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The Lower East Side has tons to offer. It's packed with the most bars and restaurants of any neighborhood in the country and it doesn't disappoint. Enjoy a delicious rustic Greek restaurant and a hidden Apothecary themed speakeasy tucked away on a small street.

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Lisa is an adventurer at heart who knows and loves NYC and exploring. She's a producer of a popular compdedy YouTube channel and runs Manhattan's House of Genius, a monthly think tank that brings together members of the entrepreneurial community for a night of collaborative problem solving.

Kiki'sRestaurants & Cafes
Simple Greek fare such as seafood & lamb served | Cozy warm space with exposed-wood beams
(646) 882-7052website
130 Division St, New York, NY 10002

Kiki’s is cozy rustic spot on the lower end of the Lower East Side. If you didn’t know better you’d think you were walking into a Chinese restaurant. The Chinese letters on the awning are a nod to the Chinese supply shop that was located here before Kiki’s opened about three years ago. The restaurant is named after one of the three owners and has become known for it’s no nonsense Greek food served in a rustic wooden tavern style space.

ApothekeBars & Lounges
Mixologists in pharmacist-style garb whip up complex cocktails at this off-the-beaten path hideaway.
(212) 406-0400website
9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

Inspired by the history and rise of the apothecary in Europe as well as the artistic influence of absinthe dens in 19th century Paris, Apothéke is the first of its kind. The entire experience from wandering down a hidden street to find the entrance, to tasting the first sip of a specialty cocktail made with exotic herbs and fruits – is a privilege.

At Apothéke, the presentation of a cocktail is just as dramatic as the cocktail itself. The bar is no longer a bar. It’s a stage. A chemistry lab. A theatre. A unique-shaped Austrian crystal glass is carefully selected for each cocktail, and into it, is poured a beautiful, jewel-colored liquid. This is much more than a cocktail bar – this is a cocktail apothecary.

© photos courtesy of Apotheke

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