The Flower Shop feels sort of like a Tao for people who think Tao is lame. It’s a restaurant/bar on the Lower East side, with a dining room upstairs and a lounge down below. The whole place has a 70’s retro theme, and the downstairs looks like your grandparents’ basement. There’s even a nice pool table. The menu is a pretty standard mix of fried chicken/steak tartare/little gem salad, but it all sort of feels beside the point. You can get dinner here, sure, but the bar seems like the main thing. So head downstairs and try to snag the pool table. Or grab a few seats in the corner and pretend you’re at a house party four decades ago.
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7 Elephants is a takeout-only Thai spot on East Broadway that makes a delicious, peanutty massaman curry.
Patacon Pisao is a tiny spot on the LES serving Venezuelan street food such as patacons (sandwiches with plantain discs in place of bread).
You’ll leave Gem on the Lower East Side excited for the future of vegetables, meat, and dining out.
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Landmark Diner is a time capsule in Soho that you should rely on for cheap eggs and pancakes.
Westville’s Dumbo spot is just as good for a quick and healthy meal as the other locations, with the added bonus of being close to the Brooklyn Bridge
The Bounty is a ship-themed restaurant, but we promise it’s not corny. Take advantage of their $1 oyster happy hour.
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Dimes is a good little LES restaurant, as long as you’re on a first name basis with the staff. If not, expect to be treated like the stranger you are.
Home Sweet Home
If you need to go out and dance on the Lower East Side, Home Sweet Home is, at this point, a classic option. It's divey, but there's big disco ball.
Hotel Chantelle is where you go when it's your 21st birthday and you need to dance because your internship is totally stressing you out.
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