Tuesday, June 21, 2005

CityRag’s Lower East Side Food Tour

CityRag’s Lower East Side Food Tour

The Lower East Side of NY has some of the best eats in the world. delicious ethnic food, beautiful restaurants, amazing bargains, historic icons. when friends visit, we like to take them on a little 1-2 hour walk where we hit the very best spots (the criteria being the eats have to be world class GREAT, and the food has to travel.) you can start at the top or bottom (the 2nd Ave stop on the F train is a perfect place to kickoff.) links with info on each place are provided. additional info can be found in this old post of ours on Chowhound and there's an exclusive CityRag Tour Map at the end!

1 - Donut Plant (on Grand near Norfolk) – fantastic, giant donuts in all kinds of flavors
2 - Kossar’s Bialys (on Grand near Essex) – best bialys in the world! Shop has great old NY feel.
3 - Pickle Guys (on Essex below Grand) – amazing pickle selection, everything is excellent.
4 - Dumpling House (on Eldridge below Broome) – best and cheapest dumplings in the city, what a combo!
5 - Il Labortorio del Gelato (on Orchard above Broome) – delicious gelato made right there, wonderful flavors.
6 - Economy Candy (on Rivington near Ludlow) – all the candy of your childhood dreams and then some, packed in a small, old, family run shop.

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7 - Sugar Sweet Sunshine – (on Rivington east of Essex) best cupcakes in NY.
8 - Castillo De Jagua (on Rivington near Essex) – one of the most excellent Cuban sandwiches around, everything’s good.
9 - Katz’s Deli (on Houston near Ludlow) – best pastrami in the world! great hot dogs, corned beef, brisket. Real deal old NY deli feel.
10 - Russ and Daughters – so much wonderful stuff… bagels, lox, tofu cream cheese, dark chocolate dipped apricots, strudel

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11 - Yonah Schimmel’s – wonderful knishes.

BONUS - printable MAP! - click here to enlarge CityRag’s exclusive Lower East Side Food Tour map!

I've been to most of these places and they really rock. The are what keeps this area it's charm. Donut Plant is the best donuts! I thought Krispy Kremes were the best at one time, but these are just artisanal donuts made from organic ingredients. The dumpling house is a Jason favorite, how can you go wrong with 5 dumplings for $1. And Katz, before Meg Ryan faked an orgasm there, they were saying,"Send a salami to your boy in the Army." Jeez only in NY can you rhyme Salami and Army.

plagarized from cityrag blog


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