LES dinner recs
My fiance and I are travelling from San Diego to your fine city and will be staying in the Lower East Side. We will be there in April for a week and plan to nosh on street food for lunch so that we can spend more for dinner.
I am a vegetarian and he is an all inclusive eater but we would like to avoid paying more than $25 each (not including alcohol).
Can you please provide recommendations for good places to dine in this 'hood that won't break the bank?
Neither one of us is particularly adventurous but we prefer sushi, Italian, Thai, and seafood.
Thank you in advance for your help!
One of my favorite places, both for food and value, is Bruschetteria. It's on Rivington Street between Ludlow and Stanton. You can probably hit your price point even with wine.
For a bit more of a splurge, try Zucco on Orchard just south of Houston.
188 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
92 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Supper is a nice little Italian restaurant that meets all of your criteria.
Other options: Stanton Social (order carefully to stay within budget, though), Essex, Shopsin's (inexpensive, good, HUGE menu).
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
'inoteca would work for you. Shopsin's isn't open for dinner, and although I like Essex Restaurant fine, it's not the place I'd go for my one dinner in the neighborhood.
$25 each sadly isn't much in this town - in most restaurants that'd be the cost of the entree alone. But that said there are some decent places to grab a bite without doing the whole app/entree/dessert dinner.
1. Schiller's Liquor Bar - it's a mob scene at dinner, so it might be best to make a reservation, but it's decently priced bistro food. Any number of entrees under $25 that might even leave you a little $$ to split an appetizer or dessert, too.
2. Frankies 17 Clinton Street Spuntino - great Italian, not terribly expensive, similar price point to Schiller's. Their cavatelli with sausage is one of the neighborhood's great dishes. Good decently priced wine list.
3. Cibao - awesome Cubanos (a/k/a "Cuban Sandiwches") and mofungo - great if you like hearty porky goodness. Split a sandwich and mofungo and the both of you won't feel the need to eat again for a day, all for under $10 total.
4. Pho Grand or Cong Ly - two good place for Pho, a nice filling Vietnamese beef noodle soup. My gf and I will go often, each get a (big) bowl of Pho Tai Gau (with eye of round and brisket) and split an order of spring rolls, and we're out of there for under $20 total.
5. BaoHaus - good Asian steamed buns, a little sweet for my taste but not bad. Not what I'd call a substaintial "dinner" but good for a quick bite before going out.
6. Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop - good sandiwches and salads, filling, nothing fancy but everything is fresh and tasty.
7 EarthMatters - good healthy food place without being too "health food"-ish. A good size salad bar with lots of selections, all very tasty, not your usual steam-table stuff. Great lunch spot.
8. El Maguey y La Tuna - best of the cheaper-end Mexican places in the neighborhood, for my money.
9. Sachiko's on Clinton - the best of the neighborhood sushi, IMHO, though it might be hard to get out for under $25/each. That said, there are some cheaper sushi options around, just not as good.
Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
Frankies 17 Spuntino
17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
Sachiko's on Clinton
25 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
277 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
El Maguey y La Tuna
321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
177 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Oops. Just noticed you're a vegetarian. So cross off some of the above - Cibao, Schiller's, and the Pho places. The Mexican and Italian places, though, will be good. And if you're doing veggie sushi you could certainly do some rolls at Sachiko's for your price range.
72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002