• NeighborhoodLower East Side, Chinatown
  • Reservation PolicyYes
  • Price Range$$
  • CuisineNew American

Situated on the outskirts of Chinatown, on Canal Street, Dimes could be described as the SoCal-cool fraternal twin of De Maria, in Nolita. Though owners Alissa Wagner and Sabrina DeSousa, who met while working at the nearby restaurant Lovely Day, were compelled to open the space after an eye-opening trip to Patagonia, the punchy flavors at Dimes run the international gamut, ranging from Japanese to Mediterranean. The breakfast and brunch items are the most talked about (try the bestselling egg sandwich with avocado, pickled jalapeno, and hot sauce), while the dinner selections are transporting (we suggest the black rice with coconut creamed kale and grapefruit-ginger ponzu, washed down with a wheatgrass margarita). The minimal dining-room décor of white walls and pale wood, inspired by the idea of a Japanese artist living in Big Sur, sets a non-distracting backdrop for the colorful plates. (Tip: head across the street to Dimes Deli if you’re in the mood for takeout, or go next door to Dimes Market for organic produce, apothecary items, and ceramics by Cassie Griffin)


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