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The 10 Best Restaurants In South Street Seaport, Manhattan

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Alexis DeFillipo
Updated: 9 February 2017
The South Street Seaport is one of the most scenic and historic areas Manhattan has to offer. Where Fulton Street meets the East River, there are many places to go and have a meal for a good price. Whether you are looking for something fast or a sit-down meal, this place has it all. Here is our round up of this neighborhood’s top 10 restaurants.

Cowgirl Sea-Horse

In July of 2009, owner Sherry Delamarter opened Cowgirl Sea-Horse’s doors. Delamarter, who is no amateur when it comes to the restaurant business, owns other successful establishments such as Tortilla Flats, Gulf Coast, and their well-known sister restaurant, Cowgirl, in the West Village. This Tex-Mex and seafood restaurant offers a variety of drinks and dinner specials everyday of the week as well as interactive game nights, such as trivia on Wednesdays. This multi-colored and creatively decorated restaurant gives off a cozy vibe and is an ace place to dine in Lower Manhattan.

Cowgirl Sea Horse, 259 Front Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 608 7873

Fresh Salt

Inhabiting an 1885 smokehouse where they found their name on an old advertisement, Fresh Salt was opened in 2004 as a neighborhood American bar and café. Ever since it opened, their customers were always unique, ranging from businessmen and women in the daytime to musicians and sailors at night. This bar has an old-school feel and a charm that is indescribable, which is why it is remains so popular. Fresh Salt provides good music and signature sandwiches.

Fresh Salt, 146 Beekman Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 962 0053

Barbalu Restaurant

After having their first restaurant, Barbarini Alimentari, completely destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, power couple Stefano Barbagalla and Adriana Luque pulled together and re-built Barbalu where their old one once stood. With bright string lights lining the ceiling and bar and table seating, this business aims to please by serving delicious food that looks great as well. With almost all meals priced lower than $20, Barbalu is a great place for a fine meal to enjoy with friends and family.

Barbalu Restaurant, 225-227 Front Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 918 6565

The Paris Café

The Paris Café has been around since 1873, which makes it one of New York City’s oldest pubs. So much history lies within the four walls of this restaurant. For instance, Thomas Edison used this place as his second office, and Theodore Roosevelt would come in for a pint during his time as the head of the New York City Police Department. Not only famous for its history, this establishment is well known for their wide variety of craft beers and wholesome cooking. The Paris Café, which overlooks the East River, is the go-to place to watch sporting events while having a great meal.

The Paris Café, 119 South Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 240 9797

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Courtesy of Industry Kitchen

Industry Kitchen

With a breathtaking picturesque view of the waterfront from any seat in the house complemented by their vintage, eco-friendly style, the Industry Kitchen is the place to go. Executive Chef Sean Chudoba gets creative with his meals and serves a variety of American cuisine, from pizza for dinner to chocolate pizza for dessert, his creations are not to miss. New Yorkers and others will love this place for its matchless atmosphere and simply delicious food.

Industry Kitchen, 70 South Street at Maiden Lane, New York, NY, USA +1 212 487 9600

SUteiShi

From corner to corner on South Street, you will find numerous pubs with American cuisine, but if you look closely, you will find SUteiShi, the most wonderful hidden gem the seaport has to offer. Indoor and outdoor seating with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge is only a fraction of what makes SUteiShi so great. Not only does it have their main menu featuring delectable Japanese dishes, but they also have a brunch menu, all of which is fairly priced. Great food with a cozy vibe accented with red lighting makes SUteiShi a go-to place at the Seaport.

SUteiShi, 24 Peck Slip, New York, NY, USA +1 212 766 2344

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

It is a well-known fact that New Yorkers work hard and play hard in their fast-paced lives. In the midst of a workday, it can be difficult to find an equally fast-moving restaurant to comply with their schedules. With great pleasure, we introduce you to Jack’s Stir Brew Coffe, your new favorite pre, mid, and post-workday restaurant. With a variety of coffees and quick bites, all while being organic, this quaint find is a definite go-to.

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, 222 Front Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 227 7631

MarkJoseph’s Steakhouse

If you are in search of the best burger in New York City, look no further than MarkJoseph’s Steakhouse. Although it may be on the pricier side, the premium meat, all handpicked by the owner, makes any money spent completely worthwhile. Beginning as a quaint restaurant on a cobblestone street, this place has blossomed into a can’t-miss stop at the Seaport.

MarkJoseph Steakhouse, 261 Water Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 277 0020

Aqua At Peck Slip

This Italian restaurant’s food could definitely give your Grandmother’s Sunday Dinner a run for its money. With its healthy and traditional-styled meals, Aqua embodies, in its four walls, a real authentic Italian feel that will place you in a trattoria amongst the streets of Venice and Rome. Special features include fresh, daily-made mozzarella cheese, fettuccine pasta, desserts and fresh-baked bread all prepared by Executive Chef Ivan Beacco, who is a complete hit with the patrons.

Aqua at Peck Slip, 21 Peck Slip, Water Street, New York, NY USA +1 212 349 4433

Trading Post

Every once in a while, every New Yorker needs a moment to debrief from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced city life. South Street Seaport offers you this sanctuary at the Trading Post, a classic American restaurant and bar. Burrowed in one of Manhattan’s most historical areas, this place offers you a welcoming and intimate experience, with its simplistic yet innovative meals and its stylish multi-seating areas with scenic views. This is the best place to sit back, relax and let the world rotate without you for a bit.

Trading Post, 170 John Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 370 3337