How to Do Downtown, NYC
Collected by Michelle Summerville , AFAR Local Expert
With art and culture on every corner, foodie finds and world class restaurants, hidden underground cocktail bars and live music seven nights a week, sometimes it’s best to leave it to a local who can help you navigate NYC beyond the bright lights of 42nd Street and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park. Here are some of my favorite neighborhood spots below 14th Street.
102 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
In-the-know New Yorkers do all their gourmet food shopping at Tribeca’s one year old European-style market, All Good Things. As its name suggests, you’ll only find the very best goods procured by the city’s top vendors here – lovely monochrome...
88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Part Roman bath, part Turkish hammam, part massage parlor—it all adds up to a restorative haven in the concrete jungle that is Manhattan. Aire is part of a chain that started in Seville, Spain, and every location is specially chosen to...
3601, 210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Whether it's the first day of summer, your birthday or a Tuesday at 10pm -- any occasion or no occasion at all is the perfect time to drop in for a dozen oysters and a glass of champagne at Aquagrill, Soho's long standing blue and white seafood...
12 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038, USA
Post Hurricane Sandy, the Seaport is still in bad shape -- stores are boarded up with wooden planks, apartment building entrances are chained shut. But that is all starting to change with the help of Brooklyn-based Smorgasburg’s spin-off...
408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
9 Doyers St #1, New York, NY 10013, USA
Don't be fooled by Apothéke's gritty exterior. This is not your typical cocktail bar. Once you pass through the entrance doors, things start getting interesting. For one thing, the bartenders are wearing apothecary outfits and the menu consists of...
Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA
Fete Paradiso, the much buzzed about traveling vintage French carnival that has taken over Governor’s Island for the summer, features an incredible collection of extremely rare artisan-crafted carousels, rides and games. Families and Francophiles...
458 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, USA
An exciting new concept has moved into the old Turks and Frogs space on Greenwich Street in Tribeca -- downtown's first and only ouzerie and taverna, The Greek. The gorgeous dining room is outfitted with leather banquettes, rustic wine barrels and...
115 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
A curated collection of over 450 artisinal wines and spirits. Rustic chic decor created by a former interior designer with his wife, a former Martha Stewart Living editor. A Hurricane Sandy survivor in the South Street Seaport neighborhood....
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, USA
On a charming corner of Greenwich Street in TriBeCa, the Greenwich Hotel is a sophisticated downtown Manhattan property co-owned by actor Robert DeNiro. Since opening in 2008, this boutique hotel has earned a reputation for its discretion (only a...
277 Church St, New York, NY 10013, USA
The only downtown sake spot where you can order by prefecture with the help of a massive painted chalkboard map on its back wall is Tribeca’s new upscale izakaya, Shigure. Located right upstairs from jazz and cocktail joint B Flat, the menu...
228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
This intimate, 110-seat restaurant has been hailed as one of the West Village’s true gems since it opened in 2008, both due to the chef’s fresh take on classic Italian cuisine and the inviting ambiance the cozy, dimly-lit eatery...
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