Lower East Side Bars, Restaurants and Pizza Joints

Description

Creative Mexican fare with Eastern flavors in hip surrounds with a retro vibe, booths & funky lamps.

Address

151 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

A “neat find” down a “dark alley”, this atmospheric LES lounge “feels like a real speakeasy” with cocktails served in teacups and “beers covered in paper bags” -- “in case the Prohibition agents bust through the door”; though hardly hush-hush at this point, it maintains its “underground vibe” if you're “willing to play the game.” --Zagat

Address

102 Norfolk St

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Late Night Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Go with a group” and “order everything” say fans at this LES New American that puts a “creative spin on classic dishes” via “delicious” share plates; the sleek duplex space may “no longer be a place to be seen”, but it remains “lively”, with an “especially good brunch” and many who “still love the vibe.” --Zagat

Address

99 Stanton Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Earning an “A+ for creativity”, this “so cool” Lower Eastsider from the Tao Group and chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) dispenses “elevated” global street fare offered tapas-style amid “stunning” murals (including one by Shepard Fairey); with a “secret entrance” and a downstairs DJ lounge, it’s got “hip” types “obsessed.” --Zagat

Address

199 Bowery

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Club Fancy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Behind an “extra-cool” hidden entrance in a pawn shop, this “vibrant” LES resto-lounge draws a “glam crowd” to “splurge” on “imaginative” New American bites in a bi-level space that “truly is a beauty”; if you “don’t mind a bit of shameless trendiness” (free champagne in the ladies’ room is a “nice touch”), it “does impress.” --Zagat

Address

146 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Social Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant