Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Although the Financial District lacks a lot of late night choices, it offers some great outside dining spots from the seaport to battery park. Whether you're dining at PJ Clarkes in the World Financial Center Marina or you're in the more touristy seaport-- the financial district has some scenic dining spots.
When I first moved into my apartment, I got sucked into the restaurants at the seaport but as I walked around I found some really great spots tucked away from the tourist trap. Beekman street has some really great restaurants whether you're looking for a small snack or a nice dinner. Some of the restaurants that I have visited thus far are Aqua, Nelson Blue, Salud!, and this little italian trattoria whose name excapes me. Most of these places have awesome outdoor dining, which is perfect for a quick lunch or romantic dinner.
My friend Amanda and I decided to take advantage of the weather and grab some lunch. We walked along the cobblestone streets and landed upon Fresh Salt, which is right next to Salud!. We sat outside as the waitress brought us some water in a glass bottle. I kind of like when restaurants do this because I drink a lot of water and its nice having water at my disposal. A negative of having the bottled water was the keeping the water cold. The water wasn't cold to begin with, but it only got warmer as it was pretty hot outside.
The menu was rather small, but had some nice choices from fresh salads to artisanal sandwiches. Amanda got a nice size salad while I ordered the "The Works"-- a pita melt with three cheeses, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, baby artichokes, and onion. The pita melt reminded me of a personal pan pizza, only the ingredients were fresh and delicious. Although the pita melt didn't fill me up, it hit the spot. Maybe next time I'll try a sandwich.
I'd definitely recommend this place if your looking for a nice lunch spot. Sitting outside is so awesome if the weather is right. Its a great spot to grab a bite than take a scenic walk afterwards.