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Top Choice Museum in East Village & Lower East Side

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

This museum puts the neighborhood’s heartbreaking but inspiring heritage on full display in three re-created turn-of-the-20th-century tenement apartments, including the late-19th-century home and garment shop of the…
Top Choice Museum in East Village & Lower East Side

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Rising above the neighborhood, the New Museum of Contemporary Art is a sight to behold: a seven-story stack of off-kilter, white, ethereal boxes designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of…
Top Choice Noodles in East Village & Lower East Side

Momofuku Noodle Bar

With just 30 stools and a no-reservations policy, you'll always have to wait to cram into this bustling phenomenon. Queue for the namesake special: homemade ramen noodles in broth, served with poached egg and pork b…
Top Choice Street in East Village & Lower East Side

St Marks Place

One of the most magical things about New York is that every street tells a story, from the action unfurling before your eyes to the dense history hidden behind colorful facades. St Marks Place is one of the best str…
Top Choice American in East Village & Lower East Side

Clinton Street Baking Company

Mom-and-pop shop extraordinaire, Clinton Street Baking Company gets the blue ribbon in so many categories – best pancakes (blueberry!), best muffins, best po’boys (Southern-style sandwiches), best biscuits etc – tha…
Japanese in East Village & Lower East Side

Ivan Ramen

After creating two thriving ramen hotspots in Tokyo, chef Ivan Orkin brought his concept to the Big Apple. And while the title of best ramen in NYC is hotly contested, this izakaya-style spot (a Japanese pub serving…
Antiques in East Village & Lower East Side

Obscura Antiques

This small cabinet of curiosities pleases both lovers of the macabre and inveterate antique hunters. Here you’ll find taxidermied animal heads, tiny rodent skulls and skeletons, butterfly displays in glass boxes, Vi…
Bar in East Village & Lower East Side

Ten Bells

This charmingly tucked-away tapas bar has a grotto-like design, with flickering candles, dark tin ceilings, brick walls and a U-shaped bar that's an ideal setting for a conversation with a new friend.
Club in East Village & Lower East Side


Like a secret bunker hidden beneath the ever-gentrifying streets of the East Village, Berlin is a throwback to the neighborhood's more riotous days of wildness and dancing. Once you find the unmarked entrance, head …
Fashion & Accessories in East Village & Lower East Side

Tictail Market

Tictail Market is located on a corner on the Lower East Side, but it specializes in clothing, accessories, trinkets and art from around the world. All products are sourced directly from the designers and artists so …