Commerce & Culture
Travel east of Clinton or south of East Broadway, and restaurants or shops beyond bodegas are few and far between. In the northwestern corner of the neighborhood, the newest arrival is the Essex Crossing development just south of Delancey. It includes Target, Trader Joe’s, and Market Line — a collection of outposts from local food vendors. Most of the Lower East Side’s popular dining and drinking spots sit on Allen, Ludlow, and Orchard, with their dive bars, casual restaurants, and small clubs with live music (Arlene’s Grocery and Pianos are among the best known of them). Russ & Daughters and Katz’s maintain the area’s Jewish culinary heritage. Venture deeper into the neighborhood and you’ll come upon local favorites like the Doughnut Plant, a New York location of Mission Chinese Food, and Jajaja for delicious vegan Mexican dishes. The Tenement Museum on Orchard provides a lively introduction to the neighborhood’s history.