Comfort Inn Lower East Side
136 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 260-4141
Fax: (212) 260-9436
Bars & Cafes
This upscale restaurant and lounge offers tapas, brunch, dessert, cocktails and wine all in a three-level trendy night club setting. DJs and live musicians spice the night up along with Executive Chef John Donnelly's unique menu of "American Tapas" featuring specialties like Spiced Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Fritters, Braised Boneless Short Ribs, and Pan Seared Striped Bass with lobster. Libation also has a Private Party Room and VIP Lounge/Mezzanine. Check out the website for updated menus, special events and private dining information.
Even though it is located in one of the city's hottest nightlife neighborhoods, this Irish bar maintains a very relaxed feel. A wood bar, black stools and wall mirrors decorate the relatively small, cozy space. The crowd is always laid back, and it is a good place to come to if you just want to relax and have a good time. The television is usually turned to whatever game is on, but this is not a sports bar. Drinks are reasonable and include spirits and beer in bottles or on tap.
Teany Cafe as the name suggest is a tearoom in New York that is known for its brand of tea. It also serves vegetarian and vegan food that is a hit with the vegetarian crowd.The free Wi-Fi facility enables one to stay connected and lounge in the chairs while catching up on office work too. The tea selection is great, however, this place is known for serving some really delectable vegan desserts. Do try the Tiramisu and the Peanut Butter Bomb Cake. Sandwiches, scones and other snacks are also on offer at this friendly local tea house.
Located in prime Manhattan, this pub is named after the 50 year old dress shop that used to be on this street corner. The brother duo owning this delightful place have given Spitzer's the look and feel of a European joint but maintained a contemporary American menu. There is a free flow of micro-brews and tapped beers along with burgers or oysters from the raw bar. Spitzer's Corner is a true gastronomic pub of New York.
Co-op Food & Drink is a sushi bar and American restaurant in the Rivington Hotel. One can find a lot of locals as well as the elite mingling with the crowds and relishing the sushi and sliders. The Miso Tataki Rolls are worth a bite. The pre-set meals are a good option to sample the entire menu at a reasonable cost. The bar serves a variety of brightly colored cocktails that succeed in uplifting the spirits. Though a full fledged there is not much dancing here. The staff at the toilets are also rumored to unabashedly ask for tips.
Located in the Lower East Side, Verlaine is a Southeast Asian tapas bar. However, the high ceilings and well-placed art make the venue feel more like a lounge than a bar. The Tapas dishes are perfect for those in the mood for some Asian flavors, with such delights as chicken satay and vegetable curry puffs. It's best to get there early for cheap drinks and food or else one may be dodging other guests and servers the whole time.
Fat Baby pampers its visitors with long chaises, live music and a 35 feet long bar. The lounge is also multi-level, featuring a DJ on the second level and a live band on the first. Fat Baby also provides bears on tap and in bottle along with bottle services.
Word of mouth has made this split-level Lower East Side spot called Swim bar is one of the hottest bars in a happening part of town. There is no sign outside, but once inside it is very welcoming. Clearly, the proprietors are trying to give people their money's worth, with lots of interesting things to look at-the glowing, cloth covered television and the hole between the two floors are particularly interesting. DJs and special parties are regular features. There used to be a sushi bar inside, but no more.
This well-known coffeehouse chain from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest has invaded the LES with its much vaunted farm direct and fair trade products. Here you will find a massive range of coffee and espresso, from blends made with Theo chocolate (also from Seattle) to beans straight from farms in Brazil, Africa and other exotic locales such as East Timor. The owners and personnel are also very friendly and knowledgeable, providing tips on simple brewing techniques or giving detailed information on sustainability and fair markets, if you happen to be interested. So sit back, have a cup and find out how far that flavorful bean has traveled.
The Cake Shop looks like any other cafe from afar, but is not your average cake-shop. It is an orange-walled street-level cafe with people conversing over beverages accompanied with creamy pastries and croissants. But below the surface of this cafe lies an exciting secret. Enter the back room which opens up to a music lover's haven. With heavy Indie-rock, alternative and punk along with local bands enlivening the scene, this place is hard to miss. Then there is the basement bar which boasts a full bar stacked with premium wines and drinks and a small stage for local and regional talents or events. Come here to experience some original music and get into the whole retro feel.
An intimate wine bar on the Lower East Side, Amuse offers a relaxed setting to discover and enjoy its diverse collection. The interiors shy away from the often pretentious settings at wine bars, with rugged exposed-brick walls, lots of wooden shelves and warm lighting. The wine list spans some of the best wine producing regions from Italy and France to Portugal and New Zealand, with enough variety in whites and reds to please most tastes. Besides this, there's a selection of sparkling wines, roses as well as dessert wines. The food menu is designed to complement the wine list, and includes everything from charcuterie and steamed mussels to baby back ribs and sliders.
Come for the whiskey, but stay for more whiskey. Located in the Lower East Side, which was once known as the "whiskey ward," this bar prides itself on its wide selection of strong and flavorful bourbons, scotches, and other whiskeys. Happy Hour is 5-8p every day except Sunday and features USD15 sangria pitchers and USD4 well drinks and draft beers. There are also daily drink specials such as a beer and a call shot for USD7. Though its not exactly a dive bar, there is a jukebox and pool table, which makes The Whiskey Ward a favorable place to spend the night and grab drinks.