Looking for a really cool spot on the LES with a retro vibe and zingy Asian/Mexican small plates? Take a trip downtown to sample Chef Alex Lopez eats at Tijuana Picnic.
The Fat Radish is young, hip, and rather delicious.
Must try: Spicy Red Chili Ramen, Lancaster Okonomiyaki
Must try: Chocolate Cupcake, Caramel Tart
Sweet Buttons on the Lower East Side is as cute a place as it sounds. Home to bite sized desserts, these tiny treats offer customers the opportunity to indulge more than just one dessert.
Housed in a fun space adorned with purple polka dots and sparkles, even the cupcakes shine with edible glitter. Offering everything from cupcakes, tarts, puddings and so on, one can really experiment with flavors and textures here.
The price point is great and the goods are really tasty, I think Sweet Buttons is definitely worth being checked out.
Here is some of what we ate:
Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Service: ☆☆ ½
Must try: Poutine, Mac and Cheese Pancake
Ambiance: ☆☆ ½
Must try: Kakori Kabab, Dahi Puri, Lamb Biryani, Gobhi Manchurian
(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)
Must try: Kippered Salmon, Scottish Salmon, Smoked Sturgeon
I recommend: Burgers, Fried Egg Bourguinon,
Must try: Charred Eggplant
Must try: Bruschette, Lasagnette Di Melanzane
Ambiance: ☆ ½
Must try: Kuaytiaw Khua Kai
Economy Candy located on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a New York institution that has been around since 1937. Owned by Jerry Cohen, this sweet stop is stacked with floor to ceiling racks filled with every imaginable kind of candy.
Must try: PB&J, Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish
Food: ☆☆☆ ½
Good for: kids, foodies, small plates, hip cheap eats
Dishes not to miss: Spicy pork slider with pesto sauce, ice-cream sandwich
Special notes: Cramped quarters/ not good for large groups, long waits unless you go right at opening time, open until 4:00 AM Thursday through Saturday, and until 2:00 AM every other day of the week.
The Meatball Shop on Stanton Street is a shrine dedicated to one of America’s favorite Italian imports – the meatball!
The concept is so simple and the execution so clever – it blows my mind.
Known for the best chocolate chip cookie in town, this cute little Lower East Side coffee haven is definitely worth stopping off at. The cookies are good – but not the best I’ve had. Their stuff is very fresh as all the baking is done on the premises.
Every cup of coffee is brewed fresh and it smells like heaven in here. The founder of The Roasting Plant has developed a unique system to deliver the freshest cup of coffee to every customer.
Here is an excerpt from their website which explains how it works:
“To accomplish this unique innovation, founder Mike Caswell spent six years testing and developing Roasting Plant Javabotô, a patented automation system that ensures maximum freshness and peak flavor. While roasting each type of bean, the system monitors crucial factors such as airflow, temperature, and humidity. Perfectly roasted beans then travel through vacuum tubes, untouched by human hands, until they’re ground and brewed to your specific order.”
Though the space is tiny, they are well equipped with little plug points for customers to sit with their laptops and a cup of coffee to work or play all day! Stop by for sure…if you are ever in the neighborhood!
As a foodie, I find the Lower East Side so charming. Quaint little food shops and restaurants are popping up all over the place and I for one just love to explore it all.
One of my most interesting recent finds was the Hester Street Fair located at Hester and Essex Street.
The Hester Street Fair is a brand new street fair, which is modeled on the Brooklyn Flea. At this hip little market one can find everything from macarons to men’s shirts!
Strolling around Chinatown one day, my interest was piqued by the hustle bustle at a neat looking dumpling house. That’s how I discovered Vanessa’s Dumpling House on Eldridge Street. Vanessa’s works like a well-oiled machine and is run by an all women crew – love that! Read the rest of this entry