The Edible Guide

Our picks for where to eat, drink and shop in the city.

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Copper & Oak

Copper & Oak has established itself as the downtown place, par excellence, to explore a stunning variety of spirits without the pretension.

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Formaggio Kitchen

This year formaggio brand cheese is celebrating 25 years of making award winning italian cheese products. Formaggio makes fresh mozzarella the way it was…

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Sauce

Red gravy & red meat are the focus at this rustic Southern Italian restaurant with butcher shop, the fourth restaurant of Frank Prisinzano and…

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Dinner on Ludlow

“Our goal is to offer the Lower East Side a dining experience using the freshest ingredients without breaking the bank,” says operating partner Paul…

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Wildair

The team behind Contra has opened a casual spinoff: Wildair is a small eatery in the Lower East Side that focuses on seasonal produce…

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Sons of Essex

Sons of Essex serves up hearty, American comfort food and the true essence of the Lower East Side in equal measure. It’s decorated with…

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Caracas Arepa Bar

Caracas Arepa Bar has been serving Venezuelan arepas on East 7th Street since 2003. Join them in our cozy dining room for lunch and dinner specials everyday, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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The Fat Radish

This hipstervore haunt is situated on an out-of-the-way Lower East Side block that mostly goes dark at night, yet the location doesn’t seem to deter the cool-kid clientele who pack the high-ceilinged, exposed-brick room nightly. The Fat Radish is a spinoff of A-list catering company Silkstone, and it’s easy to imagine some veggie-centric menu items—olive-oil dressed sliced radishes, roasted carrots and seaweed with crisp kale bits—being passed around at downtown fashion parties. — Jenny Miller

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B&H Dairy

With its primary-colored 1950s plastic sign proclaiming “Better Health,” B&H diner is a relic from a time when the East Village was more working class Ukrainian than privileged university undergrads. The shoebox-sized kosher dairy restaurant is one of many that once peppered Manhattan. Today, more than 60 years since it opened (and despite its lapsed kosher certification), a largely Hispanic staff continue to turn out Yiddish comfort-staples: crisp latkes, knishes the size of pillbox hats, and plump pierogis your bubby might serve.

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