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Which restaurant in Lower Manhattan is the best?

Are you looking for the best restaurants in Lower Manhattan? Then you’ve come to the right place – because I’ll show you the hottest Italian, Mexican, French and American places where New Yorkers hang out. The choice of restaurants in Lower Manhattan is huge – so there’s bound to be something for you!

To help you quickly and easily see which spot is near you, find all Lower Manhattan restaurants on an interactive map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Restaurants in Lower Manhattan

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    Balthazar

    French Restaurant in SoHo
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    The stylish restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. Outside the menu you can also choose from the seafood bar and the delicacies from the Balthazar Bakery. The breakfast is legendary and the home-baked bread is especially convincing. By the way, you can get a lot more of it in the adjacent bakery.

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    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Japanese Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese-style tavern and a traditional sushi bar with a fine dining experience. This spot is all about bonding together at a fun place to drink with delicious food selections. From small plate options to family-style platters, Blue Ribbon has got you covered. The location of this Lower East Side restaurant is also beautiful and convenient if you want to jump right into the East Village. 

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    Drift In

    Sea Food Restaurant in West Village
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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village. They serve oysters and the best lobster roll in town – no wonder, the team behind the Drift In is the same as at my beloved PILOT Brooklyn and GRAND BANKs. Just great!

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    Eataly

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    In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very remeniscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of ecellent pasta, salads, and sandwiches. In terms of price, it has to be said in advance that a pizza starts at $15 and can cost $25. Nevertheless, this Italian food market is for me one of the most beautiful and best in the city!

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    Gelso & Grand

    Italian Restaurant in Little Italy
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    The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only super stylishly furnished, but also has typically Italian good espresso. The audience is colourful: from families with children to couples and business espresso guests.

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Industry Kitchen

    American Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant offers typical American cuisine with modern influences. Fresh ingredients form the basis for the dishes. Salads, pizza and freshly grilled meat combined with first-class wines make a visit to the Industry Kitchen highly recommended. Beer lovers and cocktail fans will get their money’s worth here, because the selection is great.

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    Manhatta

    French Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion. Not only is the food here at the highest level – so are you! Located on the 60th floor, it offers you a magnificent view of the city!

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    Pier A Harbor House

    Sea Food Restaurant in The Battery
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    The Pier A Harbor House extends over two levels and also offers a large outdoor area. The restaurant area has been completely restored and shines in new splendor. On the second floor you will also find the cocktail bar. Here you will find seafood dishes, sandwiches and tacos on the menu. Prices range from about $15 to $25 and cocktails cost about $12 to $15. Happy Hour is from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 19.00.

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    Super Taste

    Asian Restaurant in Chinatown
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    Here it can quickly get crowded, the shop is really super small. Super Taste is probably the best place to visit in Chinatown NYC if you are looking for some authentic and great quality noodles. The amazing food is reason alone to visit but with the amazing prices on offer, this is a no-brainer to get a quick and delicious bite to eat on your way through Chinatown.

    Make sure to try the pork belly bao – one of our favorites!

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    The Dutch Restaurant

    American Restaurant in SoHo
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    Unlike the name The Dutch suggests, there are no Dutch specialties, but American cuisine. Besides salads and pasta, there is a large selection of meat and fish dishes. On weekends, there is also plenty of time for brunches – and there is a lot on the menu.

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    Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant

    American Restaurant in Financial District
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    A very unique restaurant in New York’s Financial District is Trinity Place. Why? You eat in the vault of a converted bank! You can eat really good Irish-American food in a great ambience at Trinity Place.

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    Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop

    Rooftop Restaurant in Financial District
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    A trip to New York is an awe-inspiring experience, especially as you find yourself surrounded by buildings that stretch toward the sky in a way that few cities can match. That’s the charm and the appeal of Ampia, one of the best rooftop restaurants in NYC.

    Located in the Financial District, it features lovely little greenhouses that allow for an intimate evening out even when amongst so many titans of industry. 

    Given the limited number, you’ll do best to reach out and reserve a greenhouse ahead of time. That effort is worth it because you’ll know you’re setting yourself up for a wonderful Italian-inspired dinner. We’re suckers for the self-named Ampia, a bright salad of Rocket Arugula and Maine Lobster with a Lemon Vinaigrette.

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    Angelica Kitchen

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

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    Avant Garden

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    In the cozy restaurant in the East Village, the food is served in a very stylish way. The quality is excellent and it tastes fantastic.

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    BigA Bite

    Italian Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    As the name suggests, there are big pizzas here. They can be up to 8 feet long – so BigA Bite is a great experience especially for groups (or for families with big appetites). The pizza dough is very fluffy, tasty and you have a great choice of toppings. Be sure to try the Pizziri to start beforehand. Or the Spicy Burrata!

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    Black Seed Bagels

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    Black Seed Bagels offers delicious homemade bagels and homemade cream cheese options at a low price. You can also get fresh sandwiches, classic or fancy, with all the ingredients of your choice. Delicious classics are definitely the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese, Smoked Turkey or Tuna Melt. Black Seed Bagels is a great shop with a lot of character and good food for New York’s smart spenders.

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    Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

    American Restaurant in Alphabet City
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    Bobwhite counters are known for their fried chicken, which is particularly juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The Coleslaw is sensational and the chicken is served with a homemade spicy BBQ sauce and honey. The menu is small and manageable, but if you’re hungry for good Southern fried chicken, there’s no way around it.

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    Bowery Meat Company

    Steak Restaurant in Lower Manhattan
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    As the name of the restaurant suggests, you will find plenty of meat on the menu. The Bowery offers you a festive five-course menu on the holiday. The menu is a real treat for the palate: in addition to a sweet apple and chestnut soup, a colourful salad with walnuts and pears, you can look forward to a roast turkey and a traditional pumpkin pie.

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    Cuba

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    New Yorkers love the restaurant, especially because of its authenticity. The Cuban music, Latin American interior, excellent mojitos and friendly Cuban staff make this restaurant a must-go. The cuisine is absolutely recommendable. Everything is to the point and it tastes great. My tip: the Churrasco. With it a good wine or a glass of sangria.

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    Da Nico

    Italian Restaurant in Little Italy
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    Especially in summer Da Nico is a popular restaurant because of the many outdoor seating possibilities. The backyard is very romantically designed and invites you to linger. The service is exceptionally friendly and the food is fabulous.

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    Decoy

    Asian Restaurant in West Village
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    Here you get the best Peking duck in town. The restaurant is well known beyond the city limits.

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    Dirt Candy

    Vegetarian Restaurant in Lower Manhattan
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    The small cute restaurant offers its guests elaborate and freshly prepared vegetarian dishes.

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    Dos Caminos

    Mexican Restaurant in Meatpacking District
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    Dos Casminos is especially known for its spicy guacamole and the very good sangria. The charm that the restaurant exudes in each of the 5 locations is absolutely authentic Mexican and provides a successful change after a long working day or a strenuous sightseeing day.

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    El Vez

    Mexican Restaurant in Battery Park City
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    This chic local spot is a very popular place for after-work cocktails. With great food and a nice atmosphere it is worth a visit, especially in the warmer months where you can sit outside. The portions are generous and the prices (main course from $15) are reasonable. Make sure to order a portion of chips and guacamole before you start your main course – the best in town!

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    Fig & Olive

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    Fig & Olive is an upscale restaurant serving seasonal Mediterranean fare. We discovered the restaurant at the end of 2016 during our tour of the Meatpacking District and are still very excited about it (see the Meatpacking District Insider Guide). Very close to The Standard High Line Hotel at the end of High Line Park, it is located in one of the old “warehouse” buildings that are so typical for the district.

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    Flippers

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    Flipper’s Pancake offers some of the fluffiest pancakes in NYC. Eating them feels like biting into clouds!

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    Harajuku Sushi & Crêpe

    Japanese Restaurant in Financial District
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    On the one hand you will find delicious sushi and on the other hand fresh crêpes. The crêpes are filled with avocados, shrimps, pork, eggs and much more. The ingredients are always fresh and you can taste that. Besides savoury crêpes there are also sweet ones. These are filled with chocolate, ice cream, fresh berries and/or homemade Matcha chocolate truffles.

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    Hudson Eats

    Japanese Restaurant in Battery Park City
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    In the Hudson Eats you can enjoy a great view of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. The restaurants are more in the upscale segment, so not really low budget, but even here there are a few alternatives to save a little money. You can find for example the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Umami Burger and Dos Toros Taqueria. The architecture inside is also very impressive. Not only culinary is a visit to Hudson Eats worthwhile.

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    J.G. Melon

    Burger Spot in Greenwich Village
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    Time seems to have passed without a trace here, as the pub still exudes the glamour of the old days – and there is one of the best burgers in town.

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    Jack's Wife Freda

    Vegetarian Restaurant in West Village
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    The trendy café is a magnet for lovers of healthy, authentic cuisine. One could describe it as: “South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine”. At Jack’s Wife Freda, the cuisine is predominantly vegan, kosher and, of course, low-calorie.

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    Jack's Wife Freda

    Vegetarian Restaurant in Lower Manhattan
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    The trendy café is a magnet for lovers of healthy, authentic cuisine. One could describe it as: “South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine”. At Jack’s Wife Freda, the cuisine is predominantly vegan, kosher and, of course, low-calorie.

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    Keens Steakhouse

    Steak Restaurant in Lower Manhattan
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    The Keens is a veteran of the New York steak scene. It was opened ready in 1885. The interior of the restaurant – there are two large fireplaces, lots of dark wood & thick red carpet – lets you slip back into times long past. Not to mention the massive “wall decoration”! A curiosity is the collection of historical pipes on the ceiling. Meanwhile it is the largest in the world!

Best Restaurants in Lower Manhattan on the map

A map with all restaurants in Lower Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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