If you’ve been on the Hudson River running path by Battery Park, you may have noticed people drinking wine on couches or hanging out at tables behind rows of bushes. It’s not a commune, it’s Merchants River House. You can go here for a full meal, but we like it best for drinks during Happy Hour (4-7pm on weekdays) on the first-come couches on the terrace.
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