Lower East Side

Loreley

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

It's always a bummer not getting the true flavor of a place because you're stuck partying in the basement. In this case, I'm being extremely literal (in the old...
bOb

bOb

One can't help seeing the name of this joint and thinking about that hip-hop dude, B.o.B. Granted, the half-life of hip-hop artists is about 2.5 weeks, so by th...
Marshall Stack

Marshall Stack

I read the name of this place and thought it was gonna be rock 'n' roll heaven. Like Vazac's but with music that I might actually want to listen to. It turns ou...
Parkside Lounge

Parkside Lounge

I'm not certain when in its lifecycle a bar officially becomes a dive. I mean built as new establishments none aspire to dive status do they? Don't they just st...
El Maguey y La Tuna

El Maguey y La Tuna

Hooray for the old skool Mexican joint. Seriously, fuck that gold-plated burrito shit; this is the real deal. Tile floors, tile walls, plastic tablecloths, ...
200 Orchard

200 Orchard

I remember back in the day when this was Orchard Bar. To me it represented everything that was hip and groovy. It was the Lower East Side and this joint had...
The Sixth Ward

The Sixth Ward

This, it turned out, was one of those time-killing situations that present themselves when the second of your two-person party is tied up at work or the F t...
San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria

San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria

Wandering around the Lower East Side looking for food is both challenging and not. There are tons of choices, no doubt, but in this particular neighborhood ...
Tapeo29

Tapeo29

His inspirational story of overcoming a crack addiction to become one of 1995's best selling artists, complete with a starring turn in a music video with Mi...
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East Side Company Bar

Essex was a street with which I felt pretty familiar, but as we walked further and further East, the weird area had us doubting ourselves--or at least me wond...
Local 138

Local 138

I was once in a union. It got me an extra twenty-five cents an hour on top of minimum wage and all the soda and popcorn I could eat at break time. Between the d...
The Back Room

The Back Room

I have to admit that I don't really get the gimmick here -- and have no doubt, people, this joint is full of them. The first very LES twist is this bar's oddbal...
The Clernkenwell

The Clerkenwell

The Brits are not necessarily known for their haute cuisine. In fact, I took a trip to London several years back and after fighting for several evenings try...
Spitzer's Corner

Spitzer’s Corner

This joint is like a dream--a dream in which you have to wait an hour for a table, but a dream nonetheless. Stocked with more beers on tap than you could po...
Stanton Public

Stanton Public

How often do you go to a bar where the bartender could confuse one one-legged man loitering outside for another? It so happened that while walking up to Sta...
Festival Mexicano Rsstaurant

Festival Mexicano Restaurant

Quality on a sober scale, it rates no higher than your average Chevy's. To all of you out there who haven't had chain Mexican before, this is hardly a complim...
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Sweet Paradise Lounge

It's kind of like going to drink in Harry Potter's storage closet under the stairs. Yeah, that's an accurate description. Now, never having read the books o...
Brown Cafe

Brown Café

I think I sat on a stump or something at this joint. Or maybe it was some hippy drum. I don't know, but it looked almost as uncomfortable as it was. I was als...