Where To Eat In Manhattan's Coolest Neighborhood, Chibolow
Lately, there's an area of New York City where we keep finding ourselves. Whether it's a late night food craving, a morning breakfast meeting, an ice cream run, or after work meet-up, we keep hitting the same twelve or so blocks for our latest favorite food spots. But here's the crazy thing: this area of New York City does not currently have a name. It's the area east of Forsyth (all the way until the water), South of East Houston, and above East Broadway. It's where Chinatown, Bowery, and the Lower East Side all sort of merge, and it currently lacks the type of neighborhood defining name real-estate agents salivate over. So, we're doing it for them, and for us, and for you. So the next time you're looking for a good spot to do anything involving food and fun in Manhattan, head to Chibolow, the coolest neighborhood in Manhattan. We'll see you there!
EL REY 100 STANTON ST
This tiny little coffee-shop turned sit-down restaurant is packed day to night with well-dressed locals scarfing down everything on this fresh, Mediterranean-meets-California menu. Our favorite dish is the unbelievably good kale salad, which sounds like nothing special, but is a game-changer in the salad eating game, topped with a dressing of almonds and shaved lemon. We like everything on the menu, and it all tastes even better washed down with their damn good cup of coffee, or a frozen rosé if the mood strikes.
DIMES 49 CANAL ST
Dimes is the cool kids' downtown hangout for healthy, local, and delicious food. Get a cup of coffee and a slice of Love Toast for breakfast, come back and get the Grilled Haloumi for lunch, and finish off the day with drinks and a Pulled Pork Bowl for dinner. You're going to want to spend your whole day here- it's just that good.
CAFE HENRIE 116 FORSYTH ST
French artist André Saraiva's Cafe Henri serves similar fare to fellow neighborhood haunt Dimes, but in a relaxed, funky space. Favorites from the menu include the Dragon Bowl topped with a turmeric egg, and cardamon coffee. This spot is only open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, so get your fix in before dinner.
DIRTCANDY 86 ALLEN ST
Dirtcandy was a pioneer in the vegetable-focused menu. Back when everyone else in New York was getting all excited about eating every part of a pig, owner Amanda Cohen was serving up Fried Cauliflower and Waffles and Jalepeño Hush Puppies with Maple Butter in a teeny tiny restaurant that often had a thirty day wait for a reservation. Since then, the space has expanded considerably, but the dishes have remained as inventive and delicious as ever.
MISSION CHINESE 171 E BROADWAY
Mission Chinese really shook things up when they first opened in downtown Manhattan and then later closed down. Luckily the cult fave reopened in Chibolow and diners looking for flavorful, unique "Chinese" dishes are back to waiting the very worthwhile line to get in.
MISSION CANTINA 172 ORCHARD ST
The visionaries behind Mission Chinese opened up Mission Cantina, a Southern California style Mexican restaurant, with the hopes of it being as mind blowing as its Chinese counter. Unfortunately, the team at The ANY Magazine originally found it a bit disappointing. However, after a tweak to their original concept, things have shaped up quite nicely. The current iteration introduced a new spin: American style Chinese and Souther Californian Mexican food, sometime separate, and often combined. The items that stand out on the menu are the dishes that combine the two cuisines, like the General Tso Burrito and Tomatillo Fried Rice.
IVAN RAMEN 25 CLINTON ST
Ivan Orkin, a Jewish guy from New York, ventured to Japan to master what makes great ramen. While in Tokyo, Orkin opened his first ramen shop, then another, and then another back in the states. Ivan Ramen in Chibolow is his latest venture. Order the Spicy Red Chilli Ramen and not only will your sinuses clear up, your stomach will thank you too.
THE BOBA GUYS 23 CLINTON ST
Next door to Ivan Ramen is the perfect spot to stop in for dessert. Grab a Boba Tea made with locally sourced ingredients and refreshing flavors like horchata, matcha, and thai tea. The Boba Guys take bubble tea to the next level.
THE FAT RADISH 17 ORCHARD ST
While the menu may not be the most inventive out there, you can count on the Fat Radish to serve super fresh and delicious new-American dishes in a welcoming and beautiful environment. The fact that it's always packed with models and various other great looking New Yorkers for some of the best downtown people-watching doesn't hurt either.
DUDLEY'S 85 ORCHARD ST
Dudley's casual outdoor seating where you can grab a cocktail or coffee makes this one of our favorite places to hang while we wait for a table at one of the other nearby dinner spots on this list. While their own dinner is fairly missable, it's a great place to wile away an afternoon with good friends in the best neighborhood in NYC.
SPAGHETTI INCIDENT 231 ELDRIDGE ST
Have you ever wished you could eat your pasta on the go? Us either, but it turns out it's a really good idea! At Spagehtti incident, you can order a wide variety of perfectly al-dente pastas- accompanied by pancetta, pine nuts, radicchio, in light cream sauce in one case, or Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and white wine sauce in another- served in a paper cone to eat on the street. This gives the classic New York slice a run for its money in the quick-to-go dinner competition.
KOTTU HOUSE 250 BROOME ST
This tiny hole in the wall is a must stop for savory flavorful Sri Lankan street food. Wash down Kottu -Stir fried chopped roti with veggie, curry, and egg - with a craft beer or hard cider or a Hopper, a Sri Lankan rice and coconut milk crepe. This spot is open from noon until midnight all week, making it the perfect late night dinner spot for a quick satisfying meal.
THE LUCKY BEE 252 BROOME ST
If you're for a spot with equally good food and decor, The Lucky Bee is it. This Thai restaurant's fashiony, cool, tropical vibe is far from the classic tacky Hell's Kitchen Thai restaurant decor. Enjoy the Steamed Pork and Sesame Dumplings, any of their delicious curries, and a surprisingly good Green Papaya Salad between friends. Get one of their Bee themed cocktails using local honey- it sounds cheesy but they're actually really good.
GAO TACO 79 DELANCEY ST
Goa Taco, named after the coastal region in India, mashes Indian fair with Mexican taco preparation. Savory combinations are served between a hot pressed buttery paratha. Open till midnight during the week and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, this is the perfect drunk late-night spot.