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Eating on the Lower East Side

By Ashley Bode | May 24, 2012

Photo: Payton Chung

Photo: Payton Chung

While Harlem has some great advantages, there is a different, yet slightly similar appeal to another neighborhood with an equally rich cultural background; the Lower East Side.

LES does not always have the prettiest streets, the most convenient of bus routes or the glitz and glam of some other neighborhoods, but what it lacks in those departments it makes up for in authenticity, grittiness and character. During the day it is like any other neighborhood; bodegas are on every corner with the community cat taking perch, sandwich shops serve up lunch and boutiques sell the best commodities they have to offer. At night, the neighborhood’s lights attract New Yorkers away from their homes and to the vibrant scene that gives this town the nickname, The City that Never Sleeps.

This is an old neighborhood, one with residents that have never left, stores that have stayed open for decades and a deli that has been in business since 1888. It was once a farm, then a tenement neighborhood, then a working-class Jewish community that now shares the streets with Latinos, Chinese, Bangladeshis, Japanese, Ukranians and countless other immigrants.This was once called Little Germany, Corlears Hook and Crown Point. Now its comprised of the East Village, NoLIta, Chinatown, Alphabet City, Bowery and Little Italy. This is the neighborhood of immigrants, the history of America.

Any history buff would find days worth of exploring in this part of town, the Tenement Museum on Delancey and Orchard offers a wonderful series of walking tours, but truly the best love affair to have with this neighborhood is found in restaurants. There is no other part of the city that showcases such a wide selection of food in a radius of this size. Read More

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Eating on The Lower East Side, Part III: Culinary Giants

By admin | January 4, 2012

Photo: wallyg

Photo: wallyg

By: Ashley Bode

When it comes to food, the Lower East Side is mostly recognized as an area in Manhattan staying true to its immigrant roots, keeping the traditions and history of the city alive. But there’s a new, younger crew of LES eaters and restaurateurs that help maintain the neighborhood’s relevance and food destination label.

Nighttime down on Clinton Street can almost have a sleepy feel to it, for a Manhattan neighborhood. Only blocks away from the rowdy bar-goers and Houston traffic, the sidewalks are relatively quiet and the shop windows dimly lit. Here you’ll find two of the neighborhood’s best spots. The first, WD50 is more than noteworthy. WD50 is the award winning brainchild of Wylie Dufresne Read More

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Eating on the Lower East Side, Part II: Cheap Eats

By admin | December 7, 2011

Photo: roboppy

Photo: roboppy

By: Ashley Bode

Downtown there is a feast to be had. An abundance of choices can leave the average foodie wondering if they made the best decision at meal time or it can leave them ready to plan their next meal.  The Lower East Side is home to many inexpensive eats that are worth the trek downtown, I suggest you make a trip of it.

One of the benefits of LES lies strictly in history. Like I discussed last week, this neighborhood was the original working class immigrant neighborhood in NYC.  Read More

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Eating on the Lower East Side, Part I: Sammy’s

By admin | November 30, 2011

Photo: Payton Chung

Photo: Payton Chung

By: Ashley Bode

While Harlem has some great advantages, there is a different, yet slightly similar appeal to another neighborhood with an equally rich cultural background; the Lower East Side. Personally, I split my time between Harlem, Midtown and LES, with most time spent at the later two. Not nearly as many hours are in Harlem as I would prefer, but I find LES to be a nice compromise.

LES does not always have the prettiest streets, the most convenient bus routes, or the  glitz and glam of some other neighborhoods, but what it lacks in those departments it makes up for in authenticity, grittiness, and character. During the day it is like any other neighborhood; bodegas are on every corner with the community cat taking perch, sandwich shops serve up lunch and boutiques sell the best commodities they have to offer. At night, the neighborhood’s lights attract New Yorkers away from their homes and to the vibrant scene that gives this town the nickname, The City That Never Sleeps. Read More

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