Downtown New York Dining - Great Restaurants Below 14th Street
Downtown New York is one of the most historic and intriguing neighborhoods in the United States. It has long been the heart of the financial industry and home to Wall Street, and in recent years, it’s has also emerged as an around-the-clock community for working, living, and entertaining, an elegant residential neighborhood, a home to world-class cultural institutions, and a center for music, dance, and visual arts events. It’s also home to a wide variety of restaurants, including many of the city’s best.
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
From the moment you enter Tribeca’s Ninja New York and are greeted by the staff clad in jet-black Ninja ensembles, you’ll know you’ve entered another dimension. A recreation of a hidden 18th-century Japanese ninja village, it’s a one-of-a-kind, very entertaining dining experience combined with high-end contemporary Japanese cuisine. 25 Hudson St. btw. Reade & Duane Sts., 212-274-8500; ninjanewyork.com.
LOWER EAST SIDE
Opened in 1888 by a Russian immigrant family, Katz’s Delicatessen is without question a Lower East Side institution, serving up oversized, hand-carved sandwiches piled high with corned beef, pastrami, brisket, and other fine cuts. Grab a ticket and get in line for some of the city’s best deli food enjoyed by, perhaps most famously, Meg Ryan in When Henry Met Sally, four U.S. Presidents, and countless Tinseltown and political stars. 205 E. Houston St. at Ludlow St., 212-254-2246; katzdeli.com.
With great food, an outdoor cafe, and live jazz all day and night, Garage Restaurant and Café has it all. Multi-level dining allows everyone to have the best seat in the house, whether you relax on richly upholstered banquettes or overlook the entire scene from a cozy booth on the balcony. 99 Seventh Ave. So., 212-645-0600; garagejazz.com.
First opened in 1918, Monte’s is an “old school” Italian restaurant with a welcoming staff, a long menu, modest prices, and an Old World spirit. Choose one of the “specials of the evening” and the wine to go with it. 97 MacDougal St., 212-228-9194; montes1918.com.
Tio Pepe combines two surprisingly dissimilar cuisines -- Spanish and Mexican -- and offers a lively bar scene, a sidewalk cafe, peppy Latino music and a main dining room with a skylight garden patio room, chandeliers, and stone and brick walls. 168 W. 4th St., 212-242-9338, 212-242-6480; tiopepenyc.com.
Villa Mosconi is celebrating over 30 years of satisfying hungry patrons. Their three dining rooms (including a Four Season Garden) offer the perfect setting for celebrating any occasion, whether it’s a romantic evening out, a family gathering, or a business dinner. 69 MacDougal St., 212-673-0390; villamosconi.com.