Trendy neighborhoods come and go, but the Lower East Side will stay cool forever. These are the downtown spots we’re hanging out at lately.
DO: Admire Experimental Art at the New Museum
The New Museum has embraced new forms of artistic expression since opening in 1977, and its curators show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Take a late-afternoon stroll through the avant-garde exhibitions, then settle in for a fresh cup of coffee at the museum’s café. 235 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)
EAT: Say YaYaYa! to JaJaJa
Expect art of the culinary kind at this vegan Mexican eatery, where the beet-and-pumpkin empanadas be poppin’ and the matcha-coconut-tequila cocktails be flowin’. 162 East Broadway (at Rutgers Street)
DRINK: Be a Dancing Queen at the Flower Shop
The Flower Shop is a ’70s-themed bar where you can mingle with the other patrons (groovy!) and play games. The jukebox is loaded with plenty of Led Zeppelin, Queen, and ABBA, natch. 107 Eldridge Street (between Grand and Broome Streets)