Eddie’s Lower East Side
The RED STAR on the map (below)
marks the "old" Manhattan Sound Technicians store-front at 68 East First
Street. Enjoy the children’s park. Grab a cup of Joe with Attitude at the
corner — next to Boca Chica (great carribean fude) or get a more sedate
cup with fresh baked scone at the café in the park. Across
Houston Street and slightly west, grab a knish at YONAH SCHIMMEL. Eddie’s
fave is potato with mustard.
Be sure to check out PRUNE
on First Street between First and Second Avenue. Ask for Gabrielle
and tell her Eddie sent you!
Between 7th and 8th / St Marks Streets on First
Avenue are two hole-in-the wall eye-talian eateries; La Foccaceria (on
the East Side of 1st Ave) and Five Roses (on the West Side of
1st Ave and possibly north a block). Neither has "cream" sauce,
but both have great affordable food and lots of local color.
On the south side of HOUSTON (pronounced "house - ton," for y’all out o’towners)
go one block west and check out the TURKISH place on the corner at ORCHARD
strret. Great lentil soup and the eggplant is egg-stra spacial. Be
sure to squeeze lemon into that soup!! Keep going east and there’s
a fine JAPANESE place with great R&B background music. At the corner
of Ludlow is KATZ Delicatessan, home of "When Harry Met Sally." When the
HOT PASTRAMI is amazing, it’s warm and wet and slippery. Grab a
ticket before you go to the deli counter. One sandwich feeds two. Get the
MATZOH BALL Soup!
MUSIC & BEER:
OK, if you’re full of fude, check out THE LIVING ROOM at the corner of
ALLEN and Stanton (First Ave becomes "ALLEN" south of Houston). Go one
block East and perhaps a block south on Ludlow and look for Baby Jupiter’s
for a beer. Avoid the N’awlins-style slop fude if ya wanna keep movin’.
Chinese DIM SUM.
Go early in the AM, walking south on Bowery, a block or two or three south
of Canal, and look for HOP SING on the east side — just east of the "triangle,"
an intersection whose name I don’t recall. The "HA-COW," (shrimp dumpling)
"SHU-MY" (pork dumpling) are very good with lots of hot sauce. Get the
black tea and wash down a sweet coconut bun. If you see a guy who looks
a little like MOE of the Three Stooges, or if you have the balls to ask
for a guy named "MAN-LEE," tell him "YOUNG GUY" said hello!
It has the same black dirt I first tasted back in ’78! (On the East Side
of Bowery between 2nd and 3rd streets.) Great
kick drum room.
More eye-talian fude, BONA FIDES, where they do have a decent cream sauce
on the Salmon Fettucine. On the east side of Second Avenue between 3rd
and 4th streets. Avoid all the Italian eateries
on Fourth Street. But if you continue up 2nd Avenue on the west
side, you might run into PHILLIP GLASS outside sipping a cappucino. If
you want good Joe, go to Avenue A between 3rd and 4th
(I think) on the east side.
cute asian boys in drag. Fude better than your average strip joint.