LOWER EAST SIDE
Italian. Chef/owner Frank DeCarlo’s romantic Venetianstyle pub delivers flavorful small plates and pastas, as well as a lengthy wine list. D ( Tu-Su). $$ 136 Division St., btw Ludlow & Orchard sts., 212.941.5060.
Contemporary American. Located just off Delancey on Clinton Street—hence the name—this new restaurant and specialty cocktail and craft beer bar has inventive dishes, such as Yesterday Lo Mein (fresh cold noodles with crispy hot pork belly) and shrimp and grits (white speckled grits, special oils and shrimp). An eclectic drinks list is highlighted by the frozen Moscow mule. D ( Tu-Su), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 79 Clinton St., btw Suffolk & Attorney sts., 917.388.3575.
Asian. Soup noodles are the star at Ivan Orkins’ shrine to the dish, where pickled daikon, whipped edamame hummus or pork meatballs can precede a piping bowl of ramen. L& D (daily). $ 25 Clinton St., btw Stanton & E. Houston sts., 646.678.3859.