Lower East Side, Manhattan Places

Part of our Manhattan travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Lower East Side, including Museum of Chinese in America, Doughnut Plant and Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue.
  • The best place in Lower East Side Manhattan: Museum of Chinese in America

    Museum of Chinese in America

    215 Centre St
    M 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM, closed Tu-W. $7 adults, $4 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Exhibits on the history and culture of Chinese-Americans.
    Little Italy food nearby
  • Doughnut Plant

    Doughnut Plant

    379 Grand St
    or F, J, M, or Z to Delancey St.; Bus: 14A to Grand St. (last stop westbound)), ☎ +1 212 505-3700. Tu-Su 6:30AM-6:30PM. This ain't no Dunkin' Donuts! Each doughnut costs roughly $2.50, but the place is a really fabulous, artisanal palace (albeit humble-looking) of doughnutry.
    Williamsburg
  • Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue

    12 Eldridge St.
    Su-Th 10AM-5PM, Fri 10AM-3PM. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children (5-18), $15 families, free admission Monday all day. The museum, a non-sectarian cultural organization based in the restored 1887 National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, presents the culture, history and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side drawing parallels with the diverse cultural communities that have settled in America. The museum offers guided tours of the synagogue, new exhibits and programs -- including concerts, neighborhood walking tours and film screenings.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • Uniqlo

    546 Broadway
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. A Japanese clothing store for men and women. This location used to be the retail chain's only North American store.
    Little Italy
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    90 Orchard St.
    Tu-F 11AM-6PM, Sa-Su 10:45AM-6PM, M (visitor center only; no tours) 11AM-5:30PM. Advance tickets recommended as tours sell out quickly.
    Williamsburg eat nearby
  • Pearl Paint

    308 Canal St
    M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Considered by many artists to be the best and least expensive art supply store in New York.
    Lower East Side
  • Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum

    280 Broome Street
    Museum telling the story of Greek Jews located inside the only Romaniote (Greek-speaking) synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Designated a NYC Landmark in 2004.
    Lower East Side food nearby
  • Bluestockings Radical Books

    172 Allen St.
    (between Stanton and Rivington), ☎ +1 212 777-6028. Daily 11AM-11PM. A fun radical feminist bookstore that also has a little cafe and a regular calendar of readings and other events.
    East Village
  • Topshop

    478 Broadway
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Topshop is a women's clothing store that carries all types of clothing. It carries maternity clothing, designers, boutiques, and all sizes. The clothing is really fashion forward, and there have accessories. The main warehouse is in England. You can buy online or go to the store, which has two floors and an escalator. The prices vary, but they tend to run a little bit more on the high side. Items mostly vary from around $50-$90.
    Little Italy
  • Kam Man Food Products

    200 Canal St
  • Aji Ichiban

    Four locations: 37 Mott St
    Hong Kong snack shop, very popular with locals and tourists alike. The staff are friendly and give samples.
    Chinatown
  • New Museum

    235 Bowery
    Mo, Tu closed, We, Fr, Sa, Su 11AM - 6PM, Th 11AM - 9PM. Adults: $16, Seniors: $14, Students: $12, Free: Th 7PM – 9PM. Building designed by award winning Japanese office SANAA. Contemporary art - the 'I don't get it' kind. Temporary exhibitions, also a good bookshop and Sky Room with views (weekends only).
    Little Italy restaurants nearby
  • Pearl River Mart

    477 Broadway
    Vast store of Chinese and other Asian goods: kitchenware, traditional clothing, home furnishing, tea.
    Lower East Side
  • The Performing Garage

    33 Wooster St
    Off-Broadway theater that is the permanent home of experiemntal theater company the Wooster Group.
    Lower East Side eat nearby
  • Bangkok Center Grocery

    104 Mosco St
    This modest-sized store contains a large quantity of Thai goods of various descriptions, and also sells inexpensive prepared sweet and savory items. Friendly, helpful service.
    Chinatown
  • LF Stores

    149 Spring St
    LF Stores is not very big or well known, but it carries some unique items, such that celebrities have shopped here. The prices are a little bit on the high side, depending on the item - for example, shirts cost about $50-$200. The service is wonderful, and the staff is very helpful. Aside from clothing, there are such accessories as jewelry, scarfs, hats, and shoes. The outside of the narrow building is tan, and there is a doorman.
    Lower East Side
  • Lower East Side Visitor Center

    54 Orchard St.
    M-Su 10AM-4PM.
    Williamsburg eat nearby
  • Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

    235 East Broadway
    The LESJC runs both private and public tours of the Jewish Lower East Side. The tours are unique as they take visitors into synagogues rather than just the outside. It is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time as they sell out fast.
    Williamsburg restaurants nearby
  • McNally Jackson Booksellers

    52 Prince St
    M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Formerly McNally Robinson Booksellers, this independent bookstore features an extensive collection of magazines, fiction, and nonfiction. The store also features a cafe, as well as a number of ongoing events, signings, book clubs and discussion groups.
    Little Italy
  • Red Egg

    Red Egg

    202 Centre St
    M-F 11AM-11PM; Sa-Su 10AM-11PM. Roughly $15-22 for dim sum. This restaurant cares about its decor. Its dim sum is perhaps a bit less fancy than Dim Sum Go Go's, but in the opinion of many connoisseurs, it is perhaps the only other place in Chinatown where you can get a delicious, varied dim sum meal.
    Chinatown
  • d.b.a.

    d.b.a.

    41 1st Ave
    , 41 1st Ave (between 2nd and 3rd Sts). 1PM-4AM daily. Has a good selection of beers including many from microbreweries, as well as a bunch of single malt whiskeys, and prices are reasonable for the neighborhood. It can get crazy on Saturday nights, but it's a pleasant, relaxing place on weeknights.
    East Village
  • Katz's Deli

    Katz's Deli

    205 E Houston St
    New York's most iconic deli. Home to the world's greatest pastrami sandwich. Where Harry met Sally. Open late on Thursday night and 24 hrs on the weekend!!
    East Village
  • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

    Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

    65 Bayard St
    Enjoy the "regular" flavors like taro, green tea, lychee, black sesame, mango, and coconut (or the "exotic" flavors like strawberry, vanilla...), and don't neglect the sorbets. Even though there is a Haagen Daaz down the street from this ice cream store, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is the go-to place for ice cream when you visit Chinatown. On a nice, sunny day, you'll most likely find a long line of customers outside the store waiting to purchase their ice cream. That is how popular this store is. The owner experiments and creates his own flavor. A must-visit if you're in Chinatown! If you really like the ice cream, you may purchase one of their 'Chinatown Ice Cream Factory' t-shirt and support them!
    Chinatown
  • The Whiskey Ward

    The Whiskey Ward

    121 Essex St
    (Between Delancey and Rivington. F, J/Z or M train to Delancey/Essex or M14 bus), ☎ +1 212 477-2998. This whiskey specialist bar can be quiet on weekdays. It's a good spot for anyone who enjoys whiskey or/and wants to explore more whiskeys, as they have a selection of unusual bourbons, ryes, Scotches, and Irish whiskeys. The prices for whiskeys that are also found in non-specialist bars may be higher here, but the bartenders are real experts, who can guide you in selecting 3 half-pours for a whiskey flight (or two, if you aren't driving and have the tolerance). The flights are priced as a sum of exactly half the cost of a shot for each whiskey or rye you drink. There are also beers on tap, etc., so if you are with a non-whiskey drinker, do not despair.
    East Village
  • Fay Da Bakery

    Fay Da Bakery

    83 Mott St
    "Baked fresh while you sleep!"
    Chinatown
  • Bowery Ballroom

    Bowery Ballroom

    6 Delancey St
    The Bowery Ballroom is a music venue in the Bowery section of New York City. The structure, at 6 Delancey Street, was built just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. It stood vacant until the end of WWII, when it became a high-end retail store. The neighborhood subsequently went into decline again, and so did the caliber of businesses occupying the space. In 1997 it was converted into a music venue. It has a capacity of 550 people.
    Little Italy eat nearby
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