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The 10 Best Restaurants In Manhattan's Civic Center

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Manhattan’s Civic Center is best known for its political importance, with multiple courthouses and New York City Hall within its borders. However, there are also a plethora of incredible restaurants in this NYC neighborhood too; here are our picks for the best 10 to try.
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A classic Italian restaurant, Ecco boasts authentic, old-school Italian fare, with simple décor and wallet-friendly prices. You can’t go wrong with the classic rigatoni filetto di pomodoro with fresh tomatos and garlic, or the gnocchi in a pesto sauce.

Ecco, 124 Chambers Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 227 7074

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Sole di Capri

Sole di Capri is one of this neighborhood’s most affordable restaurants, but if it weren’t for the bright yellow sign, you could easily miss this little culinary gem. Upon entering, you’ll be instantly greeted by a warm atmosphere with southern Italian décor. This is another great spot for pasta; and for dessert, you have to try their tiramisu.

Sole di Capri, 165 Church Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 513 1113

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Pisillo Italian Panini

Pisillo Italia Panini is exactly what it sounds like: a panini shop. But there is nothing ordinary about it. Come here for one of the greatest paninis you’ll ever have. Their breads are baked fresh daily and delivered to their shop, and all ingredients are imported directly from Italy. With delicious food and large portions, this place is sure to leave you satisfied.

Pisillo Italian Panini, 97 Nassau Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 227 3104

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Maxwell’s Bar and Restaurant

While Maxwell’s Bar and Restaurant emits more of a bar vibe than a formal restaurant one, this spot should not be overlooked. With a laid back atmosphere, this is a nice place to enjoy some great drinks and even better food. You can’t go wrong with their burgers, so we suggest getting the Dubliner.

Maxwell’s Bar and Restaurant, 59 Reade Street, New York, NY, USA +1 917 261 6917

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Tre Sorelle

Tre Sorelle brings people from all over to experience their wood fire pizza and amazing pasta. The decor is simple yet elegant, with an exposed brick wall.There pizza has a light, crispy crust and fresh toppings.

Tre Sorelle, 61 Reade Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 619 1080

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Like many of its competitors in this area, Bouley is pricy but worth every penny. The beautiful interior decoration completes the high-end feel to it. Try their five-course lunch tasting special, where you get to pick one item from each section of the menu. Start with the Hawaiin Hiramosa and Nantucket Blue fin with meyer lemon, passion fruit and fresh verbena. Another option is their Long Island duck. The sweetness from the dates matches beautifully with the Indian reservation wild rice and polenta. For dessert get their light and fluffy chocolate soufflé.

Bouley, 163 Duane Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 964 2525

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Dark Horse

A huge hit among Wall Street workers, the Dark Horse offers diners a spot to unwind and watch their favorite sports. With upscale bar food, it is no wonder why so many people enjoy coming here. We recommend the crab cakes or the creamy chicken pot pie.

Dark Horse, 17 Murray Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 608 3900


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Atera is another pricy spot, but offers such a unique food experience that you can’t skip out on a visit. The intimate space allows for diners to really enjoy the whopping 18-course meal. Each menu is designed to imitate the beauty of nature. These Nordic-inspired dishes are always fresh, and beautifully presented.

Atera, 77 Worth Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 226 1444

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Acappella offers some of the greatest northern Italian fare. The scene is very intimate, with dim lighting and candles at every table. We love that every meal here comes with a free appetizer. Try the veal chops, or any of their polenta, a true delicacy of Italy.

Acappella,1 Hudson Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 240 0163

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Blaue Gans

Good Austrian food can be hard to come across. Blaue Gans surpasses all expectations and gives diners a true experience of an Austrian meal. When you walk into the intimate space, you feel as if you are in a small Austrian cafe as the walls are covered in pictures and old newspaper clippings. Apart from the great beer, you should definitely get the weiner schnitzel.

Blaue Gans, 139 Duane Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 571 8880