NYC Neighborhood Guides
Traditionally, the Lower East Side was a working class immigrant neighborhood (think “Gangs of New York”). Today it is a wonderfully ethnic and diverse neighborhood and serves as a shopping, dining and nightlife destination for many NYC locals. Even with all its modern upgrades, the LES retains a large amount of its history, especially it’s Jewish, Polish, Irish and Italian cultures.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum (108 Orchard St, Delancey) – The Tenement Museum celebrates the enduring stories that define and strengthen what it means to be American, focusing on our immigration history. Tours and guided experiences are the only ways to access the historic tenement buildings. Tickets and tours start at $27.
Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue (12 Eldridge St, Canal/Division) – located in the Eldridge St Synagogue, the first built by Eastern European Jews in America (1887). Can only be seen by guided tour. Open Sun-Fri, Adults $14, Students/Seniors $10, Children $8, Children Under 5 Free. Free on Mondays.
Lower East Side Free Weekly Tour (meet in front of Katz’s) – April to Dec, Sundays 11am. If you can’t make one of the live New York Tours, download their free PodTour and guided walking map for and do it yourself! Check Lower East Side for the free tour and leshp.org for other tours, such as “Mafia Walking Tour,” $10-$25.
The New Museum – Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. (235 Bowery at Prince Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets, 1.5 blocks south of Houston). More Info
Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E Houston, Ludlow) – oldest and largest NYC deli, founded in 1888. Always a fight between Katz’s and 2nd Ave deli, for #1 in NYC, but many call it a quintessential NY eating experience and the Pastrami pure heaven, as demonstrated by Meg Ryan in the classic scene from “When Harry Met Sally,” filmed here.
The Ten Bells (247 Broome St, Orchard/Ludlow) – great wine, cheese, oysters, creative food and atmosphere
Clinton St Baking Co (4 Clinton St, Houston) – tiny space, local favorite, especially for breakfast, lunch and brunch, though still gets a crowd for dinner. No reservations accepted, waits up to an hour, cash only until 6pm.
The Pickle Guys (49 Essex), Doughnut Plant (379 Grand St), Kossar’s Bialys (367 Grand) steps away from each other.
Nightlife – hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants located around Ludlow, Rivington, and Stanton. Clinton St is one of the city’s newest and best spots for “foodies.”
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Orchard Street – this used to be the city’s best place for discount clothing, textiles, lingerie (Lolita bra shop at 70 Orchard Street), drapes, upholstery, luggage, coats, hats, scarves, and fake fur. Quality has gone down significantly, as it’s mostly an extension of Chinatown shops today, but it’s still a great place to walk around. Especially Sundays, when traffic is blocked from Delancey to Houston and it becomes a flea market.
Essex Street Market (120 Essex St, Delancey) – opened by Mayor LaGuardia when the city streets were too crowded with pushcart vendors, so he moved them inside.
Economy Candy (108 Rivington St, Ludlow/Essex) – founded in 1937, many say Economy is way better than Dylan’s Candy Bar. Huge variety of candy, from every era, packed from floor to ceiling. It’s not modern or fancy, but it is a NYC classic institution.
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Sister City Hotel
Sister City, opened March 2019. Located in the Bowery (Lower East Side), Sister City offers 200 intimate, efficient rooms, an innovative ground-floor restaurant, Floret, and a rooftop bar. According to their website, "Sister City is an experiment in essentialism — a hotel distilled to its most beautiful, working parts. It gives you shelter from the elements, but orients you to the wider world, too."
citizenM New York Bowery
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- 189 Bowery, NY NY 10002
citizenM New York Bowery is a 300-room sister hotel to the citizenM New York Times Square, very popular and known for it’s super-efficient and modern rooms as well as it’s concept of ‘affordable luxury for the people. All rooms are fitted with a desk, wall-to-wall windows, flat-screen TV, rain showers and small refrigerators. The hotel offers the expansive cloudM rooftop bar, outdoor terrace, and spectacular 360-degree views of New York. Guests rave about the comfy beds as well as the bar and cafe area.
Public Hotel – Lower East Side
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- 215 Chrystie Street
Opened in June 2017, Public offers 367 rooms designed by award winning architects Herzog & DeMeuron and a space with floor to ceiling windows and jaw-dropping views of the city skyline. It has opened to rave reviews of the rooms, comfortable beds, the overall smart and sophisticated vibe, rooftop bar and service. It is an Ian Schrager hotel boasting "luxury for all" – meaning a luxury hotel at a "non-luxury" price point. Rooms start at just $150.
Blue Moon Hotel
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Visitors love this hotel since the rooms are huge by NYC standards. The staff is great and it is surrounded by some of the city’s best dining and nightlife in a historic, yet trendy, area of NYC cannot be beat. The hotel is located along cobble stone streets once occupied by push cart vendors, pickle packers, butchers, and bakers. Now, New York City’s historic past has come to life in the authentic yet modern and comfortable neighborhood hotel.
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The Ludlow has a very bohemian and chic vibe with handmade silk rugs and artisan-crafted Moroccan lamps in every room to complement the tremendous skyline views. A minibar featuring local products is also provided. The en suite bathroom, decked out in marble mosaics, includes a deep soaking bathtub and brass rain shower.
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
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The Hotel Indigo claims to be an urban oasis with breathtaking Manhattan views and spacious accommodations who draws it’s vibe from the LES’s street style, people, galleries, tastes, flavors, libations, sounds, and fashions.
Comfort Inn Lower East Side
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- 136 Ludlow Street
The Comfort Inn Lower East Side is in the heart of one of the city’s areas with the most character. They have a rooftop terrace with views of One World Trade Center and the South Street Seaport, a fitness center, free WiFi and complimentary full hot breakfast with the all-time guest favorite waffle maker!
- J/M/Z or F to Delancey-Essex
- F to East Broadway
- General Address: 232 East 11th St, NY, NY 10003
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