If, for whatever reason, you have a hankering to go to a massive, futuristic shopping mall in Manhattan, and you don’t want to go to Hudson Yards, then head to Westfield Shopping Center at the World Trade Center. Once you work up an appetite window shopping, you can check out Eataly on the third floor. For a more formal experience than the fast-casual counters, try Osteria Della Pace, an upscale Italian spot with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of other tall buildings in FiDi. The casual bar area up front is a decent Happy Hour option, when they have $10 wine and cocktails on weekdays until 7pm, but we wouldn’t recommend it for a full dinner. The food, like king fish crudo that’s $16 for four small bites of fish that just taste like the grapefruit served on top, and spaghettoni that’s basically a very average $23 pasta with tomato sauce, is forgettable and overpriced.
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Pearl Diner is an old-school diner in FiDi that’s ideal for a very low-key breakfast or lunch.
With a couple of locations around the city, Luke’s Lobster is a casual spot to grab a good, simple lobster roll.
On the roof of Pier 17 in the Seaport District, The Greens is a big outdoor space where you can drink while playing lawn games with a group.
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Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
Lupa is an ideal spot for that early-in-the-week dinner in Greenwich Village that you sort of want to cancel but can’t.
Santa Panza is a neighborhood pizza place in Bushwick that’s great for nearly any casual dining situation.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
When it comes to FiDi, Augustine is pretty much as good as it gets. Think Balthazar, but for bankers, and with somewhat better food.
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