The Wall Street Inn
9 South William Street
New York, NY 10004
Downtown isn’t just for business lunches anymore. There’s a great food and great fun every night of the week and on weekends, too. You’ll find the perfect setting for any occasion, from family-friendly cafes to sexy wine bars to haute cuisine. Best of all, many Lower Manhattan restaurants boast views that can’t be matched anywhere else in New York. The neighborhood’s unique geography guarantees that you can find and array of restaurants with magnificent vistas – and lovely outdoor seating in summer. On Downtown’s eastern edge are several spots featuring views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the tall ships of the South Street Seaport. The west side boasts colorful sunsets over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
One Hanover Square (at Stone & Pearl Sts.)
Tel: (212) 514.9454, Bar opens at 4:30 PM, dining 5:30 PM
Located in the landmark India House, Bayard’s has been beautifully restored, featuring a dramatic dining room, wood-burning fireplaces, antiques, rich mahogany furnishing, and a masthead from a 19-th century clipper ship. It’s a grand settling for the acclaimed French and American cuisine. Classic specialties such as Dover sole meuniere, roasted squab, and rack of lamb are complemented by selection from the superb wine list. Save room for a soufflé, the perfect finale to a memorable dining experience.
53 Stone Street (between South William and Pearl Sts.)
Tel: (212) 422.3500
For lunch, you will find a smorgas board of open-face Scandinavian sandwiches like Coldwater Shrimp, Smoked Salmon with Egg & Chives, and Chicken Caramel with Norwegian goat cheese and asparagus. For weekend brunch, enjoy Scandinavian Baked Eggs with a chantarelle hollandaise, Eggs Benedict, Burgers, and Vanilla Waffles. Now partnering with The Wall Street Innt to serve in-room guest dining seven days a week.
56 Beaver Street (at William St.)
Tel: (212) 509.1144, Mon-Fri Lunch & Dinner, Sat - Dinner
First opened in 1827, Delmonico’s is an Old New York institution that became the nation’s best-known restaurant of the nineteen century. It moved to its present location in 1982, in a landmark building near the heart of the Financial District. With rich cherry-wood wainscoting and a grand marble staircase, it’s an exquisite and elegant setting for savoring the classic dishes that built the Delmonico’s reputation, including the famous Delmonico steak, lobster Newburg and a flamboyant baked Alaska.
54 Pearl Street (at Broad St.)
Tel: (212) 968.1776, 11:30AM - 4:30PM - lunch, 4:30PM - 9:00 dinner
Step back in time as you dine in the historic tavern where George Washington bade farewell to his troops at the close of the American Revolution. There’s a series of spacious, elegant dining rooms plus a more causal tavern area. Enjoy all-American fare like New England clam chowder, a New York strip steak, brook tout with tomato and okra stew, roast turkey breast, and butterscotch bread pudding. While here, soak up some history with a visit to the upstairs museum (details in our quick area guide).
20 Battery Place
Tel: (212) 528.2228
Sister establishment of the popular Cigino Trattoria on Greenwich Street, Gigino’s boasts an appealing menu of authentic Italian specialties, including an array of superlative pasta dishes, seafood creations and fresh salads. The desserts are beautifully chosen wine list features many fine Italian labels. There’s a sleek contemporary interior, and if the weather’s fine, you can sit outside and enjoy spectacular views of the sunset and New York Harbor.
Pier 17, South Street Seaport (at South and Fulton Sts.)
Tel: (212) 227.2800, located on 3-rd Fl., 11AM - 12 midnight, bar open later
Harbor Lights offers a wonderful waterfront view of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The outdoor terrace is especially appealing in warm weather. The creative seasonal menus feature contemporary American cuisine, with a special emphasis on seafood, including Maryland crab cakes, seafood paella and sesame-crusted salmon. The beautifully presented desserts are standouts.
84 William Street (between Maiden Lane and Platt Street)
Tel: (212) 809.8038
This Downtown branch of the Lemongrass chain is housed in a casual, modern setting. Warmed with traditional Thai accents, the walls are adorned with hand-made Buddha sculptures. Service is prompt and courteous and the Thai dishes offered here are very reasonably priced. Pads, plats and peds – take your pick!
Three Hanover Square (at Hanover Place and Pearl St.)
Tel: (212) 747.1300, 12 PM - 9 PM, Mon-Fri
This small, cozy family-oriented restaurant offers Northern Italian cuisine, much of it prepared tableside. Joseph’s menu includes favorites such as jumbo Portobello mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, spinach and fontina cheese; medallions of veal with cognac, shallots, mushrooms, and a truffle cream sauce; filet of sole stuffed with lump crabmeat and jumbo shrimps.
15 Stone Street (between Broad and Broadway)
Tel: (212) 952.0620
Nebraska, a handsome Old New York spot featuring warm dark-wood décor, is a high-end steakhouse with professional service and a fine wine list. Top-quality dry-aged steaks are expertly prepared and served in generous portions – with roasted garlic smashed potatoes o the side, of course. You might start with hearty fillet mignon chili or a “monster” shrimp cocktail, and finish with a slice of rich, creamy cheesecake.
119 South Street (at Peck Slip)
Tel: (212) 240.9797
Many bars and restaurants claim to be historic, but the Paris Café is the real McCoy. Established in 1873, it has hosted everyone from Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Stop at the antique mahogany bar for a leisurely drink and admire the East River and Brooklyn Bridge views. The menu is American and continental with fresh daily seafood specials and hearty steaks and burgers.
279 Water St
Tel: (212) 227.3344
The oldest remaining tavern in New York City, Bridge Café is great for a an eclectic mix of American modern cuisine, as well as a nice glass of wine. Wine Discovery Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are designed to whet your appetite by offering 30% off all bottles purchased.
25 Broad Street Ground Level
Tel: (212) 344-8463
Bobby Van's is a legendary name for fine steaks. The kitchen serves epic cuts of prime beef - tender, juicy, cooked to perfection, and accompanied by all the classic steakhouse side dishes. Warm, professional service and an outstanding wine list make for a lavish dining experience. Make sure to visit the downstairs Grill Room which has been converted from what was a century-old bank vault.
Other restaurants that we recommend:
The Dubliner 45 Stone Street Tel: (212) 785-5400
Cipriani 55 Wall Street Tel: (212) 699-4099
Harry's Cafe 1 Hanover Square Lower Level Tel: (212) 785-9200
Stone Street Tavern 52 Stone Street Tel: (212) 785-5658
Adrienne's Pizza Bar 87-89 Pearl Street Tel: (212) 248-3838
Catering Halls and Meeting Halls
Bridgewaters 11 Fulton St New York, NY 10038 Tel: (212) 608-7400
Battery Gardens Inside Battery Park (across from 17 State Street) 17 State St, New York, NY 10004 Tel: (212) 809-5508