The Lower East Side of Manhattan was once the most densely populated area in the world… it was also home to a staggering amount of tenement buildings and immigrants who were trying to begin a new life in America. Today however, the neighborhood is full of blossoming institutions. Although the area may have been seen as dangerous a hundred years ago, the Lower East Side is now a place that people in New York come to for a variety of fun reasons. Below, I have included some must-visit destinations that evoke a sense of historical and delicious as well!
Soft Swerve: If you happen to see purple or green soft serve ice cream on the street, you now can know where it comes from! Soft Swerve is located at 85B Allen St, New York, NY 10002. It offers the now newly-craved matcha ice cream, as well as some other unique flavors (and colors) like ube and black sesame.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House: If you are looking for good dumpling fix, Vanessa’s is definitely a solid option. I must also include that their sesame pancakes are necessary as well. The address is 118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002.
143 Allen St: Once part of James De Lancey’s vast estate, this historical residence is now an official landmark of New York City. Once a part of six row houses, the 143 Allen St residence still stands after 186 years (it was built in 1831). It has stood the test of time, and can now be seen as an urban fossil.