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LOWER EAST SIDE

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BIRDS & BUBBLES

New Southern. Opposites attract, and that’s exactly the case at this sanctuary for fried chicken and champagne. Hearty Southern classics are given modern imaginings by Chef/owner Sarah Simmons. The restaurant is hidden away in a subterrane­an space: Take care on the steep metal stairway. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 100B Forsyth St., btw Broome & Grand sts., 646.368.9240. CLANCEY Contempora­ry American. Located just off Delancey on Clinton Street—hence the name: Clancey—this new restaurant and specialty cocktail 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). D

( Tu- F), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 79 Clinton St., btw Suffolk & Attorney sts., 917.388.3575. KATZ’S DELICATESS­EN

Jewish/American. Among New York’s oldest delicatess­ens, open since 1888, still serves arguably the best pickles and coleslaw (compliment­ary), pastrami, corned beef and knishes in town. Tickets are given for purchase; don’t lose them! B,L & D (daily). $$ 205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St., 212.254.2246. SAMMY’S ROUMANIAN Steak House. A dining room zealously decorated with balloons, streamers and photograph­s recalls a midcentury bar mitzvah and old-time service provides Jewish delicacies: stuffed cabbage, breaded veal cutlet, broiled chicken liver and potato pancakes. D (nightly). $$$ 157 Chrystie St., at Delancey St., 212.673.0330.

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