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May 21, 2012 03:49 PM

Wowing visiting friends near Battery Park/ Wall St.

We have friends coming into the city this weekend--it's supposed to be beautiful.
I haven't been to the Battery Park area in while. I'm thinking it would be fun to find some bars and restaurants with a view of the water in that neighborhood. Food can be good--doesn't have to be exceptional, but ambience should be somewhat lively. Thank you!

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  1. You might want to consider North End Grill. The dinner we had there shortly after it opened in January was delicious, service was excellent (no surprise since it's a Danny Meyer restaurant), and the ambiance was very pleasant.

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    1. re: RGR

      I'm just saying this because the OP mentioned it: there are no river views there. (Maybe a tiny sliver of one, at most.)

      1. re: Sneakeater

        We were there at night and not seated near the window side of the dining room, so I wasn't sure if there is a water view.

        1. re: Sneakeater

          Dependent upon where you are, you can kinda see a little bit of NJ peeking out over the Irish Hunger Memorial. But that's about it.

      2. There's that place in Battery Park next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. I don't think it's very good. But it certainly has views.

        1. Gigino. Surprisingly decent and decently-priced Italian (from one experience a couple years ago).

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          1. re: jaba

            I went to Gigino a couple of times last summer and the food was alright. The OP should make a reservation for outdoor seating for lunch/brunch otherwise it's hard to get a table. The second time I went a family of assholes came in after my group and just took over a (reserved) table because it was empty and couldn't wait patiently like the rest of us -- and there were two other groups ahead of mine, so they bypassed three different parties already waiting as well as the party the table was reserved for.

            I think Gigino is in the Robert Wagner Park splotch.

            1. re: jaba

              I'm not thinking of Gigino.

              I'm thinking of the place on the other side, right next to the Ferry Terminal. "American" Something?

              Great views. Nobody would go there for the food or drinks.

              1. re: Sneakeater

                You're thinking of Battery Gardens. It used to be called An American Place. Battery Gardens' food is really terrible, even by Financial District standards. Gigino is not very good; Battery Gardens is only worth going to if you don't care about the food at all and want the view--and I'm writing as someone who has had to go for the view more than 10 times (from lunch to dinner to weddings). Gah. Please, no. I'd also skip Gigino. If you need a water view, go over to the restaurants by World Financial Center and North Cove. At least they're mediocre.

            2. I'll second Gigino as noted by Sneakeater and jaba for food-with-a-view. As you probably know, the marina behind the World Financial Center ("North Cove") has lots of outdoor seating and is plenty lively. Food options as linked below are servicable, especially with lots of booze. There are also outdoor food vendors on the plaza (last weekend was burgers and lobster rolls).


              NB: the food trucks don't show up on the weekends.

              1. I would be wowed by drinks at the Ritz Carlton - you could then go to Harry's which is pretty good and very lively.