10 Great Places to Eat in the Financial District
The southern tip of Manhattan is known for many things: waterfront views, the awesome Fearless Girl statue, lots and lots of suits. But it’s never been considered much of a food destination beyond the many grab-and-go lunch spots that shut down at 6 p.m. Thankfully, that's starting to change. Here are eight spots that prove the nabe’s not just all business.
Seaport Food Lab
If you’ve set foot in the Seaport District lately, you’ve surely noticed the historic spot is blowing up these days. Case in point: This pop-up that features rotating guest chefs, like New Orleans’s Alon Shaya (through August 12) and Jessica Koslow of L.A.’s famed Sqirl (August 20 through September 2). And if it’s drinks you’re after, head to the lovely Garden Bar around the corner.
203 Front St.; seaportdistrict.nyc
FiDi regulars know that Stone Street feels like a little slice of Europe, with its cobblestones, string lights and rows upon rows of outdoor tables. And the best place there to grab a bite is Adrienne’s: Get the old-fashioned (grandma-style) pie and people-watch to your heart’s content.
54 Stone St.; 212-248-3838 or adriennespizzabarnyc.com
Pisillo Italian Panini
Is there anything better than a giant, overstuffed sandwich on fresh-baked bread? (Answer: No.) And this spot makes some serious beauties, with fillings like porchetta, prosciutto di parma, buffalo mozzarella and roasted peppers.
97 Nassau St.; 212-227-3104 or pisillopanini.com
City Acres Market
To the delight of anyone who works in the area, there’s been an influx of food halls in recent years. (Eataly! Hudson Eats!) The latest addition is this grocery store-food court hybrid with vendors including Vanessa’s Dumplings, Artichoke Pizza and the Cinnamon Snail.
70 Pine St.; 917-261-4530 or cityacresmarket.com
Surprise: You don’t have to head north to get your noodle fix. The specialty here is rich, soul-warming chicken broth (simmered for eight hours), or if you’re in more of a rice mood, hearty donburi bowls.
20 John St.; 212-571-7177 or kuuramen.com
Hole in the Wall
Every neighborhood needs a great coffee shop, and this Aussie-owned spot will do quite nicely. This is where we’ll be when we need a healthy (but delicious) pick-me-up in the form of turmeric lattes, beet-cured salmon and—of course—avocado toast. Did we mention it’s photogenic as all get out?
15 Cliff St.; 212-602-9991 or holeinthewallnyc.com
On first glance, you might assume this is your standard watering hole, but there’s much more than meets the eye. The family-owned spot turns out some incredible, Asian-inflected eats like drunken fish soup, curry chicken and crispy shrimp fried rice.
111 South St.; 917-363-8101
Because you can never have too much pizza: One of the city’s original (and best) Neapolitan pies, now available south of the Brooklyn Bridge.
77 Fulton St.; 212-693-9030 or kestepizzeria.com
The Wooly Public
In the market for a civilized after-work dinner? You can’t do much better than inside the iconic Woolworth Building, which enlisted an all-star team (formerly of spots including Death & Co. and Maison Premiere) to serve up cocktails like the Gem Heist at the Plaza (gin, aloe, cucumber and strawberry) and new-old-school eats like Peking duck tots and a prime-rib sandwich.
9 Barclay St.; 212-571-2930 or thewoolypublic.com