Lower East Side

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    October 1, 2014

    The Falafel Shop's Falafel Sandwich, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 20: Falafel sandwich from the Falafel Shop (127 Rivington Street, 212-466-1222)

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    June 3, 2014

    An Early Taste of Cochinita Dos Tacos, Now Open on Canal Street

    The Lower East Side has amassed a collection of California Mexican restaurants: First came Angeleno bar Taqueria Lower East Side, then was Danny Bowien's Mission Cantina, which is at least influenced by the Golden State, even if it's also heavy on ingredients from many other places in the world. Now ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Explore the Vegetarian Side of Los Angeleno Mexican Food at Taqueria Lower East Side

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Taqueria Lower East Side (198 Orchard Street, 212-677-3910) Neighborhood: Lower East Side Cuisine: Mexican

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    April 2, 2014

    This Week's Four Best Happy Hour Specials

    April, with her intermittent beautiful days interspersed with rainstorms, is such a tease. Let's all agree to embrace the spring weather by wetting our whistle on the cheap.

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    February 5, 2014

    Fond Remembrances Follow 'Inoteca to Its Final Service

    'Inoteca (98 Rivington Street, 212-614-0473) needs wine drinkers. Open since 2004, the restaurant started last night's service with 1,300 bottles in total, each one of which needs to be drained to dregs before Sunday morning at 4 a.m. when the doors will close for good. "We're hoping to get through ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Taste the History of the LES at the Tenement Museum

    The Tenement Museum (108 Orchard Street, 212-982-8420), with its tours of meticulously preserved apartments dating back to the 19th century, plays a crucial role in honoring the Lower East Side's history as the neighborhood undergoes rapid transformation. Its weekly food event, "Tastings at the Tene ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Cheap Drinks (and Food) at 100 Montaditos, High Dive, The Whiskey Ward, and 2A

    You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you're definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.

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    December 5, 2013

    Taqueria Lower East Side's Tostadas and Tacos, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Tacos and tostadas from Taqueria Lower East Side (198 Orchard Street, 212-677-3910), $3-$5.50 Want to have a beer with your meal and still spend less than 10 bucks? Head to this Lower East Side Mexican joint.

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    October 25, 2013

    What's Happening This Weekend: Buttermilk Book Signing, Taste of the Seaport, LES Pickle Day, Get Butchered

    If stocking up on candy is making you hungry, unwrap this weekend's sweetest activities:

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    September 30, 2013

    Readers: More Best LES Restaurants

    Last week, we published our list of the best Lower East Side restaurants, praising old staples like Katz's and newcomer spots like Black Tree. As with any NYC neighborhood, a list of 10 means worthy spots are left out--and we gave a few of those honorable mentions--so readers were quick to chime in ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The 10 Best Restaurants on the Lower East Side

    Gentrification has been pretty thorough in the traditional immigrant stronghold of the Lower East Side, and for proof, you need only to look at the restaurants--trendy spots usurp long-held leases here all the time. But despite all the turnover that's happened in the last decade or so, several old j ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013
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    July 30, 2013

    Scenes From the Last Night of Max Fish

    Lsst night was the last night for venerable Lower East Side bar Max Fish, which (along with the practice space below it) is being pushed out to make way for a boutique hotel, Hotel Ludlow (it's a hotel on Ludlow, you see). On the off chance you were willing to risk the giant blow to your personal br ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Mexican Radio, Berry Park, and Essex Are on Our List for Wednesday Happy Hour

    The sun in shining, sangria is flowing, and you're at your desk gazing out your window, contemplating what to do this evening. You could spend the night watching an entire season of Downtown Abbey, but why not take a look at some of the cities unique happy hours to say good bye to Wednesday? The har ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Casa Mezcal Offers Screamin' Brunch Deal

    While we're fans of lazy gluttony and daytime drinking here at Fork in the Road, we sometimes have a hard time getting super stoked about weekend brunch, mostly because we're uninspired by fighting a riled up crowd eager to cure its collective hangover, only to sit down to mediocre eggs and bacon an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Max Fish Will Move to Williamsburg

    It looks like the Lower East Side will lose another one of its most beloved bars. Max Fish declared in an online petition that it will move to 132 Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn, and the bar is seeking a liquor license for the address. Max Fish has been a fixture of drunken nights on Ludlow Street si ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    The Story of Streit's Matzo on the Lower East Side

    Over on Kickstarter, filmmaker Michael Levine of Rivington Pictures is looking to raise $60,000 to fund a feature-length documentary that will tell the story of Streit's Matzo, a fifth-generation matzo factory founded in 1925 on the Lower East Side. The company is one of the few culinary landmarks o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Resolution Diet Be Damned: The "Butter Burger" at Prune

    We're almost two weeks into January, and for those of you still dieting, we offer our congratulations--reluctantly. It can't be easy to live in a food city such as New York and spend your days and nights chugging down BluePrint Cleanse cashew drinks and eating raw kale chips. So bravo, we guess. Now ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Joe DiStefano Launches Chopsticks and Marrow

    Veteran food writer Joe DiStefano, whose beat is often Queens and the ethnic culinary glories thereof, launched a new website yesterday called Chopsticks and Marrow. Early articles put up in a flurry of activity cover hot dogs and pizza in Chicago, an excellent cevicheria in Jackson Heights, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Katz's Deli and S'Mac Now Delivering

    Delivery just got a little more delicious on the Lower East Side. Now you can satisfy your pastrami sandwich craving without braving the lines at Katz's Deli. In the past delivery orders from the Lower East Side classic had an $80 minimum and a $20 delivery price tag tacked on, but the Times repor ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Pig and Khao; Robert Sietsema at Chote Nawab

    Our own Tejal Rao visits former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen's Lower East Side South Asian restaurant, Pig and Khao, and finds the outcome boisterous and inconsistent. While Cohen's ability to cook is evident in the noodle curry khao soi which is "full of quality crunch and chew," the crispy pata ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Lower East Side Pickle Day is Canceled Due to Hurricane Sandy

    The already rescheduled pickle party was supposed to take place on Saturday. But pickle lovers will have to just enjoy the green delights at home.

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    June 13, 2012

    Offered Without Comment

    Bubble tea parlor, Forsyth Street, 9:16pm. Click on image to enlarge. See other Offered Without Comment posts.

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    April 17, 2012

    Say Hello to Pok Pok NY, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Pok Pok NY, a branch of Andy Ricker's Thai chain, opens tomorrow in Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront district. [Eater] Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is now open on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

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    January 20, 2012

    Vehicle Crashes Disproportionately Hit Children in Low-Income Areas: Report

    Last week, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed as she crossed Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, in an area that has a reputation for being dangerous for pedestrians. Now, an advocacy group has said that this tragedy is part of an alarming trend -- that young children in low-income neighb ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Say Goodbye to Terrace in the Sky, Matsuri

    It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Here are some of the dogs who got eaten this week. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Rocket Joes, a Lower East Side pizzeria loved by late-night revelers, has closed temporarily -- it's going through an ownership change and deali ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Beware of the Lower East Side Dog Feeder

    Bowery Boogie ​ Courtesy of our friends at Bowery Boogie comes that peculiar flyer, spotted on Orchard and Grand. Some horrible cretin has been feeding dogs on the Lower East Side!

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    November 30, 2011

    What the Abandoned Trolley Terminal on the Lower East Side Looks Like Now

    Remember "the Low Line" -- the proposal to make the 60,000 currently unused square feet of the abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side, under Delancey Street, into something called The Delancey Underground? James Ramsey and Dan Barasch came up with the plan to create a green space there ut ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at He Nan Flavor; Lauren Shockey at Beecher's Handmade Cheese

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers authentic Henan on the Lower East Side at He Nan Flavor. Lauren Shockey sips a Grilled Cheese Martini at Beecher's Handmade Cheese.Liz BarclayCurd-ish pleasures at Beecher's​ Adam Platt isn't exactly charmed by the new West Village Fatty 'Cue ( ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    A Place to Bury Strangers Drummer Jay Weilminster On Why His New Bar Is No Fun

    A Place to Bury Strangers has been called "The Loudest Band in New York." So, when we heard one of its members was opening a bar on the Lower East Side, we were surprised to learn it would be a tapas place. Sounds so dainty. Well, it turns out that tapas can be just as rock 'n' roll as beer and whis ... More >>

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    October 9, 2011

    Hot and Sour Soup at Inexpensive Delicacies, Dish No. 4

    If you want to kindle a fierce debate among "bottom-feeding" foodies, as they're derisively called (and I'm certainly one), just ask what's the cheapest and best item of food for the money in one borough or another.

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    September 26, 2011

    'Possible Bomb Threat' on Lower East Side Just an Empty Suitcase

    ​ We've been seeing some talk on Twitter that there was a possible bomb threat at the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets on the Lower East Side, and that streets were blocked off. Rest assured: It is not a bomb. The NYPD informed us moments ago that "it's not a bomb threat, it was a suspicio ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Falai Has Closed, and Falai Panetteria Is on the Market

    ​ After months of speculation, Iacopo has closed Falai, his six-year-old flagship restaurant on Clinton Street.

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    August 12, 2011

    New York in the 1960s: Plenty of Hipsters, Fewer Starbucks

    Lower East Side from Django's Ghost on VimeoLook at that fucking hipster! Wait...where are we? When are we? As this clip of the East Village in the '60s -- posted on Neighborhoodr via Handsome as Fuck and supplemented with music from the Velvet Underground -- demonstrates, nerdy black glasses, ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Neely's, Goodbye to Rockography

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Moran's has shuttered after 25 years in operation just two blocks south of the World Trade Center. Owners Brian and Abby Lydon cited business slowing after 9/11. [DNAInfo] The Carroll Gardens ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    NYPD Saves Jumper on Lower East Side

    via​Eyewitnesses on Twitter are reporting that police stopped a woman from jumping off the roof at 1 Essex Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. As seen above, an inflatable landing pad was set up below the building, but officers managed to grab the woman before it was necessary. "I wasn't wa ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Wine Could Soon Be Available in NY Supermarkets; Beers War Erupts in Wisconsin

    ​ Craft brewers are furious over a new MillerCoors-backed piece of legislature in Wisconsin that they say will prevent micro-brewers from opening more than one brewpub to sell and market their own beer. [Salon] What are the top-selling beer holidays in the United States? We'll give you a hin ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Perfect Picnic to Pack Your Lunch, New York

    A perfect picnic, delivered.​Summer may not be here yet, officially speaking, but picnicking season is already in full swing. Perfect Picnic, a new food shop and picnic-delivery service based on the Lower East Side, has you covered for all your packed-lunch needs.

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2011


    A street party close to home

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    April 28, 2011

    Ryan Jordan 'In' at the Clerkenwell; Damon Wise 'Out' at Craft

    ​Ryan Jordan, who has worked at the Breslin and the original John Dory, is now cooking at the Clerkenwell on the Lower East Side. His menu includes paprika-dusted "chickpea crisps," cauliflower fries with curry mayo, and housemade currywurst. [Grub Street] Rumors that Damon Wise was leaving h ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    On the Lower East Side, the Streets Are Paved in Horse Poop

    ​Important news that affects all of us, each and every one, is today being reported exclusively by the New York Post: Police horses are shitting all over the Lower East Side, the "club-centric hub" to which they have been dispatched to control "rowdy bar-hoppers."

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    February 28, 2011

    Some Schools Could Lose 30 Percent of Teachers under Bloomberg Plan - WNYC

    The Bloomberg Administration has announced that some schools could lose up to 30 percent of their teaching force, WNYC is reporting this morning. Under a worst-case scenario, the Department of Education is set to lay off one to five teachers at most schools, with some losing 30 percent of their ove ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Geraldo Rivera Suggests a 'Shadow Government' to Save the Lower East Side

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 3, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 5 Radical pragmatism: the shadow government By Geraldo Rivera AN OUTLINE FOR SAVING 30 SQUARE BLOCKS OF THE WORLD The Lower East Side is dying. Like the South Bronx, Central Brooklyn, and Harlem, it ha ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Fancy Upper West Side Building Hires Its Own Creative Director

    ​Ever felt that the seafoam green interior and moldy moldings of your Lower East Side walkup just don't "go" with the authentic door paint or vintage-scented elevator or occasional atmospheric shrieks and scufflings? Ah, if we lived at the Upper West Side's historic condo The Apthorp (resident ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Max Fish Hanging on for Another Year, Pink Pony "Pretty Sure" It Will, Too

    Max Fish​Finally, some good news from the Lower East Side: Max Fish isn't going anywhere. Yet. According to Paper, the Ludlow Street bar will not be closing Jan. 30 following a rent dispute with its landlord. Instead, owner Uli Rimkus has negotiated an agreement with her landlord that will all ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Painkiller to Revamp Menu, Adds Hot Drinks

    nybarfly.comSoon to come in hot form​ Now that winter's officially begun, it's time to get out the Snuggie and curl up with the booze. Cocktails can be tricky when it's cold, but luckily a new trend is about to be sprung upon New Yorkers: the hot tiki cocktail!

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    November 12, 2010

    Autobrennt, One Step Beyond, Funk Galaktik, and Lindstrom Headline Your Weekend In Nightlife

    ​These next two days bring a whole lot of dance music and a little bit of rap. Behold, your weekend in nightlife. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Neighborhood: Lower East Side Party: Autobrennt DJs: Prince Language & Slow Hands Highlights: Rivington Hotel's penthouse is one of our favorites, and tonight ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    "Lower East Side" Being Co-opted to Sell Cheap Shoes

    Something ugly this way comes.​Via Bowery Boogie, we have learned that Payless ShoeSource is now offering a brand encapsulating the style, quirkiness, and wonder of one of our very own downtown Manhattan neighborhoods. The "Lower East Side" line features heart waterfall earrings, flower satin ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Fried Dumplings and Soup at North Dumpling on the LES

    ​North Dumpling is an old-timer in dumpling-shop years. There are nearly a dozen dumpling shops on the Lower East Side alone, not to mention those in Sunset Park and Flushing, and the vast majority now dispense four for $1. But North Dumpling is different.

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    October 22, 2010

    The Monster Mash, Turbotax, The Fader Fort, And, OK, A CMJ Showcase Or Two Headline Your Weekend In Nightlife

    ​Thanks to CMJ, there are hundreds of things you could do in the city this weekend. There are too many bands we love playing too many shows, acting as the "secret guest" at epic concerts that we regret not going to, and walking down the streets and hanging out in bars like us real people do. I ... More >>

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