New York - Around Town : Lower East Side and East Village (part 2) - Bargain Stores and Boutiques, Restaurants

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East Side Exploration


From the Delancey Street subway walk south to Grand Street and Kossar’s Bialys Bakery,367 Grand , famous for chewy, onion-flavored rolls, or the Doughnut Plant, 379 Grand, where the oversize cakes achieve gourmet status. Walk east for two historic houses of worship, the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue and the Bialystoker Synagogue.

Return along East Broadway, passing the Henry Street Settlement at No. 281, in three restored Federal buildings. The gallery at the Educational Alliance, No. 197, has good art and photography exhibits. Walk to Orchard for Guss’ Pickles, and pick up a bargain at the shops here. If you’re hot, try one of the 50 flavors of ice cream at il Laboratorio del Gelato at 95 Orchard , or continue to East Houston Street, and have lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen , a New York institution.


After lunch, walk uptown on 2nd Avenue. Turn left on East 6th to visit the Ukrainian Museum, a small and hidden gem of costumes and culture. Walk to St. Mark’s Place, browsing through the funky shops and bars on your way, and then walk east again on Stuyvesant Street, admiring the landmark townhouses of the Renwick Triangle. Lastly, stop at St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church, one of the oldest in the city, where you can pay your respects to Peter Stuyvesant’s grave.

Bargain Stores and Boutiques

  1. Zarin Fabric Home Furnishings

    Since 1936 this mammoth showroom and workshop has provided fabrics and upholstery to the public at wholesale prices.

    • 314 Grand St

  2. Frock

    Stylish women on a budget will find designer fashion including Dior and Valentino at this vintage boutique.

    • 148 Orchard St

  3. The Dressing Room

    More than just a boutique. It showcases the work of young designers, offers a clothing exchange, and also has a cocktail bar with live DJ sets.

    • 75A Orchard St

  4. Hairy Mary’s

    As you may tell from the name, Hairy Mary’s is a fun place. The shop carries both vintage and “reconstructed” outfits, coats and accessories, ranging from punk back to more modest eras.

    • 149 Orchard St

  5. Coat of Arms

    This unusual shop offers vintage hip-hop-styled pieces along-side contemporary streetwear.

    • 43 Clinton St

  6. Giselle

    Four floors of designer clothing by European names such as Valentino, Escada, and Ungaro, promising 20 to 30 percent off retail.

    • 143 Orchard St

  7. A.W. Kaufman

    Fine quality European lingerie is sold at an excellent price with personalised service. This third-generation store, established in 1924, offers a range of underwear for men and women, and some stunning bridal sets.

    • 73 Orchard St

  8. Jodamo

    An extensive range of European designer menswear can be found in this large store, including Versace, Valentino and Missoni, as well as leather goods and shoes.

    • 321 Grand St

  9. Altman Luggage

    From computer cases to carry-ons, brand names like Lark, TravelPro, and American Tourister are sold for less at this well-stocked emporium.

    • 135 Orchard St

  10. Harris Levy

    One of the last survivors of what used to be rows of discount stores selling linens for table, bed, and bath. European linens and home accessories are a specialty at this store.

    • 98 Forsyth St


  1. Schiller’s Liquor Bar

    An eclectic menu is served at this French-inspired restaurant, the latest by Keith McNally. Arrive early for dinner if you don’t want to wait. Brunch is also very good.

    • 131 Rivington St at Norfolk St

    • 212 260 4555

  2. Katz’s Delicatessen

    Savor a pastrami sandwich on rye here, and you’ll understand why New York delis are famous.

    • 205 East Houston St at Ludlow St

    • 212 254 2246

    Katz’s Delicatessen
  3. Sammy’s Roumanian

    It looks like a Jewish wedding every night. Chopped liver and shmaltz will freak your cholesterol level, but you’ll enjoy every minute.

    • 157 Chrystie St

    • 212 673 0330

    • No vegetarian options

  4. WD-50

    A hip, foodie café famous for the exciting creations of chef Wylie Dufresne. Be prepared to wait.

    • 50 Clinton St, between Rivington & Stanton Sts

    • 212 477 2900

  5. Le Père Pinard

    A fine place to relax with wine and French bistro fare in the heated garden out back.

    • 175 Ludlow St, between Houston & Stanton Sts

    • 212 777 4917

  6. Veselka

    A funky Ukrainian diner serving borscht, blintzes, and pierogis for a pittance. Tables at the back are quieter.

    • 144 2nd Ave at 9th St

    • 212 228 9682

  7. The Dumpling Man

    The handmade pork, chicken, and vegetarian dumplings are a big draw. Save room for the shaved ice dessert.

    • 100 St Mark’s Place

    • 212 505 2121

  8. La Palapa

    Authentic Mexican regional cuisine and great margaritas in a beautifully decorated dining room.

    • 77 St Mark’s Place, between 1st & 2nd Aves

    • 212 777 2537

  9. Prune

    Updated homestyle American is the game here, which translates to dishes like lamb chop with leeks and braised potatoes. Reliably crowded; brunch is also a hit.

    • 54 East 1st St, between 1st & 2nd Aves

    • 212 677 6221

  10. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

    This popular spot serves American food that usually veers through Korea or Asia on its way to the plate. Offal often figures in. Don’t be scared, though – it’s all delicious.

    • 207 2nd Ave at 13th St

    • 212 254 3500

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