Financial District Restaurants
54 Stone St., Financial District
If you've ever had a meal South of Canal Street, chances are that Peter Poulakakos was involved. He owns the booming and ever-expanding chain of Financier Patisseries, which line the Financial District and feed pretty much every banker at lunch, he's the force behind the uber-ambitious Le District in Battery Park City, and he also co-owns this quietly delicious pizzeria, which has been around for years. The pies are straightforward in execution (i.e., wood-fired), generously sized and topped, and reliably great. There's also an ample array of salads and antipasto on the menu, as well as Italian classics like chicken parm. On warmer nights you can sit out on the cobblestone street.
215 Murray St., Financial District
Danny Meyer does a lot right at his burger chain, evidenced be the long lines at all the outposts. While we'll always prefer the original kiosk in Madison Square Park, there's a convenient location across from the Natural History Museum on the Upper West Side, as well as one near all the Pier 25 action in Battery Park City. We're big fans because the meat in Meyer’s burgers and dogs is completely antibiotic- and hormone-free, as is the dairy in the shakes and custards. It's also reliably delicious.
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