TASTE TEST FRESH EATS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE

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For putting a little spring in your winter plans: Try one of the Lower East Side’s newest and best eateries. We’ve rounded up four of our favorites—all you need to do is make a reservation.

By Cole Bilik

 
Fuku

163 1st Avenue

 David Chang adds an unexpected touch to the classic fried chicken sandwich at his newest spot, Fuku, using ingredients such as habanero sauces and pickle brine butter. Fuku embraces a casual vibe, as evidenced in the fare. The best antidote for a wintry night is a strong dose of comfort food.

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Bara

58 East 1st Street

Named after the Japanese word for rose, Bara “bridges the gap between France and Japan, as the practice of naming a restaurant after a woman or a flower is common to both cultures,” according to Executive Chef Ian Alvarez. Small plates such as Quail Egg Onigiri and Mackerel Tataki are standouts, and larger dishes, like the Duck Breast and Black Bass, make Bara a fine fusion between East and West.

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Pizza Beach

1426 East 3rd Street 

Pizza Beach’s second Manhattan location is receiving just as much hype as its first. Whether you’re in the market for a citrus salad, a delicious pizza, or scallops from the grill, Pizza Beach delivers (though perhaps not literally). Perfect for a California coast style escape from the brutal weather. 

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Virginia’s

647 E 11th Street

Two of New York’s most renown chefs, Per Se’s Christian Ramos, and Locanda Verde’s Reed Adelson, team up for a cozy farm-to-table American bistro at Virginia’s. Ramos and Reed emphasize seasonal ingredients, so expect a freshly changing menu. Getting a table at the 38-seat gem will not be easy—but the Butternut Squash Risotto will be worth it all.

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