Welcome to 85 Broad! For many of us, this new location is just as awesome as it is completely foreign. Here you can find the best places for outdoor dining, coffee breaks, happy hour drinks, and everything in between. Go forth.Read More
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Black Fox Coffee Co.
There is no equal in downtown — and possibly all of Manhattan. It features coffees from three of the best roasters in the country at any given time and somehow manages fairly immaculate preparation of everything from pourovers to cappccuinos, even when customer reaches full frenzy. (Right before work and around 2pm.) It's an Australian shop, so there are flat whites, of course, and a decent selection of very solid breakfast and lunch items — yogurt and overnight oat bowls, avocado toast, soup, salads, sandwiches, etc. This is where you should buy your bags of coffee to take home. — resident coffee obsessive Matt Buchanan
A close second to Black Fox, it's hidden inside of the subway station on John Street, near William — the back side of the Fulton Street Station — has a weird space age kind of vibe. They have a rotating roaster selection — so far, their taste seems impeccable — and a better-than-average spread of coffee and espresso drinks. (The "Barista's Breakfast," for instance, is a one-and-one, which is to say, a shot of espresso served straight and as a macchiato.) The pro move in the morning is to get the breakfast smoothie with a shot of espresso in it; the smoothie is pre-blended so you won't have to wait. — resident coffee obsessive Matt Buchanan
Bluestone Lane Coffee Shop
Once upon a time, the coffee was from Sightglass and it was good. Now it's not either of those — though they're apparently in the middle of a switch to a different roaster, so maybe it'll get better? — but the avocado smash with feta is still pretty okay. — MB
It's so close and yet so terrible. Avoid unless desperate. Also just look at that logo man. —MB
La Colombe Torrefaction
The draft latte is truly a marvel of our age. If you must order something else — which, why??? — make sure it has some form of milk in it, like a cappuccino. Otherwise, La Colombe's coffee is super roast-y and acrid. —MB
Hand-rolled bagels, traditional spreads and deli staples.
This Stone Street pioneer offers picture-perfect French pastries, in addition to snacks, small sandwiches, and soups, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s a good chain.
If you would like to spend $20 on a very delicious lobster roll + bag of Cape Cod chips about 60 seconds from the office, you should go here.
Fields Good Chicken
Upmarket counter offering chicken in salads, sandwiches, and bowls.
NYC health chain serving cafeteria style platters of various vegetable slops, grains, and meats.
You know what Chop't is.
GRK Fresh Greek - Financial District
This is a sandwich shop with a terrible name that serves gyros and plates and GREEK FROZEN YOGURT WITH SWEET CHERRY PRESERVES.
Dos Toros Taqueria
This burrito chain is 30 percent better than Chipotle.
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
Sure, why not?
This good and cheap ramen-ya has a sub-specialty in mouth-singeing spicy ramen, including “kuu chili,” which incorporates dried chiles boiled for eight hours in a paitan broth with ground chicken. Pork, soy, miso, and an unusual beef broth also available. Lunch specials available.
Grab-and-go. The salad chain with a cult following changes its salad and grain bowl offerings seasonally. Lines can be long, but if you order from the app, you can walk in and pick up at specific times.
I bet you won't actually go farther than Wall Street for lunch, but yes, there is a Mooncake Foods here. Mooncake Foods is generally delicious.
Adrienne's Pizza Bar
Sometimes we all deserve to take an hour, sit down at a proper restaurant, and eat a delicious square pie with a coworker on Stone Street.
Authentic Philly cheesesteaks just steps away from the office — need we say more?
Harry's Cafe and Steak
SIT DOWN LUNCH
The Dead Rabbit
Excessively hip cocktail bar that fills up quickly after work. Third floor space can be rented out for $$$$.
For after work, the famed cocktail team behind The Dead Rabbit also have this Battery City Park bar/restaurant with an Americans-in-Cuba theme. It's got a nearly 90-page cocktail menu and food options like rib steak, a Cuban sandwich, and tres leches cake.
Historic tavern/restaurant/museum with drinks, food, and all kinds of weird nooks to hang out in. Go to this place.
Vintry Wine & Whiskey
As the name hints, there’s a splurge-worthy selection of wine and whiskey, plus excellent hand-crafted cocktails to boot.
Matryoshka, one of New York’s best Russian restaurants, is located inside Spa 88 on Fulton Street (near Gold). Admission to the space is NOT required to eat here; the best dishes include Siberian pelmeni (pork dumplings), kharcho (spicy Georgian lamb soup), and vegetarian borscht.
Historic downtown steakhouse and INVENTOR OF THE BAKED ALASKA. Prob not going to be your everyday move but you should give it a shot one of these days.
Ulysses Folk House
Before Spotted Pig there was Ulysses, a way-downtown Stone Street gastropub which offered the first outdoor seating on that fenced-off thoroughfare right behind 85 Broad. Hamburgers are of the big and lush variety (good veggie burger, too), plus shepherd’s pie, moules frites, and salmon with mushroom risotto.
If you want Delmonico’s eponymous steak, classics like eggs Benedict, expensive wines but not the stuffy nature of the main dining room head to the Grill next door; where you can also get a burger, steak sandwiches, and other chophouse fare.
Keith McNally’s pretty new restaurant in the Beekman Hotel is the perfect place for a lunch meeting, an after work drink, or a date night dinner. The appetizers are more fun than the entrees, and as is usually the case with McNally establishments, the burger is a standout.
SUteiShi Japanese Restaurant
Weird name but probably the best delivery sushi available downtown. The walls are garage doors that open onto Peck Slip in cold weather months.
Tucked on Beekman Street in the Seaport, Fresh Salt is a nearly perfect, unpretentious bar that also serves up decent bites. Outdoor seating in summer.
The Paris Cafe
This classic neighborhood tavern has a bar that dates back to the 19th century. It’s a great old space with a friendly staff and a food menu that’s a notch above what you find at your average pub.
This Seaport steakhouse offers solid take on the Peter Luger experience, and, appropriately, a very good clams casino. Good bar for sports viewing, too.
A recasting of the defunct one-time Eater 38 member Barbarini, Barbalu serves good Italian food in a cool room.
Very, very good pizza that’s definitely in the conversation on downtown’s best. Try the Ortolana.
Spinoff of Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, this hidden Seaport favorite serves creole food and alcohol in all shapes and sizes.
Sprawled across the third floor of 4 World Trade Center, there’s a lot going on here including multiple spots for wine, quick eats, and serious meals.
World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus)
Oculus — lots going on here, food-wise
A Vox Media favorite. You can’t wrong with fried chicken courtesy of David Chang.
Brodo - SoHo
For when you need something sustaining other than solid food, this is a sure bet. More energizing than gatorade, Brodo is your way to go. — Ellie Rountree
A small chain across new york, thunder buns has delicious burgers, chicken sandos, and vegetarian options at a good price and friendly service. their sides are also delicious, too. — Ellie Rountree
Poke spots are now a dime a dozen, but this one sets itself apart with unusual topings and combinations you can’t find anywhere else. don’t be scared of the long lines, they move fast. — Ellie Rountree
On almost every corner of corporate NYC, Lenny’s is an institution dating back to the ’90s (or maybe even ’80s) for the best lunch-time sandwiches around. no matter which location, they’re always consistently and quickly made. better than your corner deli, lenny’s is a workhorse sandwich shop for professionals. — Ellie Rountree
With a daily lunch buffet and other delicious vietnamese and thai specialties, this is the neighborhood go-to for a classic pad thai or pho. — Ellie Rountree