Tourism on Lower East Side (NYC) in Between Bouts of Eating?
August 11, 2015 5:38 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to spend a day on the LES eating all the foods I grew up with (so this means pistrami, bialis. lox, halvah, babkah, etc.). In order to avoid getting sick, I'm going to need to space out my meals/snacks. Could anyone recommend interesting places to visit/things to see while I'm digesting? I have pretty eclectic tastes.
posted by Jon44 to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The Tenement Museum (specifically the tour of apartments/businesses) is wonderful.
posted by dayintoday at 5:48 AM on August 11, 2015 [12 favorites]

If you like pinball, there's a bar right by there called Two Bits Retro Arcade which has pinball tables and old arcade games for cheap (like 25 cents to a dollar per game). You can grab a light beer or a glass of wine and kill some time there.
posted by Itaxpica at 5:56 AM on August 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

Catch the staten island ferry there and back again.
posted by kjs4 at 6:14 AM on August 11, 2015

Get a bike share bike and ride the bridges.
posted by kjs4 at 6:17 AM on August 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Check out some galleries.
posted by modofo at 8:23 AM on August 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

still food, but i suggest economy candy
posted by jennybento at 2:33 PM on August 11, 2015

You could go uptown a bit to The Strand. Looks like the 14A or 14D buses will be your best bet from there.
posted by SisterHavana at 3:08 PM on August 11, 2015

Sammy's For dinner. Must do if you like a little Romanian singing to you as you enjoy your fantastic Jewish Cuisine!

There is the famous Katz's that is also a must visit, though it is a little north of LES.

There are many galleries that have opened and you can actually download an app to map your trip if you are into modern art.

Enjoy your trip!
posted by Yellow at 5:41 AM on August 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

St. Mark's Place is interesting people watching, shopping, and history (see the houses on the cover of Led Zepplin's 'Physical Graffiti', see the house where {Leon Trotsky, W.H. Auden, Abbie Hoffman, Lenny Bruce} lived.

Thompkin's Square Park. People watching, labor history, etc.

Astor Place - site of a 1849 riot, crowds estimated at 10,000 people, 30 people killed, over two actors performing Shakespeare's MacBeth!

6th St. Botanical Garden
posted by at at 7:41 AM on August 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

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