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Little Giant - CLOSED

85 Orchard St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10002-4564
+1 212-226-5047
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good55%
  • Average6%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible6%
31 Jan 2014
“Happy discovery”
20 Jan 2012
“Delicious food and a hip nook in New York's Lower East SIde.”
Restaurant Hours Closed
85 Orchard St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10002-4564
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Stopped in for lunch when we couldn't find the restaurant we were actually looking for. It turned out to be a good thing. Friendly service, tasty sandwiches (we had the curry chicken and the hot roast beef) and great coffee. We stopped in later and...More

Thank DavidandPenny G
Reviewed 20 January 2012

We were hungry for a bite before touring the Tenement Museum and happened upon Little Giant. My two kids are picky eaters, but also good sports so we sat down for brunch. The room is small but decorated with a modern but fun aesthetic. Service...More

Thank 555Canada
Reviewed 5 January 2011

Down Orchard Street from the Tenement Museum in once immigrant/grunge Lower East Side of Manhattan, Little Giant serves immaginative food and drink in a renovated early 20th century store front. Food is fresh, atmosphere relaxing, if cramped, service is friendly but understaffed.

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Reviewed 2 April 2010

Ate lunch here on a Friday. Even thoug it wasn't busy, the service was SLOW (not just food but drinks as well, even salt and pepper). Our server could best be described as a notch above surly. My salad consisted of canned tuna in some...More

Thank Tess G
Reviewed 31 October 2009

Really enjoyed the figs/cheese/pancetta "nibbles" as well as the attentive service. Good wine selection. Scallops had a great flavor and so fragrant with the concord grapes. I have a silly complaint. I did not like the Boylan Tonic water in my vodka tonic, that's it....More

Thank CCurley
Reviewed 24 September 2009

When I eat at Little Giant, I feel like I'm at home. The food is so comforting and the atmosphere is just cozy and warm. Although the menu changes, i highly recommend the short rib entree or duck club and the deviled egg appetizer. Also...More

Thank MissP76
Reviewed 8 September 2009

The food is the main attraction at this Lower East Side restaurant. The menu features some well prepared, seasonally adjusted fish, pork, and meat dishes, which are well served and generous in their portions. The pork with fennel and the roasted skate are both delicate,...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2009

Nice sandwich shop, good sandwich, slightly expensive with bit of a wait.

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Reviewed 26 October 2008

Refined comfort food finds a cozy home at this charming LES kitchen serving Seasonal American belly-filling goodness. Recommend the Trucker's Breakfast (soft-scrambled eggs, hand-sliced slab bacon, andouille sausage, wild mushrooms, & tomato gravy all atop grilled texas toast; side of housemade molasses baked beans). $$

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Reviewed 4 February 2008

Had dinner here this past Saturday and loved it! Try the baby lamb chops and the brik au thon. The restaurant is very pretty and the service was very friendly.

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Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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Restaurant Details

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Casual Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Orchard St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10002-4564
    (SW corner of Broome & Orchard)
  • Public Transportation: F, J, M at Essex & Delancey or B, D at Grand & Chrystie. Visit hopstop.com for transit options.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-226-5047
Nestled in a turn-of-the-century tenement house on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Little Giant has become a local favorite for “belly-filling goodness” for dinner & brunch since opening in 2004.

Chef Julie Taras Wallach’s ingredient-focused menus feature refined comfort food; upscale riffs on homespun standards.

Beverage Director Tasha Garcia Gibson’s wine and cocktail lists mirror the food, maintaining the thought that less is more.

In the kitchen and behind the bar, Little Giant seasonally seeks out small, artisan producers and farmers from the New York area & beyond. The inviting 32-seat dining room feels like a warm, cozy extension of home – but with a friendly, knowledgeable staff!

Our full menu is available at the bar, making it a perfect spot to grab a drink, snack or an entire meal. We also have seasonal outdoor seating.

Reservations are accepted for dinner, lunch and weekend brunch.
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