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Aug 22, 2008 11:45 AM

Financial district mid-priced professional lunch

The expense account is very tight but I need to take my guys out for a decent lunch to celebrate a team achievement. Not steakhouse expensive. Not deli cheap. A mid-priced restaurant with decent waiter service. Walkable from the NYSE area.

Any ideas???

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  1. It's down by South Street Seaport so I think it's very walkable for NYSE so how about the Paris Cafe? And it would be a nice walk back along the water after a meal.

    1. PJ Clarkes - it's a pub-style restaurant but nice service and great atmosphere.

      1. Thanks for these suggestions. PJ Clarkes is too far to walk unless they opened a new location.

        Any other suggestions?

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        1. re: morris

          Try the strip of restaurants on Stone Street - Adrienne’s, Financier, Stone Street Tavern, Ulysses, Waterstone Grill. They have a nice outdoors space and its a 5 or 6 minute walk to the NYSE. Avoid it at happy hour – complete sausage party.

          1. re: MShapiro

            Any opinions on Waterstone Grill?

        2. Table Tales is a little cafe that is on a cobblestone street that runs parallel to Water Street in the seaport area. Not sure of the exact address but you can google it. The atmosphere is very nice for the price point and the food is awesome. Best sandwiches in the entire financial district IMO. Try the buttermilk chicken, the pulled pork or the Sunday gravy with braciole. It's a really great addition to the area. Most sandwiches are under $10.

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          1. re: ChowDiva

            Second Table Tales, one of the best kept secrets in the neighborhood. They're waiting for their wine license so still BYOB too. Acqua is also a good option. Food at both is better than The Paris.

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Can Table Tales comfortably handle a group of 12?

              1. re: morris

                They have one large table. Should work. Don't know if they take reservations. Grace is the owner.

                1. re: morris

                  morris, Libertine might be a fun option. Though new restaurants are never on my go to list:


                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    Just scoped out Libertine on our way to Financier. They were serving breakfast this morning.

              2. re: ChowDiva

                ChowDiva, Table Tales is located at 243 Water Street (212-766-2370).

              3. Belle de Jour is another solid option. It is all the way at the end of Front Street and situated directly below the Brooklyn Bridge. Makes for some good conversation. It is a very romantic bistro by night but during the day it is prefect for a professional lunch. >

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                1. re: daz9nyc

                  daz9nyc, are they open again? They have opened and closed so many times. We have tried to go there on many occasions because we live in the neighborhood. . . I only know one person who had dinner there (ages ago) and she said it was decent. What would you recommend? Thanks. fdr

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    They are open again. I had 2 very satisfying dinners their in the last 2 weeks. The last time I was there they said they were opening for lunch this week. I hope they stay open, the owner is very sweet and the place has so much character. Most importantly, the new chef consistently delivered. The 3 burgers with 3 sauces is really tasty.

                    1. re: daz9nyc

                      Thanks, daz9nyc. We will check it out. There are so few options in this neighborhood . . .

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        How about Gigino down by the Ritz by the water - Food is pretty good, view terrific (best on a nice day) - I would think its about the same type of walk from NYSE as the seaport

                      2. re: daz9nyc

                        daz9nyc - Belle de Jour is history. Cow Girl (there is one on 11th & Hudson) which serves Tex Mex will be coming soon!