Vintry Wine & Whiskey
57 Stone St., Financial District
The emphasis at this wine bar is on Burgundy, as evidenced by the dozens of excellent options from the region behind the bar. As the name suggests, they also offer carefully-crafted cocktails that generally revolve around whiskey. While it’s best as a post-work or pre-dinner pit-stop, they serve a limited menu of share plates.
261 Water St., Financial District
Tucked away at the northern end of the Seaport, this old-school steakhouse is one of Manhattan’s main rivals for Brooklyn’s Peter Luger, which is just across the bridge. (Plus, MarkJoseph takes credit cards.) If you don’t love or eat meat it still has its appeal: Namely there's creamed spinach, wedge salads, perfectly whipped potatoes, and asparagus.
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Financial District
Being one of those brands that never executes anything unless it's perfect and luxurious and gorgeous, it's not surprising that Hermès' brand-new perfume-only boutique is stunning. Crafted from concrete, wood, and metal, and designed in collaboration with RDAI and RF studio architects, the space is set up like a house, complete with a grand library and an entryway that's styled like a garden. Speaking of gardens: Jean Claude Elena, the masterful house perfumer responsible for most of their fragrances, including the Jardins series, tapped his daughter, Celine, to create an exclusive scent for the shop. Called The Shop Around the Corner, it evokes the signature scent of NYC: Deli flowers. Done in a fully Hermès way.
8 Fulton St., South Street Seaport
Launched by T Magazine photo director Judith Puckett-Rinella, Whisper Editions is an e-commerce site that sells limited edition collaborations from artists and designers. Case in point: You’ll currently find grey woven totes from Cecilia Pirani, ceramic birdhouses from Michele Quan, and Brown Cannon III surfboards. She’s currently running a year-long pop-up down in the Seaport where you can shop the editions in person.
Bowne & Co Stationers
211 Water St., Financial District
Officially part of the South Street Seaport Museum, this wonderful, old-world print shop, which actually holds the title of being New York City’s oldest operating business under the same name (Robert Bowne started it in 1775). The 19th-century letter presses are still on-site, and you can buy cards that are still made in the shop today, by master printer Robert Warner. Photo: Tyler Orehek Photography
Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Pl., Financial District
This historic 28,000-square-foot building used to be the headquarters of the Harbor Police. Built in 1886, it's a designated New York City landmark and registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to a gigantic refurb, it's now a multi-bar/restaurant destination, and its unparalleled views of the harbor are now open to the public. On the main floor, you'll find the Long Hall and Oyster Bar, which is kind of the perfect pitstop after a long walk along the Hudson—though there's also the whiskey-themed Harrison Room, complete with a really gorgeous stained-glass ceiling, and The Commissioner's Bar, where you'll find old-fashioned cocktails and a deep list of champagnes. Upstairs, there's a fancy restaurant, and above that, a private event space.
Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St., Financial District
The P.J. Clarke’s on 55th Street—it’s been there since the 1880’s—is one of those classic NYC institutions where everyone who grew up on their burgers can think of nothing better. That sensibility translates to the downtown outpost, which seems to play particularly well with bankers who are thrilled to have a burger and a beer to wrap up the day. The Lincoln Square location is a hit with kids walking home from Central Park.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
30 Water St., Financial District
This award-winning bar is incredibly well-executed to feel like a 19th-century Irish pub that’s been subtly turned on its head. (For one, the mixologists are some of the world’s best.) On the ground-floor, you’ll find a classic, though impeccably-designed taproom with bottled punch, whiskeys, and craft beers (along with a hearty menu of sandwiches and pies); Upstairs, it gets a little bit fancier as they make 72 historically accurate cocktails from the 19th-century in a lounge-like room. The food menu upstairs is actually the same, with offerings like sausage rolls, oysters, and burgers. Funnily, there’s a mini-grocery, too, in keeping with tradition where you can buy things like Irish Cheddar and salami to go or eat at the bar.
Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St., Financial District
This offshoot from the Nolita original is part of the Major Food group (Dirty French, Carbone, etc.), and as-to-be-expected it's reliably really good. It couldn't be Parm if it didn't serve a really good one, along with other trattoria standbys like broccoli rabe, penne scampi, and chicken limone. There are also outposts on the Upper West Side, in Williamsburg, and at Yankee Stadium.
15 Gold St., Financial District
This Thompson Street hotel has a lot more personality than you’ll generally otherwise find in the Financial District, as it’s funnily-enough, inspired by an Aspen country house (and more specifically, it's designed by Jim Walrod). The lobby feels a bit like a ski lodge, there’s really good art on the walls, and the beds are topped with tartan blankets. Though its location is a little out of the way if you’re not planning on spending a majority of your time downtown, it’s not that deep into the Financial District and its rates are good for the quality.
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