Lower East Side

Lower East Side Travel Guide

105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down the street. Expect 105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down the street. Expect vintage 70’s interiors and impeccably made cocktails.

Whimsy and beauty are openly celebrated at this irresistible home boutique. John Derien's entrancing East Village shop is packed floor to ceiling with one-of-a-kind finds.

Although it opened in 2004, walking into this custom tailor/barber/apothecary is like stepping into a 19th-century gentlemen's stockist.

A fashionista's dream (or just a cool stop-in), this avant-garde Chinatown boutique offers pricy goods all majoring in originality. The sparsely filled space, with white walls and clothing racks made of disused pipes, feels more like a gallery than a store of one-of-a-kind finds.

Searching for a place to house a museum honoring American immigrants, Ruth Abram unearthed 97 Orchard Street, a historic apartment building that was completed in 1863 and sheltered almost 7,000 immigrants over the years.

Music and fashion merge in John Varvatos’ menswear shop at 315 Bowery, the former home of the Lower East Side's legendary CBGB live music club.

One of the best indie-rock music venues to emerge this millennium, Pianos opened quietly in 2002 in a former piano store—the club’s current owners didn’t bother to remove the sign—and since then has become an emerging band’s dream gig, thanks to the intimate setting and über-cool nabe.

Clean lines, streamlined forms, and the season's hot colors can be found among the designs of this Chilean-born couturier favored by Michelle Obama.

An airy, minimalist window-lined store that started as a Hamptons staple, it carries designers for men (Rag & Bone, Rogues Gallery) and women (Zac Posen, Jill Stuart), and attracts a wide array of buyers, including celebrities.

Pickle love shines at this Lower East Side destination at the corner of Essex and Grand. Proprietor Alan Kaufman devotes nine hours a day to producing remarkably fresh and snap-perfect pickles, from hot to sweet and new to fully soured.

This pocket-size Swedish outpost is the source for international labels like Veja, which makes organic canvas sneakers with Amazonian-rubber soles.

Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders serve up cocktails, wine, Scotch, bourbon, tequila, and tap and bottled beer at this muilti-level venue.

This chandelier-draped, Moulin Rouge-esque destination—a multihyphenated performance space-cum-cocktail lounge-cum-celebrity hangout-cum-restaurant—opened in late 2006.