Financial District

Establishment neighborhood
Hermès Parfumerie
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.
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.
P.J. Clarke’s
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.
Gild Hall
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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