There are two co-existing food worlds in the Financial District: office workers looking for a quick bite before shuttling off to work, and out of towner crowds heading to the South Street Seaport or lining up for the newly re-opened Statue of Liberty. For the most part, both groups get short changed on good food.
But not everywhere if you know where to look. Here are some of our favorite eats near the South Street Seaport and South Ferry, from quick lunches to sit-down breakfasts to cocktails. Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.
Smorgasbar: This lively Smorgasburg offshoot has brought life back to a once Sandy-ravaged area. Every day until October, grab a drink from the shipping-container-turned-bar or treat yourself to one of the many goodies on offer from some of the city's best vendors.
Veronica's Kitchen Cart: Homemade Caribbean comfort food like curry goat, jerk chicken, and roti flatbread wraps.
All-American Diner: This diner-on-wheels with a ridiculously extensive menu of American classics is as old-school as they come. We're fans of the hefty roast beef sandwich on their signature garlic bread.
Burgers, Sandwiches, and Quick Bites
Dave's Hoagies: Some of the best Philly-style sandwiches in New York with great bread, flavorful meat, and smart toppings. We're into their impressive roast beef hoagie, packed into a Parisi bakery roll and topped with "the Works," a mess of giardiniera and cheese.
Go! Go! Curry: Tasty Japanese curry in huge portions.
Shake Shack BPC: In a region starved for cheap lunch options, a short walk uptown to our favorite burger chain's Battery Park City location is probably worth your while.
GRK: Ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up, GRK sells both frozen and fresh imported Greek yogurt with an array of unusual toppings, like rose petal preserves. Their not-exactly-traditional but definitely sufficient greek salad rounds it out to a light lunch. If you're a bit hungrier, go for the lamb and beef gyro, our favorite of the gyro options.
Battery Place Market: Office workers in the know flock to the prepared food section at this semi-hidden gem a few steps north of the Seaport area. Their excellent takeout dishes, which range from lump crab cakes to feta-stuffed peppers to house-made chocolate mousse, would make for a great picnic lunch.
Ruben's Empanadas: Tasty fillings abound at this empanada joint, which claims to have been the first to introduce the latin american snack to New York back in 1975. Be forewarned: some find the empanadas to be too big and bready.
Mooncake Foods: A fresh Asian food spot with the atmosphere of a retro diner.
Terri: Vegetarians looking for a filling lunch will be in heaven at this vegetarian sandwich shop. Faux-meats abound, but so do genuinely good veggie-based sandwiches.
Zaitzeff: Our top pick for a fancy (a.k.a not Shake Shack) burger in the neighborhood. It's not cheap, but it's worth shelling out a few extra bucks for this caliber of juicy yet lean grass-fed beef, served up on a fluffy Portuguese muffin.
Comfortable Sit Down
Blue Smoke: One of the first spots to hop on the barbecue trend, the playful riffs on southern classics at Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke still satisfy. Salt and pepper beef short ribs are the must-order here.
Adrienne's Pizzabar: Their famous square "Old-fashioned" pizza, proofed and served in the pan it gets cooked in, is without a doubt one of the best pies in the area.
A Little Fancier
North End Grill: If you're game for a midday splurge in the neighborhood, we highly recommend the business lunch at Danny Meyer's seafood-focused, upscale spin on the bar and grill. The slow poached egg with caviar is a standout, as is the surprisingly memorable dessert menu.
Plein Sud: A good choice for a fancy breakfast or brunch in a beautiful atmosphere. $14 price tag aside, the buttermilk pancakes are a true knockout.
Bars & Lounges
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog: A dual concept drinking locale with a lot of character. You can either sip punch at the decidedly old-fashioned (think early 1800's) cocktail bar upstairs, or grab a brew at the down-and-dirty irish pub downstairs. (Or both).
La Maison du Chocolat: You can't really go wrong with any of the chocolate options at this pricey but elegant Parisian import. In summer, go for their chocolate sorbet; in winter, the hot chocolate. Year round? The macarons.
Financier Patisserie: The first location of the NYC-born mini chain. Their sandwiches are decent but not their strong suit; stop in for their seasonal sweets or an above-average eclair.
FPB: Francois Payard Bakery: We recently praised the macaron icecream sandwiches at FPB, which are in keeping with their tendency towards unexpected and mouthwatering sweets. As with Financier, the desserts are more successful than the savory options.