Trendy and energetic, the Lower East Side is known for its great nights out. Orchard, Ludlow and Essex streets are lined with exciting nightlife and a wide variety of culinary delights, including some of the city’s best Gastropubs and New-Asian cuisine.
Traditionally an immigrant, working-class neighborhood, the Lower East Side has undergone many changes in recent decades. For perspective on the immigrant experience, visit the Tenement Museum. Six restored apartments from five different decades provide a glimpse of what life was like 150 years ago for a new New Yorker. The Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue, built in 1877 and restored over a period of 20 years, provides insight into the lives of NYC’s first Jewish inhabitants. Classic New York delis serve up city favorites such as pastrami, matzo ball soup and other treats. The most famous of all is Katz’s Delicatessen, featured in the movie “When Harry Met Sally”.
Head east to the 57-acre East River Park to join a game of basketball, tennis, football or baseball. For runners, the recently completed two-mile esplanade from East River Park down to Battery Park is a great sightseeing workout. Enjoy views of the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport while you walk or jog.