Drinking in the Lower East Side

Drinking in the Lower East Side

The Lower East Side—once known as an enclave for poor immigrants living in cramped quarters, Yiddish theater and pushcart vendors—has undergone a sea change in recent years. Dilapidated storefronts have morphed into chic boutiques, hipster restaurants, music clubs and art galleries, making this area of town one of the most desired places to live—and visit. For me, an early fall stroll in this neighborhood might very well wind up taking me to these three unique venues.

The Tenement Museum


A recent trip to the Tenement Museum not only exposed me to the tenement dwellings of two former families (one from the 1870s, one from the 1930s), but also filled me with my own family memories: My Rumanian-born father was raised in this area, too.

The Dressing Room


It‘s a boutique! It’s a bar! And it’s in NYC—so naturally it’s both! The Dressing Room Bar and Boutique has actually three identities: a shop representing the city’s up-and-coming designers, a casual cocktail lounge and a vintage and secondhand clothing exchange.

Dinner on Ludlow


Dinner on Ludlow not only serves inventive American comfort food, but also multitasks as a nightclub. Decorated in glamour Goth (oversize chandeliers, ornate metal filigree), the restaurant’s spacious third-floor lounge has a DJ spinning tunes well into the night.