NYC- A foodie guide to the Lower East Side

  Posted by - August 9, 2014 - CynEats Foodie Guide, New York, Restaurants, Travel

Newwwww Yooorrrrkkk.

I think I’m in love.

So today was spent exploring the lower east side and if you live here, I’m jelly.

There’s so much good food everywhere. Literally.

Like. On one street…(my new FAV street in NY) has much good food.

And it turns out, that 3/6 of the places I wanted to try was on the same damn street.

Cool right?

Yeah I thought so too.

Here was our first stop:

Clinton St. Baking Co.

4 Clinton St. Ny, Ny 10002

Clinton St. Bakery

Arguably, one of the BEST breakfast spots in NY.

We had the farmers plate, eggs bene, and their “special” waffle of the day.

Voted “Best Pancakes” by New York Mag…“New York’s #1 breakfast spot” by Lonely Planet…“Best Brunch” by Time Out New York…

….and the list goes on.

So. As you can imagine, the lines are super RIDIC (like 2hr wait times). Honestly, the food was good… but nothing spectacular (maybe I’m spoiled  living in SF?). For a real New York experience, I’d prefer to go to Katz or Russ & Daughters right down the street (more deets on them below!)

Side: it’s cash only and gratuity is already included.

Katz’s Delicatessen

205 E. Houston St. Ny, Ny 10002


The pastrami sandwich here is unreal. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Think: warm, juicy, savory thick cuts of meat piled on top of soft rye bread.. OMG so good.

The pastrami is so moist, that it just flakes apart in your mouth. Katz’s is also a staple NY eatery that is a MUST visit for any tourist.

Side: it’s right down the street from Clinton St. Bakery/ 5 min walk).

Russ & Daughters

179 E. Houston St. Ny, Ny 10002

Russ & Daughters

They seriously have the most amazing bagel and lox in the entire city.

Their selection of smoked and cured salmon is the BEST I’ve ever had & it practically melts in your mouth.

How it works: you pick your freshly made bagel, you pick your type of salmon (tons of options), and you pick all your toppings/cream cheese.

We had the everything bagel, with caviar cream cheese, and New Zealand King salmon. SOOO yummm.

Side: it’s a couple stores down from Katz (3 min walk)

Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St. Ny, Ny 10002

The Donut Plant NYCI know these aren’t the healthiest things in the world, but heyyyyyy you gotta live a lil’. ESP on vacay.

They have awesome flavors like: crème brulee, chocolate hazelnut, and peanut butter & jelly. I had the blueberry, which satisfied my sweet tooth for the day.

So. To sum it all up, I seriously ate wayyyy tooooo much today… so much, that it’s almost embarrassing.

Like. I was so full that I had to sit down for a sec.

uhm, how cute is this coffee shop tho? Found it on my walk to the donut shop LOLz.

Anyway, for all you foodies out there visiting NY, definitely visit the lower east side for some awesome fun foodie ventures.

Tip: make sure to go with friends so that you can try all these places and SHARE everything. Oh, and wear something flowy!

Did I miss anything? Let me know so I can try it out next time!




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  • Rodney H. January 7, 2015 - 4:38 pm Reply

    It’s too bad Korzo Haus closed down over there. Their Deep Fried Slovakian Burgers are amazing!! To me that was the best burger I had in NYC. Yes, even better than Shake Shack. Fortunately, their Brooklyn location is still around. Try them out next time you go over here.

    • CynEats January 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm Reply

      That sounds amazing! Will def put that on my foodie list for next time! Thanks for the rec :)

  • Dan blankenship August 13, 2014 - 9:28 pm Reply

    East 7th Street between Ave a and 2 Ave is a amazing block. Get a porchetta sandwich and a side order of roasted potatoes with crunchy pieces of pork skin at Porchetta. Then head over to Lukes lobster for a lobster roll( His father owns a lobster boat in maine and that’s where he gets his lobster from). Then right next store to Lukes is a amazing Arepa spot called Caracas Arepa bar simply delicious. If your still hungry when you get to 1st Ave make a right and go get some curry wurst and a nice germen beer at Wechsler’s. ENJOY

    • CynEats August 16, 2014 - 6:45 am Reply

      WOW. That’s freakin awesome. I’ll have to check all those places out next time! Thanks for the tip <3

  • Gina August 13, 2014 - 7:49 am Reply

    Agreed. Katz is pretty much the best pastrami sandwich that ever happened!

  • Christie August 12, 2014 - 12:50 pm Reply

    Did you try the creme brulee one from doughnut plant??

    • CynEats August 13, 2014 - 7:52 am Reply

      No. All I could handle was the blueberry at the time! Definitely trying creme brulee next time I visit!

  • Shelly August 11, 2014 - 12:57 am Reply

    Yumm! Looks like you hit up all the best spots in LES! Re: Clinton Street Bakery, I think you have to try the pancakes next time because that’s what I would go there for :) If you ever eat pancakes that good in SF, you’re going to have to let me know so I can try it when I head to the Bay! -Shelly

    • CynEats August 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm Reply

      Hey Shelly,

      Thanks for all your recs earlier! And dannggg, I didn’t get to try the pancakes…next time for sure! Let me know whenever you’re in SF, I’ll return the favor :)

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