The Orchard House

146 Orchard Street (at Rivington Street)
(212) 777 8600
www.theorchard.com

Yes, real shoes dangle from the celing here on this terrific lower east side eatery.
Lots of shoes ...  swinging from the ceiling at this cleverly casual spot with loud Shepard-Fairey designed wallpaper
psoradically on the otherwise wooden and earth-toned walls. But the food is the thing. The warm spinach spread is delicious
even without its accompanying toasts. The clam chowder is particularly inviting; muscles and root vegetables savor in warm
broth diced with  English curry - and is highly recommended.

Also recommended: Perfectly al dente gnocchi basking in a creamy ricotta sauce with ultra-Brussels sprouts.Yes!