The Lower East Side features a unique juxtaposition of the historical and the modern. You’ll find a great mixture of spots that haven’t changed in many decades, and new haunts that are just designed to look that way. During the day, a walk through the LES will be peppered with high-end boutiques, family owned shops passed through generations, and historical food and religious landmarks. Evenings in the LES feature a great mix of late-night restaurants, trendy lounges, and a thriving live music scene. Thompson LES is located near the intersection of Houston and Allen streets, providing easy access to all the best Lower East Side attractions and activities.
Beauty & Essex
The eclectic cuisine of Beauty & Essex is casually elegant, and designed for sharing at the table with friends and family. This bold bistro has a secretive feeling as you will enter through a pawn shop, into a stunning multi-level bar/lounge and restaurant hide-out.
Pulino’s turns out moderately priced, expertly charred pies, wood oven–roasted Italian dishes, and classic cocktails. Their digs feature subway tile, distressed tin ceilings, and walls lined in liquor bottles.
Schiller's Liquor Bar
A LES mainstay turns out consistent and satisfying continental food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop by late night to enjoy the late supper menu and imbibe with the locals.
Clinton Street Baking Co.
Viewed as a breakfast mecca, this tiny LES American bakery/cafe is filled to the brim on weekends as crowds wait their turn outside to tuck into sublime pancakes and other re-imagined favorites; waits are often more than 1 hour on the weekends but it's worth it!
Have a meatball or three at this packed, pint-sized, spot, which offers hearty fare, cheap tabs and a cozy setting. Beef, pork and chicken, plus pescetarian and vegetarian versions of meatballs are offered, with delicious sauces and sides. Leave room for the delicious ice cream cookie sandwiches.
BMW Guggenheim Lab
Stop by this mobile laboratory which will be traveling to nine major, worldwide cities over the next six years, which is part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space. Admission is free. The lab offers a full calendar of events, workshops and screenings.
Rockwood Music Hall
Rockwood Music Hall has expanded to several stages over the past few years. Expect to hear a variety of tunes played by musicians who rarely request a cover charge. Though most of the acts are “unknowns” you may just catch the next big thing (Lady Gaga performed here).
The Abrons Arts Center
The Abrons Arts Center brings innovative artistic acts to the Lower East Side through diverse performances; exhibitions/artist residencies; classes and workshops for all ages. Some of the most artists of the past century have trained, taught, or performed at Henry Street, including John Cage, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie, Martha Graham, Alicia Keyes, Alwin Nikolais, Jackson Pollock, Denzel Washington, and Orson Welles.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
The New Museum is the only dedicated contemporary art museum in Manhattan. Featuring exhibits of new work by American and international artists, with an emphasis on innovation in a variety of media. The modern, building (a series of rectangular boxes) has a variety of open, fluid, and light-filled spaces, with skylights created by the setbacks between floors.
A Little Wicked
A Little Wicked is your one stop shop for 60’s and 70’s retro. This tiny store is the passion project of its owners Robyn and Bianca Moreno whose obvious love for hippie chic has blossomed into this perfect little boutique. Here you will find everything from jean shorts to fabulous crop tops.
Any Old Iron
A British boutique that embodies the tension between dignity and dishevelment. Here you’ll find blazers made of hefty cashmere with contrasting stitched-on belts, slouchy bluish-gray cardigans that drop almost to the knee as well as variations of funky leather jackets.
If you’re looking for vintage shoes…look no further. This shoe haven is located just steps from Thompson Lower East Side. They carry everything from low heeled pumps in every color you can imagine to leather boots. Also take a look at their blouse-y frocks and adorable retro handbags.
Foley + Corinna
If you're planning a big night out downtown, make sure you stop by this saucy LES boutique to find the perfect dress. Whether you’re looking for sexy or understated you’ll always find something striking and you’ll be sure to stand out in the New York City nightlife crowd, which is no easy task.