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    Just some suggestions about where the best places to eat are in this area as that is where i will be staying, thanks people.

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    What sort of food are you interested in? How much do you want to spend?

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    While not the best cuisine that Downtown has to offer, here is a list of restaurants and food places in the World Financial Center if you ever find yourself there either for work or otherwise. There are some good places and some quick eateries as well.

    Link: World Financial Center Dining

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    Financial District’s not the best for food, but you’re not far from Chinatown. Here’s a link to restaurants in both (click on the restaurant names):

    My recommendations, not in Chinatown: (a little expensive but awfully nice, and very old; your wife will love you for it. Go for lunch and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge afterward; there’s another pretty nice place on the other side, the River Café. Stick around and walk the Brooklyn Heights promenade.) (cheap but good) (expensive, and a carnivore’s paradise but hey, it’s American) (moderate)

    You’re also near TriBeCa: (expensive and unforgettable, like an evening in Budapest. Save room for dessert.) (fancy Chinese food in fancy digs designed by a fancy architect. Somewhat fancy prices.) (moderate prices, great plain food, open for breakfast.) (an institution you must not miss. Once and perhaps forever terminally hip; you may see a star. Serves Sunday brunch. Fairly expensive.)

    Helps to make reservations. When in December do you arrive?

    Last edited by ablarc; November 21st, 2005 at 11:05 PM.

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    Delmonico's is a classic. It is the restaurant featured in the book "The Alienist" it is also the restaurant that invented "Lobster Newburg" - it's specialty.

    Fraunces Tavern is okay food. This is a reconstruction of the tavern where George Washington bid farewell to his troops after the Revolutionary War. If you are committed to eating in the financial district, this one isn't bad.

    I enjoyed a great meal at Sequoia at Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport.

    Smorga on Stone Street is the only Swedish restaurant I've ever been to. It offers a great brunch menu.

    That's all I've done in the Financial District. I'm sure there's more.

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    The Bridge Cafe - Water Street.
    Delmonicos - Beaver Street
    MarkJoseph - Water Street

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, can't wait to get out there - 8th - 12th however also going to see my beloved Jets and what a season they are having!!

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    City Hall is nearby and delicious:

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Boycott "City Hall"!!

    City Hall's Henry Meer and his business partners who own the building at 131 Duane St. are trying to evict the long time tenants living above the restaurant, under the guise of "demolition" of the building -- when in fact the owners want to do a gut re-hab and turn the building into a hotel.

    All of this flies in the face of the law / regulations but the government agency in charge (DHCR) has re-defined the word "demolition" to suit the desires of this Landlord.

    Info on this here:

    In truth the owners are scum ... they're very well connected and seemingly serve good food, but scum nonetheless.

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    That's good to know.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Another article on the legal shenanigans regarding 131 Duane / "City Hall" restaurant ...

    State Rules for Owners in Artist Evictions

    Tribeca Tribune

    May 2005
    By Carl Glassman

    A state agency last month gave the go-ahead for the eviction of rent-stabilized tenants living above City Hall restaurant at 131-135 Duane Street. The decision by the Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which the tenants say they will appeal, allows the owners to gut the interior of the building above the restaurant and convert it to luxury apartments.

    Most of the tenants are artists over 60 who pioneered the building more than 30 years ago. The group that owns the building, Duane Street Realty, includes Henry Meer, the restaurant’s proprietor, Martin Gruss, a prominent financier and philanthropist, and Gruss’ son, Joshua.

    The rent stabilization law allows a landlord to evict tenants if he plans to demolish his building and construct a new one in its place. DHCR rejected the tenants’ argument that the owners’ plans, which would leave the restaurant and facade intact, do not fit the definition of demolition.

    Demolition is the only provision in the rent stabilization law that allows the eviction of tenants over 62.

    “It is an egregious example of legal maneuvering and abuse of a loophole” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, “and to have it validated by a state agency is outrageous.”

    If the agency upholds its action on appeal, tenants say they will take their battle to the courts. A loss there, tenant advocates worry, could set a precedent for other buildings.

    “This is the test case that everyone is watching,” said Bill Hall, co-chair of Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants. “Certainly loft tenants would be very much at risk if this is upheld.”

    The DHCR decision had been pending for almost two years. In that time, the tenants rounded up support not only from elected officials but also from Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff.

    Apparently responding to the tenants’ argument that gutting the building would not constitute demolition, in March the owners submitted papers to DHCR, signed by Meer, saying that their architect had filed new plans with the city’s Buildings Department to remove even structural floor beams that support the facade. (Exterior supports would keep up the facade, they said.)

    Barely a month later, DHCR issued its decision, citing the wider scope of work.

    Contacted by the Trib late last month, the architect, Harry Kendall, said he had “no knowledge” of the new plans. “I’m perplexed,” he said.

    Asked about the discrepancy, Cheri Fein, a spokeswoman for Duane Street Realty, called the owners’ claim a “misstatement.”

    Fein defended the evictions in a statement provided to the Trib. She said that the tenants rejected early offers “in excess” of $150,000 and that more recently three of the six tenants refused to discuss any offer and the other three would not discuss offers of less than $1 million to $1.5 million each.

    The tenants, who pay far less than market rate, have “earned income from their professional positions for many years,” Fein wrote, and “reaped the benefit of living in huge spaces for more than 20 years for almost no rent.”

    The tenants’ lawyer, Robert Petrucci, responded that his clients were interested not in money but in keeping their homes. He emphasized that most of the tenants are teachers with moderate incomes.

    “The owners look at this from a purely economic point of view,” he said. “We have another stake in the community that’s not economic, and these owners don’t put any kind of value on that.”

    Tenant Donna Dennis, the artist who created the fanciful fence at P.S. 234, agreed. “It would be the end of my life as I’ve lived it for more than 30 years, both personally and professionally,” she said.

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    As long as you're a Jets fan, you can eat dirt. But if you're a good person, I'll overlook it and recommend Bridge Cafe, Harry's and Bayards.

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    Check out Time Out New York. They have restaurant guides for neighborhoods in NYC. They always have a couple for Lower Manhattan, some weeks they repeat the same restaurant so look for back issues if you want some more options. I've always been satisfied with their reccomendations.

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    Ok, here are my picks, as a local:

    Bridge Cafe for charm. (My favorite of the bunch.)
    Les Halles Downtown for French.
    Cafe Sage for cheap Thai.
    The carts at Liberty Park (weekdays only) for street food.
    Pan Latin Cafe for spanish.
    Liberty View Chinese Restaurant for the view (food OK).

    Nothing that I know of at the Seaport or WFC is worth the trip. If you are willing to venture into Tribeca, however, then you can choose from a collection of phenomenal restaurants, from (relatively) cheap to expensive, my favorite in the former category being Yaffa's (middle eastern).

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    If you want an authentic Wall Street joint, head to Rosario's on Pearl Street for lunch on a weekday. You can hang with the Goldman Sachs traders and seven bucks buys you a ginormous plate of pasta. Baked Ziti especially good.

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