If Park Avenue and Madison Avenue are where business deals happen, downtown is where New Yorkers go to celebrate the closing. Here are 5 restaurants where you can enjoy critically acclaimed dishes while hobnobing with rainmakers and advertising executives.
5 Downtown Restaurants New Yorkers Love
1. ACMEACME is a contemporary NoHo bistro. Combining chef Brian Loiacono’s Italian-American upbringing with the Daniel Boulud alum’s classic French training, the hot spot serves up seasonal American cuisine in a brick-walled space filled with contemporary art. Classic and reimagined cocktails —as well as a diverse wine list —are available.
2. Mission Chinese
At the revamped New York outpost of the San Francisco cult favorite, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative dishes with Asian-American flavors. The menu showcases a blend of Sichuan heat and spice, served up in a chic Lower East Side space decked out with a roomy bar, communal tables and red banquettes. Avoid the long waits at this downtown hot spot by booking through Reserve.
A coastal Italian restaurant by the team behind Carbone, Santina serves up Italian seafood and grilled fare in a sleek spot under the High Line. The Meatpacking District restaurant’s fish and vegetable-focused menu is inspired by the history of the neighborhood, which once served as a trading port complete with farmers markets. The glassed-in space features natural woods, light blue banquettes and Murano glass fixtures.
4. Tribeca Grill
A buzzing hot spot from Myriad Restaurant Group and co-owner Robert De Niro, Tribeca Grill offers delicious New American fare and a lengthy wine list. The restaurant is warm and inviting with exposed brick columns and walls lined with art by DeNiro’s father.
5. ABC Kitchen
The neighbor restaurant to ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen is Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s New American farm-fresh eatery, complete with a GMO-free menu and locally sourced ingredients. Frequently changing offerings are always free of preservatives and spotlight a vast array of fare. The commitment to sustainability is reflected in the minimal, bucolic-inspired space — a dimly lit, romantic place to enjoy an imaginative cocktail or glass of wine.