The Financial District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City, and its cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants that have been around since colonial times.
Check out our top picks below in the NYTG Restaurant Guide: Financial District so you can eat like a pro among the white collar power- lunchers.
NYTG Restaurant Guide: Financial District
This national landmark near the Staten Island Ferry may be the oldest building in New York City, and it’s been operating since 1762. Fraunces Tavern was one of George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War, and John Adams was frequently a guest. The restaurant-bar-museum has spots along both the New York Freedom Trail and American Whiskey Trail and has 200 whiskeys on the menu. Over 130 craft beers and ciders are also available, along with signature cocktails concocted by Fraunces Tavern’s talented barkeeps. Stop in for a drink or grab traditional pub grub like Beef Stew, Rib Eye, Oysters, and Fish and Chips.
Fraunces Tavern is located at 54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
The two-story venue that sits in the triangle at Beaver, William and South William Streets is known as the first fine-dining restaurant in the country. Opened in 1837, Delmonico’s earned recognition for being the sole food vendor in NYC with a set menu, private seating, and tablecloths. Now, it’s recognized as the preferred deal-making spot among Wall Streeters. It’s one of the best NYC steak restaurants, so get a Prime NY Strip, Filet Mignon, or split the Double Porterhouse with your partner. Non-beef options include Lobster, Dover Sole, and Salt Brick Amish Chicken. If you eavesdrop on the conversation between the investment bankers at the table next to yours, you may be lucky enough to leave with a full belly and some new additions to your stock portfolio.
Delmonico’s is located at 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004
The Dead Rabbit
Before the Financial District was filled with skyscrapers and Starbucks, the Five Points and Tammany Hall were havens for Irish and British immigrants. The Dead Rabbit celebrates the rich history of downtown NYC by serving 72 cocktails whose recipes date back to the 1800s. Order one alongside Irish staples like Shepherd’s Pie, Scotch Eggs, and Bangers and Mash. Check out their grocery, which sells traditional Irish and British imported goods. Stop in for unique souvenirs and cocktails like the Lady Killer (Japanese whisky, Irish whiskey, gentian, sesame, orange, lemon, honey, champagne), Sympathy for the Devil (Bushmills, Silver Oat whiskey, port, maple, banana, orinoco bitters, whole egg) or Rapid Jabber (gin, aged genever, cocchi americano, raspberry, quinine, vanilla, sarsaparilla).
The Dead Rabbit is located at 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004
Pisillo Italian Panini
Mayor Bill DiBlasio will tell you that Pisillo has the best sandwiches in NYC. The proprietors import fresh cold cuts and produce from Italy, and their bread is baked in Brooklyn daily. Unlike typical panini restaurants, Pisillo doesn’t serve hot sandwiches; they pride themselves on the quality of their ingredients and think that further cooking would take away from the flavor. There are over 30 sandwiches on the menu, with favorites including the Pisillo (prosciutto, porchetta, bufala mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula, balsamic dressing), Palermo (sopressata, fresh mozzarella, hot peppers, arugula), Capri (bufala mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, arugula, E.V.O.O), and Ariccia (porchetta, provolone cheese, artichokes, arugula, truffle oil).
Pisillo Italian Panini is located at 97 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038
White Horse Tavern
If a dive bar is what you seek, look no further than this hole-in-the-wall where brokers mingle with blue collar workers during happy hour. Well drinks at White Horse Tavern start at $3, and a shot with a 16oz PBR is $5. If you’re hungry, get a Brisket, Roast Beef, or Turkey sandwich at lunchtime. Other menu items include Stuffed Peppers, Fresh Carved Turkey, Pork Loin, and Hungarian Goulash, as well as bar snacks like Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks, and Hot Wings. This pub is dimly lit, smells like stale beer, and has a jukebox – what more could you ask for in an afternoon drinking spot?
White Horse Tavern is located at 25 Bridge St, New York, NY 10004
So concludes NYTG Restaurant Guide: Financial District — check out other NYTG Guides here.