LOWER EAST SIDE
Asian restaurants are taking over New York’s food scene. We’ve featured numerous Japanese, Chinese and Korean restaurants, so it’s time to complete the cycle with a popular Malaysian eatery in the Lower East Side: Nyonya.
Tucked away in Little Italy, Nyonya offers a palette of authentic Malaysian cuisine at an affordable price. Malaysia is a little country in Southeast Asia that brims with an eclectic array of food, thanks to its deep cultural roots in Chinese, Malay and Indian ethnicities. Malaysian food plays with colors and flavors so each dish has a personality of its own.
Eating soba is an art in itself. It’s not complicated, but certain measures should be taken to ensure the best experience.
Soba — literally translating into buckwheat in Japanese — is often served chilled with a dipping sauce, because unlike other noodles, soaking soba in hot soup will change the noodles’ consistency. But that doesn’t mean that soba can’t be served in hot broth.
Tucked in the Lower East Side, Cocoron aims to offer healthy Japanese home cooking that will lift your spirits, inducing the “heartwarming” feeling that its name translates into. The space is small and the tables are packed closely together — typical of Manhattan restaurants — but the dark walls create a calm, comfortable ambiance.
When was the last time you tasted authentic Cajun seafood? If it was a long time ago, you’re due for a meal at The Boil.
This Lower East Side eatery serves fresh crustaceans, most of which are flown in straight from Cajun Land itself: Louisiana. Cajun cooking involves plenty of cayenne and fresh black pepper. So yes, a tolerance for spiciness would come in handy. The Boil offers four levels of spiciness to suit your tastebuds: mild, medium, spicy, and fire.
The Lower East Side is amazing for its never-ending plethora of cheap, tasty dishes. When we discovered Pok Pok Phat Thai over the weekend, we couldn’t keep this to ourselves. We just had to share the goodness! Located on 137 Rivington St, this tiny outlet offers authentic Thai food, with marble counters protruding from the walls to serve as tables. Photos of Thai artists from decades ago consumed the walls, dating the restaurant back to an older period. It was a clean, cozy setting, nothing too overwhelming.
Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes. It is also one of Pok Pok’s best-sellers. It would be a pity to go all the way to one of the city’s favorite pad thai spots and not try the signature dish. That would be like jetsetting to Asia and settling on McDonald’s. The pad thai arrived in all its steaming glory, garnished with chives, eggs, dried shrimps, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili powder and lime halves on a layer of banana leaf. Asian dishes are usually colorful, and the pad thai did not lack in visual appeal.
Soho, NY-- we walked out of Los Perros Locos feeling dirty. Perhaps it was from the bright neon sign spewing an obscenity of pink all about, or maybe it was the strangely aphrodisiastic Mas Perfecto we tried--a hot dog blending NYC, Colombia, and just enough old school Miami. Whatever it was, we found ourselves wanting to watch, on VHS, the younger and more svelte Al Pacino introducing us all to his little friend. Yeah, that good kind of dirty.
The Lower East Side is about to get a flashback to it's days when The Slipper Room dominated 167 Orchard Street. The top palace of variety and commander of the burlesque movement in NYC has re-launched with a renovated space to feature a wide range of vaudville-esque acts including music, magic, comedy, and more.
"Since we originally opened, The Slipper Room was not just a center for burlesque but for the entire arts community in NYC," co-owner James Habacker said. "The theater became a home-away-from-home for so many unique artists in the city and across the world, and we can't wait to finally welcome them back when we re-open."
Earth Matters has been around for 11 years in the Lower East Side on Ludlow Street. Even though many chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have been opening up in across the city, places like this, thankfully, still survive.
Earth Matters is both a health food store and eatery. Their retail section consists of produce from big suppliers, along with some of the farmers in the area. They also sell products like tea, coconut water, bulk nuts, skin care materials and assorted supplements. Their refrigerators also stock ready-made meals like “Better than Pasta” kelp noodles or macrobiotic dumplings. With such a wide assortment of interesting food, Mimi, the owner, suggests for newcomers to try out their raw desserts, especially the raw cinnamon roll.
Straight out of New York's Lower East Side, indie-electronic duo, The Knocks, has been blowing up recently by putting out their own brand of dance music. Known for their viral remixes of tracks by the likes of Katy Perry, M83, and Dragonette, Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Jpatt" Patterson bring a sound we can only describe as falling somewhere between retro and new. What we do know is that it definitely makes us want to dance!
Just before a performance at Mansion Nightclub, the two sat down with Joonbug at the Perry Hotel in South Beach to tell us a little bit about their musical roots, their career goals, and what life is like for an artist in NYC.
Eldridge Street, on the Lower East Side, has changed yet remained mainly the same for as long as many of the longtime residents can remember. The neighborhood is mainly comprised of Chinese and Dominican families, combined Chinese and Spanish grocers, and underground nightclubs that only locals can spot. Slowly, with the opening of a few art galleries and other day-businesses the neighborhood has begun to change. Nestled among residential buildings on Eldridge Street between Delancey and Broome is the small specialty bakery, Panade Puffs & Pastries and we mean SMALL—the bakery is a whopping 250-square feet.
The DL, located on the corner of Delancey and Ludlow, opened its doors last month in the former space of The Ludlow Manor. The goal of this new restaurant venture is to bring “high quality food and a new experience to the Lower East Side.” The 3-level intimate eatery has an upscale lounge appeal with vaulted ceilings with intricate metalwork, hanging crystal chandeliers, and high-backed leather booths lining the wall opposite their spacious bar. The DL is an ideal restaurant for those looking to grab a casual drink, the perfect spot for a dinner date, or for a post-club, late night snack. Executive Chef Wesley Wobles has created an internationally-influenced tapas menu that will be offered to diners every night of the week until 3 a.m. Wesley’s small plate dishes encompass every corner of the globe and represents nearly every ethnicity while he simultaneously “reimagine[s] comfort food with a modern twist.” No matter your palate, finicky or adventurous, The DL offers something for everyone.