The Lower East Side, NYC is one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighborhoods. The former Bargain District meets your late-night comedy, pastrami-on-rye and tattoo needs as it’s home to some of the best comedy clubs, one of the best New York delis and great tattoo shops. Culturally, the Tenement Museum keeps the area's history alive in a series of restored apartments visited via themed guided tours, but most of the area’s cultural draws are contemporary including the numerous art galleries on the LES.
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Things to do on the Lower East Side
The best Lower East Side restaurants
Just like the neighborhood itself—where Jewish tenements buddies up next to Hispanic pride, where Little Italy seamlessly melts into Chinatown—the culinary offerings available in the Lower East Side are a glorious mixed bag of delectable options. The LES is home to one of the best New York delis, Malaysian breakfast foods, Neopolitan pizza powerhouses and stellar ice cream shops. Take a bite out of the best Lower East Side restaurants. RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Lower East Side
The best bars on the Lower East Side
The Lower East Side is a bar hopper’s paradise, thanks to the sheer volume and diversity of bars in the downtown neighborhood. European suds connoisseurs can find solace at craft beer bars, martini lovers can sidle up to some of the city’s best cocktail bars, and even cider drinkers have a niche spot devoted to their poison of choice. From wine bars to whiskey haunts, these are the best Lower East Side bars in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the Lower East Side