Under $100: New York’s Lower East Side

by Holly Riddle

Feb 17, 2019

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Under $100 / North America

Headed to New York’s Lower East Side? Enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend in this vibrant neighborhood, all on a budget.


Grab a quick breakfast at the fun and funky Clancey New York. Start your day the right way with a boozy brunch accompaniment; you can get the house bloody for just $7, or The Bloodier, with bourbon and bacon, for $10. As far as food, there are several classic breakfast options, all with a bit of an upgrade. For something to soak up the alcohol from the night before, or just a filling breakfast to fuel your day’s adventures, go with the B.E.C. (bacon, egg and cheese on a whole wheat bun, served with fries and house-made hot sauce).


Visit the Lower East Side’s most famous museum, The Tenement Museum. Great for travelers of all ages and interests, it focuses on the area’s immigration history and shows area residents’ daily life after first moving to the United States. Tickets are $25 and come with a guided tour.


Grab lunch at Sweet Chick. This casual spot serves amazingly refreshing takes on Southern comfort food, in huge portions. The lunch menu is a bit toned down from all the options you can find at dinner, but you can still expect some of the best items, including the fried chicken and waffles; the latter comes in amazing varieties such as rosemary-mushroom, bacon-cheddar and dried cherry. A serving that’s easily big enough for two is $19.


Take a long, scenic walk along the waterfront to get to Pier 17. This large arts and events space always has something going on, with both paid and free activities. Check out the calendar and see what you can find, from ice skating to concerts.


After you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in the Insta-famous milkshakes at Black Tap. They’re just as impressive in real life as they are on your Instagram feed. Burgers start at $15 and shakes at $15 as well.


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