Lower East Side
At Forsyth and Houston, the Landmark Sunshine Theater, formerly a Yiddish vaudeville house, heralds the changes have swept the area.
Begin at Forsyth and Houston Streets (F train to Delancey Street).
Yonah Schimmel Knishery is right next door, but the crowd waiting outside the Landmark Sunshine Theater (14 E. Houston) is more likely to head to one of the new restaurants that dot Houston and its side streets, then end the evening at the Mercury Lounge at Houston and Essex. On Rivington Street, you can stop in at five galleries between Forsyth and Clinton: the Scene, at #42; the Rivington Arms, at #102; Participant, at #104; Gallery Onetwentyeight, at #128; and ABC No Rio, at #156—one of the first in the neighborhood (in 1980) when the word gallery connoted not art displays but drug houses. Other stops include Denise Carbonell (154 Stanton Street), a lovely, light-filled shop selling one-of-a-kind lamps, and the tiny jewel of lunchroom TEANY (which translates to “Tea, New York”), owned by the singer Moby, on Rivington between Orchard and Ludlow. This neighborhood’s culinary epicenter is Clinton Street, thanks in large part to the efforts of Wylie Dufresne; the roller-skating star chef trained with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, made his first solo splash at 71 Clinton Fresh Food, and went on to open Alias (76 Clinton) and wd-50 (50 Clinton). Ludlow Street also does well by diners, with SUBA (#109) and Pere Pinard (#175). Lucien, at 14 First Avenue, just north of Houston, is a pitch-perfect version of a Paris Bistro.
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