The Best Restaurants in South Street Seaport, Manhattan

The South Street Seaport district offers a great variety of dining options in Lower Manhattan
The South Street Seaport district offers a great variety of dining options in Lower Manhattan | © Ian Dagnall Commercial Collection / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 September 2020

The South Street Seaport is one of the most scenic and historic areas of Manhattan. Where Fulton Street meets the East River, there are many places to go and have a meal for a reasonable price. Whether you are looking for something fast or a sit-down meal, this area has you covered. Here is our round-up of this neighborhood’s top restaurants.

Cowgirl Sea-Horse

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Inside of a Cowgirl Sea-Horse restaurant/bar at Seaport, New York City
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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 every day 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.

Fresh Salt

Bar, American, $$$
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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 have always been 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.

Barbalu Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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After having their first restaurant, Barbarini Alimentari, completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, power couple Stefano Barbagalla and Adriana Luque pulled together and re-built Barbalu where their old eatery 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 (£15), Barbalu is a great place for a fine meal to enjoy with friends and family.

The Paris Café

Restaurant, American, $$$
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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.

Industry Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Restaurant Industry Kitchen, South Street Seaport at East River, below Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, Manhattan, New York City. Image shot 09/2016. Exact date unknown.
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With a breathtaking 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 for atmosphere. Executive chef Sean Chudoba gets creative with his meals and serves a variety of American dishes, from pizza for dinner to chocolate pizza for dessert. His creations are not to miss. New Yorkers and tourists alike love this place for its matchless ambience and simply delicious food.


Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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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 their main menu feature delectable Japanese dishes, but they also have a brunch menu, all of which is fairly priced. Great food with a cozy vibe makes SUteiShi a go-to spot at the Seaport.

Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, North American, $$$
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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 Coffee, your new favorite pre-, mid-, and post-workday restaurant. With a variety of coffees and quick bites, all organic, this quaint find is a definite go-to.

MarkJoseph Steakhouse

Restaurant, American, $$$
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If you are in search of the best burger in New York City, look no further than MarkJoseph 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.

Trading Post

Restaurant, American
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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 simple yet innovative meals and its stylish multiple seating areas with scenic views. This is the best place to sit back, relax and let the world rotate without you for a bit.
These recommendations were updated on September 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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