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Where To Eat At The South Street Seaport

Thinking of heading to the South Street Seaport? Here are the best places to eat.

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There’s a good chance you haven’t been to the South Street Seaport since your mom visited town eight years ago. And that’s OK – we’re afraid of tourists too. But the Seaport has changed a lot over the past few years. The area was hit badly by Hurricane Sandy, leading to the closure of a ton of the neighborhood’s restaurants. But with time, a slew of new places have opened and the Seaport has become a surprisingly nice place to spend a Saturday afternoon – and one of the best places to drink outside while it’s still warm enough. There’s also an all-summer outpost of Smorgasburg, plenty of restaurants and bars, and even a bunch of surprisingly cool stores.

And with the recent announcement that Jean Georges will take over the Seaport’s famous Fulton Fish Market in 2017, the area’s only due to get better. Most of what you’ll find now isn’t going to win any awards, but there is at least one good place for all your basic needs should you find yourself in the area. And yes, we do consider tacos and lobster rolls to be basic needs.

The Spots


Acqua at Peck Slip

$$$$(212) 349-4433
Hours:MON
12PM-11PM

One of the better sit-down dinner places around here, Acqua serves classic Italian food. The name might lead you to think this is a seafood restaurant, but it’s really more of a pasta kind of spot.


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Barbalu

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$$$$(646) 918-6565
Hours:MON
11AM-10:30PM

The restaurant formerly in this space, Barbarini Alimentari, was shut down for a while after Sandy, but its owners reopened as a new Italian place called Barbalu. You’ll find simple pastas, salads, and sandwiches, in a clean, modern environment.


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Il Brigante

$$$$(212) 285-0222
Hours:MON
12AM-10:30PM

Pizza place. Not life-changing, but solid pizza. That’s what you need to know.


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Fresh Salt

$$$$(212) 962-0053
Hours:MON
11AM-4AM

A veteran of the Seaport, Fresh Salt is useful for a reasonably priced brunch or post-work drinks. The food is OK, but the place has been around for years and has a good, non-touristy vibe.


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Cowgirl Sea-Horse

$$$$212-608-7873
Hours:MON
11AM-11PM

Looking to hang out over buckets of beer and chips? Cowgirl Seahorse is another spot with good vibes and passable food for just that.


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Smorgasbar @ Seaport Smorgasburg

$$$$
Hours:MON
11AM-10PM

From Memorial Day through October, the Seaport has semi-permanent little huts for Smorgasburg vendors. Ramen Burger is the big draw, but you’ll also find Red Hook Lobster, Pizza Moto, Cemitas El Tigre, and more. There’s a beer and oyster vendor as well.


Just a block or so outside of the Seaport, you’ll find an outpost of our favorite sort-of healthy Asian comfort food diner. Get some crawfish dumplings and a miso salmon plate.


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Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

$$$$(212) 227-7631
Hours:MON
6:30AM-7PM

Jack’s, which now has several locations, makes some of the best coffee in the city. This is your best bet for a coffee fix around these parts. There’s plenty of seating as well.


Touristy? Most definitely. But if you want views of the water, the outdoor couches here are the best place to have a drink.


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