At the foot of Brooklyn Bridge is Manhattan’s oldest restaurant building, said to date back to 1794. It’s now home to the casual, atmospheric Bridge Cafe (279 Water St., near Dover, 212/227-3344, $24), serving lots of solid seafood dishes and a popular brunch.
A downtown branch of the acclaimed midtown bistro run by chef-turned-writer Anthony Bourdain (author of Kitchen Confidential), Les Halles Downtown (15 John St., between Broadway and Nassau St., 212/285-8585, $20) is heralded for its “American beef, French style” and lively atmosphere.
For scrumptious Argentine take-out, including more than a dozen types of empanadas, stop by Ruben’s Empanadas (15 Bridge St., between Broad and Whitehead Sts., 212/509-3825).
Watering Hole: Feel like a Wall Street tycoon and have a drink on the balcony at the Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall St., 212/699-4096) and enjoy the private club atmosphere.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition