THE SCENE
The Conscious Shop to open as Pop-up shop

LIQUID COURAGE
Getting Busy With A Juice Cleanse

Nothing says romantic like an alcohol-free juice cleanse for two, right?

Actually, the correct answer is: Yes!

If you’re walking around the Lower East Side (somewhere around 85 Stanton St., for instance), you might miss this tiny shop offering only organic juices, nut milks, and smoothies. If that happens, it's no problem at all! Let Heartbeet Juicery come to you, considering that they offer delivery services, detailed product descriptions, and cleanse packages online for your convenience. Of course, nothing beats visiting the actual location, speaking with a friendly employee, and saving a bit on shipping, but if this isn't possible, they still want to make sure that you're satisfied!

CHEAP EATS
Nyonya

Tucked away in Little Italy, Nyonya offers a palette of authentic Malaysian cuisine at an affordable price. Malaysia is a little country in Southeast Asia that brims with an eclectic array of food, thanks to its deep cultural roots in Chinese, Malay and Indian ethnicities. Malaysian food plays with colors and flavors so each dish has a personality of its own.

The menu features some local favorites, such as the Nasi Lemak, Prawn Mee, Chow Kueh Teow and other cultural dishes that are commonly found on the busy Malaysian streets. Nyonya does an incredible job replicating the taste and texture of these dishes.

CHEAP EATS
Cocoron

Eating soba is an art in itself. It’s not complicated, but certain measures should be taken to ensure the best experience.

Soba — literally translating into buckwheat in Japanese — is often served chilled with a dipping sauce, because unlike other noodles, soaking soba in hot soup will change the noodles’ consistency. But that doesn’t mean that soba can’t be served in hot broth.

Tucked in the Lower East Side, Cocoron aims to offer healthy Japanese home cooking that will lift your spirits, inducing the “heartwarming” feeling that its name translates into. The space is small and the tables are packed closely together — typical of Manhattan restaurants — but the dark walls create a calm, comfortable ambiance.

DAILY BITES
Seafood Gone Cray

When was the last time you tasted authentic Cajun seafood? If it was a long time ago, you’re due for a meal at The Boil.

This Lower East Side eatery serves fresh crustaceans, most of which are flown in straight from Cajun Land itself: Louisiana. Cajun cooking involves plenty of cayenne and fresh black pepper. So yes, a tolerance for spiciness would come in handy. The Boil offers four levels of spiciness to suit your tastebuds: mild, medium, spicy, and fire.

DAILY BITES
Pok Pok Phat Thai's Pad Thai

The Lower East Side is amazing for its never-ending plethora of cheap, tasty dishes. When we discovered Pok Pok Phat Thai over the weekend, we couldn’t keep this to ourselves. We just had to share the goodness! Located on 137 Rivington St, this tiny outlet offers authentic Thai food, with marble counters protruding from the walls to serve as tables. Photos of Thai artists from decades ago consumed the walls, dating the restaurant back to an older period. It was a clean, cozy setting, nothing too overwhelming.

Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes. It is also one of Pok Pok’s best-sellers. It would be a pity to go all the way to one of the city’s favorite pad thai spots and not try the signature dish. That would be like jetsetting to Asia and settling on McDonald’s. The pad thai arrived in all its steaming glory, garnished with chives, eggs, dried shrimps, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili powder and lime halves on a layer of banana leaf. Asian dishes are usually colorful, and the pad thai did not lack in visual appeal.

DAILY BITES
Dirty, Sexy Hotdog


Soho, NY-- we walked out of Los Perros Locos feeling dirty. Perhaps it was from the bright neon sign spewing an obscenity of pink all about, or maybe it was the strangely aphrodisiastic Mas Perfecto we tried--a hot dog blending NYC, Colombia, and just enough old school Miami. Whatever it was, we found ourselves wanting to watch, on VHS, the younger and more svelte Al Pacino introducing us all to his little friend. Yeah, that good kind of dirty.

DAILY BITES
Earth Matters: Lower East Side's Tasty Local Grocer

Earth Matters has been around for 11 years in the Lower East Side on Ludlow Street. Even though many chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have been opening up in across the city, places like this, thankfully, still survive.

Earth Matters is both a health food store and eatery. Their retail section consists of produce from big suppliers, along with some of the farmers in the area. They also sell products like tea, coconut water, bulk nuts, skin care materials and assorted supplements. Their refrigerators also stock ready-made meals like “Better than Pasta” kelp noodles or macrobiotic dumplings. With such a wide assortment of interesting food, Mimi, the owner, suggests for newcomers to try out their raw desserts, especially the raw cinnamon roll.

ALL ACCESS PASS
The Knocks Talk Turntables, Touring, and NYC

Straight out of New York's Lower East Side, indie-electronic duo, The Knocks, has been blowing up recently by putting out their own brand of dance music. Known for their viral remixes of tracks by the likes of Katy Perry, M83, and Dragonette, Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Jpatt" Patterson bring a sound we can only describe as falling somewhere between retro and new. What we do know is that it definitely makes us want to dance!

Just before a performance at Mansion Nightclub, the two sat down with Joonbug at the Perry Hotel in South Beach to tell us a little bit about their musical roots, their career goals, and what life is like for an artist in NYC.