Neighborhood Guides

Lower East Side

The Lower East Side is an authentic New York City neighborhood in the realest sense. There is nothing polished or polite about it and its chaotic energy appeals to anyone who thrives on late nights and a live-and-let-live lifestyle.

At a Glance

The narrow streets of the Lower East Side were once lined with tenement buildings, shirt factories and bialy shops. Although a few vestiges of the neighborhood's immigrant heritage remain, many of the tenement buildings have been updated and now offer relatively affordable rental options to young New Yorkers looking to live right in the thick of Downtown Manhattan. There's no getting around it - the LES is a major nightlife destination. In this part of the city, last call is late and often negotiable -- especially if you're a regular. On weekend nights, the neighborhood is packed as crowds overflow from the local bars and take to the streets in search of a late-night falafel fix before heading onto the next party. During the day, the neighborhood chills out as residents nurse their hangovers or head to work slowly after stopping at one of the area's many trendy juice bars or coffee shops.


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The Mood

Eclectic, noisy and both edgy and irreverent, the Lower East Side mixes highbrow and lowbrow.

Heart of the Neighborhood

Once a bodega, Arlene's Grocery is a dive bar and music venue that's come to define the Lower East Side's nightlife scene.

Neighborhood Quirk

The LES is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and has been home to many different groups of immigrants including Eastern European Jews and later many Latinos who dubbed the area "Loisaida."

Best Perk

The Lower East Side is truly a 24/7 kind of place. Whether you're looking for a last-minute concert, a nightcap or a slice of pizza for breakfast - the LES has you covered.

Biggest Downside

The Lower East Side is not a place to go for beautiful tree-lined blocks as the area severely lacks in green space.

By the Numbers

Housing stock in the LES is primarily comprised of tenement-style apartment buildings. As such, the properties tend to be walk-ups with unique, if outdated, layouts. Prices for these types of units were once on par with their quality, but the neighborhood has grown increasingly expensive.

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Food & Drink

The Lower East Side is one of the city’s best and most diverse neighborhoods for eating and drinking. Your options will run the gamut from super-trendy restaurants with celebrity chefs to hole-in-the-wall dive bars.

Sweet Chick

American (Traditional)

More fancy than your average fried chicken joint, Sweet Chick serves up inspired takes on classic Southern favorites.


American (New), Cocktail Bars

Highbrow meets lowbrow at Wassail, a cider bar that offers up an extensive list of brews as well as modern British food.

Barrio Chino

Mexican, Bars

Barrio Chino perfectly mixes the diverse roots of the LES with its penchant for trendy cocktail bars. The eclectic menu fuses Chinese and Latin flavors.

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