of Houston, west of Bowery) is NoLita (North of Little Italy), with its charming, bizarrely named street (3rd street becomes Great Jones Street, 2nd street becomes Bond street, for example). The streets are stone-paved and endearing, with a lot of intimate high quality restaurants around. Check out Acme (9 Great Jones Street), the famous Danish restaurant; the take-out-only extension of Mile End, the Montreal-Jewish deli (53 Bond street). Fool-proof north-south streets to walk down are Lafayette, Mott, Mulberry and Elizabeth. Fool-proof east-west streets are Bleecker (famous street with lot of clubs, bars and boutiques), Prince and Spring Street that will lead you into the high-fashion and food of Soho.
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Here we are, the end. Let me pontificate at length about the significance of conclusions (remember, I'm getting paid by the word). Nah, whatever. You are visiting New York. Just don't disappoint me by spending your whole trip in Midtown (or, for that matter, your whole trip in the Lower East Side).
Get out there.