Experience Lower Manhattan’s Food Scene at Dine Around Downtown

Experience Lower Manhattan’s Food Scene at Dine Around Downtown

Lower Manhattan’s dining scene is exploding and shows no signs of slowing down. The neighborhood has become a top destination for casual eateries and high-end restaurants by superstar chefs, with new openings announced seemingly every week. “Lower Manhattan arguably has more marquee chefs now than Las Vegas,” wrote FSR Magazine in an article titled How NYC’s Financial District Became America’s Most Alluring Restaurant Market.

Eating your way through Downtown NYC one restaurant at a time would take ages, but fortunately, there’s Dine Around Downtown. The one-day food festival presented by the Downtown Alliance takes place Tuesday, May 22 at the 28 Liberty Street plaza from 11am to 3pm. Over 30 restaurants will offer small plates of their signature menu items for just $3-$7 each. Admission is free and open to the public.

The full list of participating restaurants is available here, but the following are some standouts that we suggest you save room in your stomach for.

Blue Smoke Battery Park City

A member of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Blue Smoke provides a taste of Southern barbecue and hospitality right here in New York City.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Brisket or pork burnt ends

Delmonico’s Restaurant

Delmonico’s is one of NYC’s oldest restaurants and continues to be one of the city’s top fine dining establishments. Their steakhouse fare never fails to impress.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Grilled steak sandwich; lobster bisque soup

Eataly NYC Downtown

Italian marketplace Eataly has been a New York foodie paradise and tourist favorite since 2010. Eataly NYC Downtown, opened in August 2016 within Westfield World Trade Center, is themed around bread.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Crunchy housemade cannoli filled with local cow’s milk ricotta

Insomnia Cookies

As the name suggests, Insomnia delivers freshly baked cookies until 3am.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Warm chocolate chunk cookies

Le District

This massive food hall located within Brookfield Place is often called the French version of Eataly.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Lobster mac and cheese; merguez hot dogs with chips; cookies


Manhatta is another Lower Manhattan gem by hospitality mogul Danny Meyer, perched sky-high on the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty Street skyscraper.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Crab salad with leeks, crème fraiche and artichokes; chilled cucumber soup; canelé

The Tuck Room

This modern speakeasy by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard, situated in the newly rebranded Seaport District, pays homage to NYC’s liquid history.

Offerings at Dine Around Downtown: Tuck Room signature crab cake; double chocolate donut holes with liquid nitrogen ice cream; Heizenberg Farmer’s Market rhubarb-berry lemonade

The above is just a fraction of what Dine Around Downtown has to offer. For more on Lower Manhattan happenings like this one, follow the Q&A Hotel blog.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Alliance