How to spend the perfect day in the Lower East Side, NYC

Lower East Side, NYC (the former Bargain District) meets your late-night comedy, pastrami- on-rye and tattoo needs
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By Jennifer Picht |
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Spending the day in the Lower East Side, NYC? Excellent choice. The fashion-forward area, formerly known as the Bargain District, is hopping with nightlife and entertainment, including great comedy clubs, live music and major concerts. Whether you’re looking to kill time before a show, or need something to do after drinking your way through the bars in the Lower East Side, here are our top three suggestions.

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Where to eat, shop and what to do in the Lower East Side, NYC

Restaurants, Seafood

Do: Grey Lady

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The Grey Lady is anything but dull, especially on Tuesdays, when the eatery is lively with laughter during its free comedy night (9pm). On August 14, Gary Gulman (as seen on Netflix) and Mark Normand (Comedy Central) will share their best jokes while you munch on seafood delights like the Lady’s Lobster Roll or the bacon-wrapped scallops.

Photograph: Courtesy Gabi Porter
Bars, Cocktail bars

Drink: Bar Belly

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Take advantage of the daiquiri days of summer while the weather still suits tropical cocktails. (If we’re being honest, it’s always tiki time.) This cozy oyster bar stirs up a sweet, refreshing iteration, the Pineapple Express, made with pineapple rum, lime juice and pineapple syrup. We’re licking our lips just thinking about it.

Venue says Cozy eatery serving oysters, snacks & drinks in vintage-inspired digs with live music & DJ nights.

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Photograph: Anna Simonak
Shopping, Womenswear

Shop: Grit n Glory

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This rock & roll shop sells kickin’ merchandise like Grateful Dead and Blondie shirts. Fittingly, it also offers tattoos thanks to professional inker and TV personality Megan Massacre. Book an appointment to get tatted on-site (prices start at $200), then scoop up some edgy apparel and accessories to match your new, badass art.

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