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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.

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Black Fox Coffee Co.

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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

Voyager Espresso

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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

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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

Gregorys Coffee

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It's so close and yet so terrible. Avoid unless desperate. Also just look at that logo man. —MB

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La Colombe Torrefaction

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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

Leo's Bagels

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Hand-rolled bagels, traditional spreads and deli staples.

Financier Patisserie

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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.

Pisillo

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Giant sandwiches.

Luke's Lobster

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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.

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There is no off season. // @yeahfoodbeer

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Fields Good Chicken

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Upmarket counter offering chicken in salads, sandwiches, and bowls.

Dig Inn

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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

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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

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This burrito chain is 30 percent better than Chipotle.

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine

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Sure, why not?

Kuu Ramen

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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.

sweetgreen

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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.

Mooncake Foods

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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.

Shake Shack

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SHAKE SHACK

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Adrienne's Pizza Bar

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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.

Shorty's

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Authentic Philly cheesesteaks just steps away from the office — need we say more?

Harry's Cafe and Steak

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SIT DOWN LUNCH

Underdog

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DRINKS

The Dead Rabbit

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Excessively hip cocktail bar that fills up quickly after work. Third floor space can be rented out for $$$$.

Blacktail

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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.

Fraunces Tavern

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Historic tavern/restaurant/museum with drinks, food, and all kinds of weird nooks to hang out in. Go to this place.

Vintry Wine & Whiskey

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As the name hints, there’s a splurge-worthy selection of wine and whiskey, plus excellent hand-crafted cocktails to boot.

Matryoshka

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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.

Delmonico's

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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

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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.

Delmonico Grill

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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.

Augustine

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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

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Weird name but probably the best delivery sushi available downtown. The walls are garage doors that open onto Peck Slip in cold weather months.

Fresh Salt

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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

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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.

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Join us tonight for an after-work drink by the bar

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MarkJoseph Steakhouse

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This Seaport steakhouse offers solid take on the Peter Luger experience, and, appropriately, a very good clams casino. Good bar for sports viewing, too.

Barbalu

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A recasting of the defunct one-time Eater 38 member Barbarini, Barbalu serves good Italian food in a cool room.

Il Brigante

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Very, very good pizza that’s definitely in the conversation on downtown’s best. Try the Ortolana.

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Did you say pizza?!?

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Cowgirl Seahorse

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Spinoff of Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, this hidden Seaport favorite serves creole food and alcohol in all shapes and sizes.

Eataly Downtown

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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)

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Oculus — lots going on here, food-wise

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A Vox Media favorite. You can’t wrong with fried chicken courtesy of David Chang.

Brodo - SoHo

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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

Thunder Bun

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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

PokeGreen

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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

Lenwich

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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

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Vox Media

Home to all Vox Media NY teams! Yay!

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

Voyager Espresso

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

Gregorys Coffee

It's so close and yet so terrible. Avoid unless desperate. Also just look at that logo man. —MB

View this post on Instagram

Say hello to my little friend

A post shared by Gregorys Coffee (@gregoryscoffee) on

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

Leo's Bagels

Hand-rolled bagels, traditional spreads and deli staples.

Financier Patisserie

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.

Pisillo

Giant sandwiches.

Luke's Lobster

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.

View this post on Instagram

There is no off season. // @yeahfoodbeer

A post shared by lukeslobster (@lukeslobster) on

Fields Good Chicken

Upmarket counter offering chicken in salads, sandwiches, and bowls.

Dig Inn

NYC health chain serving cafeteria style platters of various vegetable slops, grains, and meats.

Chop't

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.

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Sophie's Cuban Cuisine

Sure, why not?

Kuu Ramen

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.

sweetgreen

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.

Mooncake Foods

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.

Shake Shack

SHAKE SHACK

View this post on Instagram

@soflafoodie crushed the ‘gram game #shakeshack

A post shared by SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) on

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.

Shorty's

Authentic Philly cheesesteaks just steps away from the office — need we say more?

Harry's Cafe and Steak

SIT DOWN LUNCH

Underdog

DRINKS

The Dead Rabbit

Excessively hip cocktail bar that fills up quickly after work. Third floor space can be rented out for $$$$.

Blacktail

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.

Fraunces Tavern

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

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.

Delmonico's

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.

Delmonico Grill

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.

Augustine

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.

Fresh Salt

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.

View this post on Instagram

Join us tonight for an after-work drink by the bar

A post shared by The Paris Cafe (@pariscafenyc) on

MarkJoseph Steakhouse

This Seaport steakhouse offers solid take on the Peter Luger experience, and, appropriately, a very good clams casino. Good bar for sports viewing, too.

Barbalu

A recasting of the defunct one-time Eater 38 member Barbarini, Barbalu serves good Italian food in a cool room.

Il Brigante

Very, very good pizza that’s definitely in the conversation on downtown’s best. Try the Ortolana.

View this post on Instagram

Did you say pizza?!?

A post shared by Il Brigante (@ilbrigantenyc) on

Cowgirl Seahorse

Spinoff of Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, this hidden Seaport favorite serves creole food and alcohol in all shapes and sizes.

Eataly Downtown

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

View this post on Instagram

Have you visited our store in the Oculus?

A post shared by Sweetcatch Poke (@sweetcatchpoke) on

Fuku

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