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The bar at Manhatta
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20 Stand-Out FiDi Restaurants and Bars

Where to eat in the Financial District and Battery Park City

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The Financial District still has a ways to go as a food neighborhood, yet there is a good mix of downtown mainstays and uptown transplants calling FiDi home. Here’s a list of restaurants and bars — from quick lunch stops and solid happy hours to places to bring a client and date-worthy destinations — that stand out in the neighborhood otherwise known for its offices and high-rises.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Vez and Burrito Bar

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Colorful and large, Stephen Starr’s no-frills Mexican restaurant is good for a group dinner or post-work drinks at happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features food specials in addition to $10 drinks. Standout dishes include plates of duck mole, lamb tacos, chile relleno, and Baja fish tacos.

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth
El Vez
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Racines

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Racines is well-known among natural wine drinkers and wine collectors who head to the French wine bar for its by-the-glass specials. An ideal visit here includes a bottle to accompany plates by new chef Diego Moya — steak tartare and grilled cabbage with duck fat — to share with a date or small group.

A restaurant dining room with a long grey bar running along the right side against a red brick wall. Wooden tables and chairs are set up alongside a mirrored left wall.
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Seamore's

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For happy hour in the neighborhood, the sprawling Brookfield Place location of seafood mini-chain Seamore’s is one of the cheapest options. At 4 p.m., well drinks, draft beers, and house wines go for just $4 and then go up to $5 at 5 p.m. and $6 at 6 p.m. Plus, for the full duration of happy hour Monday through Friday, there are $1 oysters. Weekend brunch brings $6 mimosas, bloody marys, and bellinis or $25 for a pitcher.

Augustine

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When Keith McNally trekked downtown, he created an instant classic inside the recently revamped Beekman Hotel. It’s got quintessential McNally vibes (think that yellow lighting), and a menu that crosses over with much of his classics. Get the steak tartare, rotisserie chicken, or dry-aged strip. At brunch, don’t sleep on the bread basket. Heads up: It’s a journey to the bathroom.

Brown barstools stand against a long wooden bar, where four rows of alcohol bottles are backlit
Augustine
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Joe’s Pizza Fidi

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The latest outpost of NYC slice stalwart Joe’s serves the usual menu of simple slices. The neighborhood is home to a lot of middling slices, so it’s best to stick with a place as reputable and dependable as Joe’s for an on-the-go, affordable food option.

Joe’s Pizza
Joe’s Pizza
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Keste Wall Street

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This family-run pizzeria is a Neopolitan devotee’s dream, where the Caporuscio family is serving more than 20 pie varieties, right alongside its pizza school. It’s hard to go wrong with any pizza, but the margherita with arugula and prosciutto is a stand-by. There’s an entire gluten-free section, too.

A circular pizza with whole cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms on top.
Keste
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Xi'an Famous Foods

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Homegrown chain Xi’an Famous Foods remains a family-run gem essential enough for the Eater NY 38. It’s FiDi location attracts crowds at lunch for the especially popular cumin lamb and other dishes like cold-skin noodles and dumplings. A satisfying meal can easily come in at under $15.

Hand-pulled spicy cumin lamb noodles being lifted with chopsticks
Xi’an Famous Foods
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Schilling

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This neighborhood restaurant serving Austrian food with Mediterranean touches opened in 2016 and remains a chill option for drinks and dinner. It works for a meeting or for a date, set in a cozy, rustic space with lots of wood. Chef Eduard Frauneder of the East Village’s recently closed Edi & the Wolf cooks up bistro fare like wiener schnitzel and spaetzle.

Schilling
Schilling
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Hole in the Wall Cafe and Bar

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This go-to breakfast spot is more spacious and bright than its name implies. Avocado toast and flat whites are standout at the Australian cafe, as is the iced coffee come summer. Grab coffee and a bite pre-work and beer, wine, and cocktails post.

Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
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Manhatta

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Sixty floors up, Danny Meyer’s Manhatta offers some of the best dining views in the neighborhood. Its dining room looks out onto the East River, the Manhattan Bridge, and Brooklyn, and behind the walnut and granite bar, the rest of downtown Manhattan is visible. There’s a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $88, with dishes like lobster quenelles with trumpet mushrooms as well as morel risotto.

Dorlan's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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Find pub food and vibes at Dorlan’s, which serves oysters, burgers, and beers in a casual setting ideal for drinks. Old Bay-seasoned chicken fingers are a standout iteration of the classic bar food. With a kitchen that stays open until midnight daily, it’s a solid late-night option, too.

Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
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Pearl Diner

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Pearl has stood out since the 1960s in the high rise-ridden Financial District, serving up big breakfast plates in a tiny, quintessential diner space. During the week it opens at 7 a.m., and nearby office workers start filing in soon after for a morning meal. The menu offers more than 40 burgers, but stick to a classic cheeseburger or bacon burger, with fries. Don’t expect frills.

Black Fox Coffee

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There are plenty of places to grab coffee in FiDi, but Black Fox is one of the top options for its roasts as well as its food. A vegetable-driven menu includes sandwiches, salads, and toasts. Enjoy it to-go or post up with a laptop in its sunny, plant-filled space.

A barista stands behind the counter of a busy coffee shop, where customers line up to order and pay
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Leo's Bagels

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Open for over a decade, Leo’s is the long-standing place for bagels in the neighborhood. All the classics, including lox and white fish, are on hand, and there are also deli offerings like sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries. It also serves up local Counter Culture Coffee.

This Fuku location recently rolled out a menu overhaul, adding waffle fries, rice and beans, mac and cheese, and an all-day bone-in fried chicken program. It remains a solid go-to in the fast-casual-filled neighborhood. A quarter chicken runs $8, or $11 with sides. There are also slushies — with and without alcohol.

A piece of fried chicken is poking out of from two buns. Slices of cucumber and cheese can be seen below the chicken. Nick Solares

Westville Wall Street

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This reliable American full-service chain known for its vegetable plates has locations all over the city, and the FiDi location sits near the water. Rotating lunch specials crop up and are usually listed on the restaurant’s website. It’s a dependable option for delivery, too.

Harry's NYC

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This steakhouse has been around since 1972 and serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and a late-night menu in its throwback, recently renovated space. There are several cuts of steak on the dinner menu, as well as pastas, fish, and other meaty entrees like a lamb curry and a kobe burger. A late-night bar menu offers sliders, dry-aged strip steak on toast, and tempura-battered onion rings.

Bombay's Indian Cuisine

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Fine Indian offerings and even better pricing have kept Bombay’s Indian Cuisine a FiDi favorite since it opened more than a decade ago. The brightly lit interior has plenty of tables for sitting, in a space that’s keen on simplicity. Most entrees are vegetarian, but lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka work for a meaty option. Expect generous portions.

Bombay’s Indian Cuisine
Bombay’s Indian Cuisine
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Fraunces Tavern

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There are over 200 whiskeys and 130 beers and ciders to select from at this long-running tavern with a storied history that dates back to 1762. Ownership has changed hands many times through the years, and at times, its fate has hung in the balance. But it’s still kicking, offering booze and tavern fare like fish and chips, steak and a slow-roasted chicken pot pie in a low-lit, dark-wooded space.

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

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Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s multi-level ode to an Irish pub has been consistently winning awards since touching down in 2013. Recently, the bar added even more space to accommodate drinkers. During the week, the after-work crowd files in for the best cocktail option in the neighborhood, and the weekends are an all-day drinking den. Weekdays also usher in dollar oysters from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second floor. Arrive before 6 p.m. to snag space, or head to nearby Cuban-themed sibling bar Blacktail.

The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit
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El Vez and Burrito Bar

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth
El Vez
El Vez [Official Photo]

Colorful and large, Stephen Starr’s no-frills Mexican restaurant is good for a group dinner or post-work drinks at happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features food specials in addition to $10 drinks. Standout dishes include plates of duck mole, lamb tacos, chile relleno, and Baja fish tacos.

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth
El Vez
El Vez [Official Photo]

Racines

A restaurant dining room with a long grey bar running along the right side against a red brick wall. Wooden tables and chairs are set up alongside a mirrored left wall.
Racines
Daniel Krieger/Eater

Racines is well-known among natural wine drinkers and wine collectors who head to the French wine bar for its by-the-glass specials. An ideal visit here includes a bottle to accompany plates by new chef Diego Moya — steak tartare and grilled cabbage with duck fat — to share with a date or small group.

A restaurant dining room with a long grey bar running along the right side against a red brick wall. Wooden tables and chairs are set up alongside a mirrored left wall.
Racines
Daniel Krieger/Eater

Seamore's

For happy hour in the neighborhood, the sprawling Brookfield Place location of seafood mini-chain Seamore’s is one of the cheapest options. At 4 p.m., well drinks, draft beers, and house wines go for just $4 and then go up to $5 at 5 p.m. and $6 at 6 p.m. Plus, for the full duration of happy hour Monday through Friday, there are $1 oysters. Weekend brunch brings $6 mimosas, bloody marys, and bellinis or $25 for a pitcher.

Augustine

Brown barstools stand against a long wooden bar, where four rows of alcohol bottles are backlit
Augustine
Nick Solares/Eater

When Keith McNally trekked downtown, he created an instant classic inside the recently revamped Beekman Hotel. It’s got quintessential McNally vibes (think that yellow lighting), and a menu that crosses over with much of his classics. Get the steak tartare, rotisserie chicken, or dry-aged strip. At brunch, don’t sleep on the bread basket. Heads up: It’s a journey to the bathroom.

Brown barstools stand against a long wooden bar, where four rows of alcohol bottles are backlit
Augustine
Nick Solares/Eater

Joe’s Pizza Fidi

Joe’s Pizza
Joe’s Pizza
Gary He/Eater

The latest outpost of NYC slice stalwart Joe’s serves the usual menu of simple slices. The neighborhood is home to a lot of middling slices, so it’s best to stick with a place as reputable and dependable as Joe’s for an on-the-go, affordable food option.

Joe’s Pizza
Joe’s Pizza
Gary He/Eater

Keste Wall Street

A circular pizza with whole cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms on top.
Keste
Melissa McCart/Eater

This family-run pizzeria is a Neopolitan devotee’s dream, where the Caporuscio family is serving more than 20 pie varieties, right alongside its pizza school. It’s hard to go wrong with any pizza, but the margherita with arugula and prosciutto is a stand-by. There’s an entire gluten-free section, too.

A circular pizza with whole cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms on top.
Keste
Melissa McCart/Eater

Xi'an Famous Foods

Hand-pulled spicy cumin lamb noodles being lifted with chopsticks
Xi’an Famous Foods
Nick Solares/Eater

Homegrown chain Xi’an Famous Foods remains a family-run gem essential enough for the Eater NY 38. It’s FiDi location attracts crowds at lunch for the especially popular cumin lamb and other dishes like cold-skin noodles and dumplings. A satisfying meal can easily come in at under $15.

Hand-pulled spicy cumin lamb noodles being lifted with chopsticks
Xi’an Famous Foods
Nick Solares/Eater

Schilling

Schilling
Schilling
Schilling [Official]

This neighborhood restaurant serving Austrian food with Mediterranean touches opened in 2016 and remains a chill option for drinks and dinner. It works for a meeting or for a date, set in a cozy, rustic space with lots of wood. Chef Eduard Frauneder of the East Village’s recently closed Edi & the Wolf cooks up bistro fare like wiener schnitzel and spaetzle.

Schilling
Schilling
Schilling [Official]

Hole in the Wall Cafe and Bar

Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall [Official Photo]

This go-to breakfast spot is more spacious and bright than its name implies. Avocado toast and flat whites are standout at the Australian cafe, as is the iced coffee come summer. Grab coffee and a bite pre-work and beer, wine, and cocktails post.

Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall [Official Photo]

Manhatta

Sixty floors up, Danny Meyer’s Manhatta offers some of the best dining views in the neighborhood. Its dining room looks out onto the East River, the Manhattan Bridge, and Brooklyn, and behind the walnut and granite bar, the rest of downtown Manhattan is visible. There’s a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $88, with dishes like lobster quenelles with trumpet mushrooms as well as morel risotto.

Dorlan's Tavern & Oyster Bar

Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar [Official]

Find pub food and vibes at Dorlan’s, which serves oysters, burgers, and beers in a casual setting ideal for drinks. Old Bay-seasoned chicken fingers are a standout iteration of the classic bar food. With a kitchen that stays open until midnight daily, it’s a solid late-night option, too.

Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar [Official]

Pearl Diner

Pearl has stood out since the 1960s in the high rise-ridden Financial District, serving up big breakfast plates in a tiny, quintessential diner space. During the week it opens at 7 a.m., and nearby office workers start filing in soon after for a morning meal. The menu offers more than 40 burgers, but stick to a classic cheeseburger or bacon burger, with fries. Don’t expect frills.

Black Fox Coffee

A barista stands behind the counter of a busy coffee shop, where customers line up to order and pay
Black Fox Coffee
Black Fox Coffee [Official]

There are plenty of places to grab coffee in FiDi, but Black Fox is one of the top options for its roasts as well as its food. A vegetable-driven menu includes sandwiches, salads, and toasts. Enjoy it to-go or post up with a laptop in its sunny, plant-filled space.

A barista stands behind the counter of a busy coffee shop, where customers line up to order and pay
Black Fox Coffee
Black Fox Coffee [Official]

Leo's Bagels

Open for over a decade, Leo’s is the long-standing place for bagels in the neighborhood. All the classics, including lox and white fish, are on hand, and there are also deli offerings like sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries. It also serves up local Counter Culture Coffee.

Fuku

A piece of fried chicken is poking out of from two buns. Slices of cucumber and cheese can be seen below the chicken. Nick Solares

This Fuku location recently rolled out a menu overhaul, adding waffle fries, rice and beans, mac and cheese, and an all-day bone-in fried chicken program. It remains a solid go-to in the fast-casual-filled neighborhood. A quarter chicken runs $8, or $11 with sides. There are also slushies — with and without alcohol.

A piece of fried chicken is poking out of from two buns. Slices of cucumber and cheese can be seen below the chicken. Nick Solares

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