FOOD + DRINK: Outdoor Dining Below Canal Street - Battery Park (7.20.17)
Summer is finally here (took long enough…) and in full swing below Canal Street. And, if there’s anything better than eating and drinking outdoors, we over here at Life Below Canal wouldn’t know. However, it’s not always easy to find outdoor space that serves full, proper meals or just apps and snacks. So, in honor of maximizing our time outside, we are kicking off a neighborhood series sharing our favorite spots to grab a bite and/or a drink outdoors.
Check out our rundown of the best outdoor dining below Canal Street, the Battery Park edition.
Treadwell Park (301 South End Ave)
This new beergarden offers plenty to do when the weather isn’t great (think ping pong, video games) but, when it’s nice, they’ve got two outdoor spaces to enjoy a round of Jenga while you try a new beer or pretzel larger than your head. They’ve got a robust menu of upscale, funky bar food that you can easily make a casual lunch or dinner out of it.
Inatteso Pizzabar Casano (28 West St)
The only thing that could top Battery Park’s best pizzas is offering outdoor table servive where you can enjoy them. We enjoy the sharable pies, seasonal pastas, and insalata trevisano.
El Vez NYC (259 Vesey Street)
This Philadelphia import won our hearts with the massive space, family-friendly service, and solid spicy skinny margaritas. While it’s not massive, their street side outdoor seating makes for a great Sunday night dinner with friends or family, and gives you a new way to enjoy the nacho mama nacho tray (yes, tray), fresh chips and guac, and the excellent taco selection.
P.J. Clarke’s On The Hudson (220 Vesey St)
The Hudson views alone are worth visiting. But their updated food menu has some great options, especially if you’re looking to share. We recommend the housemade tater tots (full disclosure, we DON’T share these so don’t ask), the crispy zucchini chips, The classic burger (extra pickles), and the shoestring fries.
Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place)
You may know Pier A as the ultimate drinks spot no matter the season (with both indoor and outdoor space) or crowd (they’re family and large-group friendly), but their menu has enough options that pretty much every picky eater can find something for lunch or dinner. While the bi-level seating is great in colder months, we’re all for the outdoor picnic benches open during the warmer months. Don’t be deterred by the wait. We’ve found it’s never as long as they say it’ll be, and they text you, allowing you to walk around The Battery in the meantime. We like the warm giant pretzel (and for extra mustard) and the lobster cutters (essentially mini lobster rolls).
Beaubourg (225 Liberty St)
Le District’s full-service restaurant has incredible Hudson views and plenty of outdoor seating for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. They’ll even let you park your stroller table-side, which we appreciate, or move to their couches if you’re looking to get more comfortable vs. a traditional table. We recommend the tuna tartar, the mushroom cavatelli and the classic steak frites.
Amada (250 Vesey St)
Amada is a great go-to for brunch (with an excellent meal deal) or group dinners (those paellas aren’t made for 1 or 2). In the warmer months their outdoor seating makes for great dining, with breezes coming off the harbor but the buildings protecting you from the midday sun. We also love to DIY our sangria flights by working our way through the seasonal offerings. We recommend passing on the patatas bravas, but digging into the jamon serrano, ensalada de jamon, piquillos rellenos, ensalada verde, cordero picardo and the albondigas.
North End Grill (104 North End Ave)
The outdoor seating offers a quiet area to take advantage of $1 oysters available all day every day, as well as their extensive lunch and dinner menus. We like to share the king salmon “mi-cuit,” the farm lettuces salad, and the whole grilled branzino to keep it light and enjoy catching up with the inevitable friends and neighbors passing by. If you’re looking to really splurge, you can’t go wrong with the duck fat fries.
Grand Banks (Pier 25)
People think of Grand Banks as an epic outdoor boat bar, and we’re cool with that, since it means they don’t take advantage of making a reservation for lunch or dinner. With an updated menu for Summer 2017, Grand Banks offers complete meal offerings, including tomato and watermelon salad, lobster rolls, soft shell crabs, and ceviche. Tables are limited for advance reservations, so make sure you grab one, especially on Summer Fridays when it gets really crowded.