The Lower East Side of Manhattan is such an interesting place. I'm in the LES most of my days because of my internship and my time is spent in my basement office so I don't usually get to explore or enjoy this area as much as I would like to. But by making the best of my lunch breaks and mini business trips around the boroughs, I think I've come to discover the charm of this side of Manhattan. The LES includes/ borders Little Italy and Chinatown, and it seems to be an interesting mix of gentrified mini hipster cafes, shops and restaurants intertwined with historical tenement housing, run-down retirement complexes, and Chinese markets?
My office is in a restaurant desert so finding something to eat during lunch breaks is pretty much impossible. On this day I was on a mini business trip to a different office also on the LES so had some free time to explore the area a bit and came across Dimes Deli.
First impression: "Where is it?" The restaurant is so small it was actually really hard finding it and the door to enter! But as soon as I went inside I was caught off guard by the clean and polished space. It was small, but it worked. I didn't have too much time so I asked the cashier whatever their bestseller was and ended up getting this breakfast egg sandwich and an iced latte (because who goes on business trips without getting coffee? duh).
So. In my humble opinion, at least for the egg sandwich I tried, I don't think the meal was worth $16 dollars? It was really good, don't get me wrong! But for the simplicity of the ingredients and the size of the sandwich, I ended up feeling like I didn't get enough food out of it. And the iced coffee was good, but nothing special either. I don't know, since I didn't get a chance to sit around and enjoy the menu more, I don't have much to say about it yet but they do have a pretty diverse menu so if you're ever in the area, you can go give it a try for yourself.
FOOD: diverse menu!
SERVICE: mm nothing special?
ATMOSPHERE: small and cozy
WORTH: expensive! at least on the budget of a graduate student?
MY TIP: i don't want to judge a restaurant after trying one item on the menu, so i would suggest you try it out yourself
OVERALL: 3/5, good!
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