Lower East Side

Its ideal location and restless nightlife gives it a free-spirited urban vibe.

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About the Lower East Side, Manhattan

A rare section of quiet waterfront living in a hip community with NYC’s best nightlife


One of New York City’s oldest immigrant neighborhoods, the Lower East Side was originally made up of Federal style row houses, and by the mid-1800s, large areas of tenement housing. Those have been largely replaced by new developments and skyscrapers. Today, spacious high-rise units feature deluxe master suites, gourmet kitchens, and views of the Manhattan skyline and East River waterfront. Buildings offer resort-like amenities including concierge service, entertainment centers, a business center, a bar and lounge, and various recreational facilities.


Taking its cue from the moniker “the city that never sleeps,” the bars, music venues and nightclubs stay open late into the night, even on weekdays. It’s even bustling during the day. The Lower East Side has popular restaurants and cafes that attract New Yorkers from other parts of town. You can still find some quieter low-rise housing in the less-busy parts of the neighborhood, particularly on Suffolk Street and on the waterfront.


What to Love

  • Resort-like condominium amenities 
  • Plenty of restaurants and cafes
  • Full of contemporary art galleries
  • Lively and vibrant nightlife

Local Lifestyle

The Lower East Side is constantly evolving. Its ideal location and restless nightlife gives it a free-spirited urban vibe. During the day, it’s more relaxed and relatively quieter. Residents are an eclectic mix of older immigrant families and trendy hipsters moving in.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Lower East Side is always packed with people from all over New York who are looking for good eats. Bordered by Little Italy and Chinatown, you can find a diverse selection of restaurants here. Congee Village serves authentic family-style Chinese dishes with a tree growing through its two-story restaurant. For homestyle-Thai fare, Wayla uses fresh ingredients and has a delicious cocktail menu. Ernesto’s has a changing menu with exotic Spanish dishes like lamb terrine, magret duck and galician turbot. 


Dhamaka showcases Indian cuisine in a bright, colorful space.  Davelle is a traditional Japanese cafe that specializes in curries, matcha lattes, and yuzu cocktails. Or if you’re craving sushi, Yopparai has caviar and sashimi.  


Dirt Candy is a vegetarian restaurant serving seasonal and inventive tasting menus. The famous Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street is still a local favorite, even after 130 years. Having to make your way through the throng of tourists is always worth the wait. Sweet Chick boasts the best chicken and waffles and other comfort food. 


Dirty French is a bistro and brasserie serving classic dishes. Cibao serves a mix of simple Cuban and Dominican dishes. Wildair has innovative American fare served tapas-style. Dinner on Ludlow has old-fashioned comfort fare. 


For seafood, Cervo’s serves dishes inspired by the coastal cuisine of Spain and Portugal. For upscale dining, Beauty and Essex is a pawn-shop fronted speakeasy lounge with a private dining option. Copper and Oak has world-class liquors set in a small exclusive space.


The Lower East Side is known for its nightlife. The Delancey is a plush lounge with a canopied rooftop and basement performance space. They are open until four a.m. on weekends. Set in a redesigned industrial building, Attaboy serves inventive and classic cocktails. There’s usually a wait to get in and it can get very busy. The Pyramid Club has been open since the 1980’s with dancers and old school entertainment and Garfunkle’s Speakeasy is a 1920s-style speakeasy filled with lush decor.


Things to Do

The Lower East Side offers a variety of live music on smaller, more intimate stages. Arlene’s Grocery hosts rock music acts and live band karaoke. Set on two levels, Pianos has live music and DJs and dancing upstairs. The Slipper Room is a performance theater with regular burlesque, comedy, and magic acts and The Mercury Lounge has been a landmark institution featuring indie headliners since the 1990s.


For green space, residents head to Tompkins Square Park which has basketball courts, dog-friendly areas, and playgrounds and Sara D. Roosevelt Park that has volleyball courts, a soccer field, a community garden, and a vendors’ market.



The Lower East Village is served by New York City Public Schools.


  • P.S. 042 Benjamin Altman
  • P.S. 184m Shuang Wen
  • P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale
  • Pace High School
  • Manhattan Charter School
  • Whitman Middle School


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