Tourists and traders have to eat too. Luckily, Manhattan’s Financial District
, once considered a culinary wasteland, has evolved into an oasis of international eats. From hearty Irish fare to So-Cal cuisine, here are the best restaurants in New York City’s FiDi.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Brought to you by the same team behind local favorites Financier Patisserie and Ulysses, Adrienne’s Pizzabar
promises patrons a positive dining experience before they even sit down. Serving up a solid selection of Italian menu mainstays, it’s the pizzas that stand out here (no easy feat in New York City). Expect the unexpected at Adrienne’s, where square-shaped 18.5-inch pies pack a crisp crust and generous toppings.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Irish, $$$
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
’s food proves just as remarkable as the restaurant’s name; it has racked up more than 1,000 raving Yelp reviews. Classic Irish cuisine, featuring dishes such as ham and cheese toasties, sausage rolls, and a full Irish breakfast plate, has earned the Dead Rabbit numerous accolades, including “World’s Best Bar” in 2016. The restaurant is open from brunch to dinner to late-night drinks and promises a lively eating experience, every time.
Restaurant, North American, $$$
In a city dominated by trends, one veteran restaurant has managed to stay in style since 1837. The first fine-dining restaurant in America, Delmonico’s
is no doubt New York’s earliest trendsetter, a credit crystallized by the eatery’s invention of eggs Benedict, baked Alaska, and other now-ubiquitous dishes. Sophisticated riffs on steak house classics, including king crab macaroni and cheese and house-cured maple bacon, pair perfectly with the signature steaks and wine selection that put Delmonico’s on the map.
Courtesy of Delmonico’s Restaurant, credit: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen, none
Are you craving a break from FiDi’s more buttoned-up businesses? Kuu Ramen
’s casual atmosphere and affordable prices (not to mention its mouthwatering menu) is the area’s antidote for lackluster lunch breaks. Here, Kuu’s signature chicken broth is simmered for more than eight hours, resulting in a creamy ramen base to which garlic chips, miso beef slices, fiery ground chicken, and more can be added.
Pisillo Italian Panini
Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Italian, none
Forget financial tips from the Wall Street Stock Exchange or government intrigue at City Hall, as FiDi’s best-kept secret may just be this hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop (seriously). Come lunch time, Pisillo Italian Panini
is brimming with bankers, construction workers, and more in-the-know neighbors looking for a fast meal that won’t slow them down. Enhanced by exceptional customer service, Pisillo’s super-sized sandwiches come stuffed with Italian cured meats, truffle oil, fresh-made mozzarella, and more.
Restaurant, North American, Seafood, $$$
Since setting up shop in FiDi in 2011, beloved local chain Luke’s Lobsters
has become the area’s go-to spot for a taste of the sea in the city. Menu items such as blueberry lemonade, lobster and corn chowder, and Luke’s famous lobster rolls provide a smack of summer year-round.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Italian, $$$
Experience a taste of Tuscany at Felice 15
, the Financial District outpost of a popular Upper East Side chain. Romantic lighting, artistic décor, and a wholesome menu featuring high-quality ingredients make for an upscale environment with surprisingly accessible prices. Felice’s eco-friendly list of over 100 Italian wines and dishes such as veal ragù with 30-month-aged cheese and imported anchovy toast make mealtime feel like a vacation.
Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
The neighborhood’s “cool factor” begins and ends with El Luchador
, a quirky (think Mexican wrestling décor and vintage furnishings) eatery serving “Mexican street food with a So-Cal flair.” Settle into El Luchador’s converted 1960s Airstream to enjoy vegetarian burritos, beer-battered fish tacos, nachos, and more.
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, American, Chinese, $$$
There’s more to fast-casual Italian fare than plain old pizza, and Parm
is the proof. Here, Italian-American cuisine involves 10-layer eggplant parm, Italian fries, and San Gennaro-style Chinese ribs. With locations across the city (and its signature selection of parm sandwiches), Parm is setting the standard for Italian eats in New York.
Courtesy of Parm