Heading downtown, we run into our favorite array of museums, bars and cheap eats in the Lower East Side. This eclectic neighborhood touches the East River and expands over to Bowery and south of Houston St. Rooted in history, the LES now shows signs of luxury through real-estate developments, fabulous hotels and a span of activities for locals and tourists.
The LES is famous for an assortment of boutiques, fantastic restaurants and affordable bars with live music. Orchard Street features the best discount shopping in Manhattan, with store-fronts offering deals on everything from leather jackets to designer bags. If you’re looking for a day filled with mental stimulation, head to one of the many galleries scattered across the neighborhood. For a spread of contemporary modern art, head to 11R for a sleek display of works, or to Marc Straus if your taste is a bit more abstract.
Delicious food hotspots cover the neighborhood, with a range of cuisines. Russ and Daughters Café is a century old classic, serving some of the best Jewish comfort food around. One of the most famous eateries and a go-to for locals and tourists is Katz Delicatessen, a 120-year-old shop serving famed sandwiches and pickles.
If you’re looking for food accompanied by a memorable night out, head to the legendary Beauty and Essex. Hidden behind a working pawn shop, this lounge serves a range of American fare, accompanied by creative cocktails and music.
As for transit option, the J, M, Z, F, B and D trains all make stops through this neighborhood. While it might take you a bit longer to walk to a train stop, this is remedied by the vibrant art scene and views of the East River. Additionally, Citi Bike has over 15 ports in LES, and numerous bus lines run through the area, perfect for getting cross town.
Due to the popularity of this bustling neighborhood, rent prices do reflect those of prime Manhattan. Studios and 1 bedrooms start around $2100 and span past $4000 in newer luxury buildings. Two bedroom apartments are more affordable ranging from $2800 to $4500. Three bedrooms average around $4,300-$6000. This area features many older buildings with private owners, making it possible to come across rare deals. While these apartments may have some quirks, you might be able to find a more affordable option.
Check out this 3BR LES apartment that was rented for $4300. While it did not have a living room, the bedrooms were spacious and the tenants were able to pay $1000-$1200 per room:
If you are looking to live in the LES, be sure to check out our available rooms!