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Lower East Side

Check Out Up-And-Coming Bands at Arlene's Grocery

  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Music

Upgrade your week with three important pillars: good food (courtesy of Ivan Ramen), good music (courtesy of Arlene’s Grocery) and good people (courtesy of both). Before the show, grab dinner at Ivan Ramen for—well—ramen. This colorful venue leaning between modern minimalism and a kind of 1950s vintage aesthetic is your go-to noodle house in the Lower East Side. The art on the wall takes inspiration from manga comics, but the flavors here are what really pop—specifically those found in the “Ivan’s Special” wheat noodles section, including options like Shoyu Tonkotsu Tsukemen (glazed pork belly and pickled collards) and Lamb Dan Dan (spicy ground lamb and togarashi). Their Japanese fried chicken appetizer might seem basic at first glance, but the toasted garlic caramel glaze is what makes this something you and your S.O. need to share.

After your feel-good meal, it's on to the main event. Open since 1995, Arlene’s Grocery is a rock music bar famed for launching up-and-coming music acts. For 8-10 bucks, you’ll be blown away by the talent that walks through these doors. If only you could've been there in 2004 when Arcade Fire regularly graced the stage. The happy hour is pretty great too—every day until 8 p.m. well drinks are $4 and beers are $3. Check Arlene's calendar here for their next up-and-comer performances.

Ivan Ramen

25 Clinton Street, Manhattan

Arlene's Grocery

95 Stanton Street, Manhattan

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