Other Lower East Side Hot Spots to Check Out
Ask any local where to get the best pastrami, and you’ll get the same answer: Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s, established in 1888, was a community tradition and focal point for millions of immigrant families throughout the 1900s. This family-owned deli still offers the original, legendary staples of sandwiches, platters, and meats.
Maintaining their reputation as a community staple, enjoy delicious menu items like:
- Katz’s pastrami sandwich: A fresh, juicy, hand-carved pastrami, promised to be one of the largest and best sandwiches you’ll ever have.
- Round knish: A traditional Jewish indulgence, a knish is a dough-based snack that is typically baked and covered in a filling. At Katz’s, you have the choice of potato, broccoli, spinach, or kasha.
- Reuben sandwich: A well-known staple, this sandwich is a delicious layering of corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut. Dying to try their famous pastrami? Opt to switch out the corned beef!
The Bowery Ballroom
The Lower East Side is well-known for its trendy, hipster dive bars and shops. The Bowery Ballroom is a nightlife grunge destination for contemporary music enthusiasts to view the brightest stars of the genre.
There are three floors for guests to venture before, during, and after the sets, and each floor has its own bar with a wide selection of on-tap and bottled beers, wine, and spirits. Each floor also has an up-close view of the live music, making the audience feel like they’re in the thick of the action!
Shows usually begin an hour after the venue opens, so take this time to grab a few drinks and enjoy the authentic, grungy atmosphere of the venue before the headliner takes the stage. Afterward, take to the streets, grab a bite to eat, and keep the night alive!
The Flower Shop
A trendy dive-bar, The Flower Shop is a restaurant and bar consisting of an upstairs dining room and a lower-level lounge. This 70s-themed destination is great if you’re looking for somewhere to partake in great conversation.
When visiting, you can expect menu items like:
- Fish and chips: Fresh, line-caught cod paired with tartar sauce and mushy peas, accented with malt vinegar.
- Fried buttermilk chicken: Organic, hormone-free chicken, humanely raised on family farms in the Amish country, fried and served with spicy honey.
- Bucatini and meatballs: A heavenly plate of bucatini pasta, Ste-Warn Farms beef, and pomodoro sauce, topped with fresh parmesan and olive oil.
After dinner, take some time to enjoy a glass of wine or specialty cocktail in the lounge, or snag a pool table and challenge your friends to a game.
Max Fish is recognized as one of the first bars to open in the Lower East Side, making it one of the most iconic bars in the area. They recently relocated to their current, larger event space to accommodate live music and monthly art shows. Trendy and low-key, this is a great destination if you’re looking to get the sought-after Manhattan experience.
Indulge in budget-friendly drinks, groove to electronic music, or get the chance to meet one of the many celebrities Max Fish is known to host at this dive-bar. Spot famous interior decor, like the cigarette-shaped light fixture or the old, beat-up pool table.