The area is a bar/restaurant/art mecca that has recently seen the boost of a lot of trendy clothing stores and several really good hotel. Still a little rough and not as chic as SoHo but with a great atmosphere that reminds a little about how it was in New York 20 years ago.
Hotel on Rivington is one of the hotels that give you the best view of the Lower East Side and the East River, with windows that goes from floor to ceiling. Even when you stand in the shower, you have an awesome view over Manhattan.
Lower East Side is a fairly compact area, making it easy to find your way around. Orchard and Ludlow Street are the main streets and also Stanton Street and Rivington. If you go to the north of Ludlow it will take you to the East Village, go west on East Houston and you will get to NoLita (North of Little Italy) and SoHo.
A small selection of places we reommend:
Tapas, tapas, tapas, and even more delicious tapas dishes. Yummy sangria and great service. Really nice outdoor seating in the courtyard.
60 Clinton Street
Brick walls, rustic floor and a large assortment of both vintage and new clothes for men. Very unique clothing.
170 Ludlow Street
Music, coffee and beer mixed together in a nice atmosphere. On a small stage, one can see movies, live concerts with punk, metal and rock bands, and listen to their in house DJ.
152 Ludlow Street
Much focus on denim and jeans in all possible models. Choose fabric, thread, pockets and style and you will get a couple of customized jeans sewn. For those who need a break from jeans hunting there is a small bar at the back which serves complimentary tea, coffee and sodas.
90 Orchard Street
Hideaway restaurant/bar at the end of Freeman Alley, with good food, cool atmosphere and delicious cocktails. On the way out, treat yourself to an affordable haircut or even a new shirt at Freemans Sporting Club.
Old school barber when you need a shave or cut your hair. Fantastic fine old-fashioned environment.
8 Rivington Street
Former brothel, now a popular club with some of the atmosphere left.
302 Broome Street
Have you seen the movie When Harry Met Sally? Then you should visit Katz because this is where Meg Ryan had her famous fake orgasm. You can even eat at the same table. Katz is also known for its sandwiches with pastrami.
205 East Houston Street
B4 it was Cool
A really cool lamp shop filled with antique lamps, mainly American, luminaires and other things in corneal abrasion.
89 E. Houston Street
Street wear, sneakers, gagdets, magazines in a cool interior.
151 Orchard Street
Super-soft t-shirts, nice shirts, underwear, socks and of course, lots of khaki clothing, all in 100% cotton and chill out colors.
254 Broome Street
The owners have put all their soul to find just the right denim fabrics and apart from what they produce, they have some famous brands such as Swedish Nudie, (one of my favorites), Imperial Denim, Sling & Stones, The Strike Gold; Iron Heart and more.
157 Orchard Street
The Stanton Social
Trendy, sexy and fabulous hors d’oeuvres, which is good because then you can try many. Luxurious lounge feel with a relaxed atmosphere.
99 Stanton Street