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Aug 13, 2012 08:05 AM

Dinner near pier at Battery Park

Hello. We're taking a 7 pm sunset cruise on the schooner Shearwater out of the North Cove Marina between Vesey + Liberty at the World Financial Center next Sunday night. Any recs for a pre-sail dinner within an easy walk of the ship? We're from LA so we'd prefer not Asian or Latin. Is it too much to hope for old school red sauce Italian? Thanks!

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  1. Max on Duane and Greenwich is about a 10 minute walk away.

    For something closer, the complex that houses Blue Smoke, North End Grill, and Shake Shack is a block away.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, Kathryn, but they don't seem to be open on Sundays. Bar Pitti was suggested to me but that's in Greenwich Village I think and we're a bit pressed for time.

      1. re: mocro

        The complex that kathryn notes also has a branch of Harry's Italian which really is classic red-sauce Italian. It's in "Goldman Alley", next to the Shake Shack. Big servings of veal parm, chicken piccata, spag and meatballs. Certainly not as "high class" as Locanda Verde but you're guaranteeded to be full for (and probably fall asleep during) the cruise ;) .

        1. re: mocro

          If you're pressed for time, eat at 200 West Street (Blue Smoke, North End Grill, Shake Shack, etc) aka Goldman Alley.

          Very easy to get to the marina afterwards.

          1. re: kathryn

            We ate at that Blue Smoke a few weeks ago. Service was awful, we waited for about an hour for our food, and when it finally came, it was average at best. The only thing that was actually good was the fry bread.

            The whole meal was very disappointing.

      2. Locanda Verde is open Sundays, a bit of a walk (maybe 15 minutes?) but I think it's doable if you do an early dinner. Certainly closer than Bar Pitti, and great Italian food.

        1. Gigino's in Wagner Park (about a 5-10 minute walk from the Marina) is quite good with spectacular harbor views.

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          1. re: rothsteg

            I agree,, you can't beat the view at Gigino's. The food at Gigino's is good too. Inotesa is next to the Ritz, a short walk, Harry's Italian is near the movie theatre around the corner from Blue Smoke.
            Bar Pitti is way too far. The places mentioned are a few minutes walk. Tribeca is a 10 minute walk and there are many restaurants there.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              There is none better in the area than Gigino at Wagner Park. It doesn't hurt to make a reservation, because the food is really good and the setting is spectacular. The places close to the marina are better for their proximity than their food or service.

              1. re: RWD

                Except for the new North End Grill, which I'd say is one of the better restaurants in New York City, irrespective of location.

                1. re: Sneakeater

                  Yes, I can't disagree with that!

                  1. re: RWD

                    Made reservations at Gigino's and many thanks to all!

                    1. re: mocro

                      I know I'm the only one but I had a pretty bad experience at gigino..

                      We were a party of 10, all Italians, a couple of months ago, and nobody was happy with the dinner... Everything was just so and so.. Even the service.. They forgot my starter, my rare steak was wall done, everything seemed really disorganized.. Maybe it was just a bad night but I wouldn't reccommend it..

                      1. re: alepenazzi

                        We have had many lunches and dinners there - it's convenient, and it's always been a good experience. I suggest that you give them another try.

                        1. re: RWD

                          OP here. We had a very good experience at Gigino's. Unbelievable view and very convenient to the marina. We ordered quite simply...caprese salads, calamari, pasta bolognese, gnocchi, a chicken special....and it was all excellent. Ditto the service. Thanks for the recommendation.