Downtown Live is a food and arts celebration of downtown NYC with FREE live in-person performances and dozes of outdoor dining options in the historic downtown district.
It’s happening the two weekends of May 15/16 and May 22/23.
Performances include a concert at a covered loading dock at 4 New York Plaza, a short play along the Stone Street Historic District at 85 Broad Street, a contemporary performance with harbor views at 1 Battery Park Plaza, and other pop-ups.
Tickets are FREE but required to manage social distancing, so reserve them ASAP.
According to Playbill, among those scheduled to perform at Downtown Live are:
- Pulitzer Prize finalist Eisa Davis with Kaneza Schaal and Jackie Sibblies Drury as part of their new theatre collaboration Afrofemononomy,
- The Tank Artistic Director Meghan Finn with playwright-performer Kaaron Briscoe,
- Playwright-performer David Greenspan, Brazilian Theater Company Group .BR,
- Performance artists Baba Israel and Grace Galu,
- Music and storytelling duo James & Jerome,
- Classical singer-composer Katie Madison,
- Lucille Lortel Award winner Kuhoo Verma (Octet) with Justin Ramos.
And it’s a good idea to make a reservation ASAP at any of more than 30 restaurants, bars and grab-and-go spots within a block or two, featuring some of the city’s best eats and drinks.
Downtown Live is a great reason to explore and enjoy the part of town where NYC began nearly 400 years ago.
Make a day of it. Actually four days – two weekends.
Take a walking tour of his historic area.
Kick it Off With Brunch
Beckett’s Bar & Grill — This Stone Street mainstay offers up all the traditional dishes from eggs Benedict to pancakes. (81 Pearl Street)
Broadstone Bar & Kitchen — Almost every seat in the house is along a balcony, and they have a bottomless brunch and chocolate chip pancakes to boot. (88 Broad Street)
Fraunces Tavern — The historic watering hole serves an amazing burger, plus more than 400 whiskeys, signature cocktails and 130 craft beers and ciders. (54 Pearl St.)
George Washington ate here.
Le Pain Quotidien — Simple, nourishing and delicious is the LPQ way. (85 Broad Street)
Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina— Traditional Mexican cooking complemented by fresh guacamole and potent margaritas. (83 Pearl Street)
Toro Loco — Mexican-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant with bottomless brunch. (15 Stone Street)
787 Coffee Co. — A potent espresso pairs well with their crispy Puerto Rican pastries. (66 Pearl Street)
The Cauldron — Magical potions conjured exclusively within the walls of this fantasy-themed bar. (47 Stone Street)
The Dead Rabbit — The famed and cozy eight-year-old pub in Lower Manhattan won the title “World’s Best Bar” from Drinks International magazine (30 Water Street)
The Dubliner — A welcoming no-frills Pub with cold pints and a popular club sandwich. (45 Stone Street)
Lovelace Tavern and Porterhouse Brewing Company — From the acclaimed cocktails at Lovelace to the lengthy international craft beer list at Porterhouse just next door, this stop will appease all show-goers. (66 Pearl Street/36 Water Street)
The Full Shilling — A cozy pit-stop to take in a pint of Guinness and a plate of fish and chips. (160 Pearl Street)
Ulysses’ Folk House — This charming Stone Street bar takes literary inspiration from Homer and James Joyce and serves up ales, whiskey, cocktails and pub fare. (58 Stone Street / 95 Pearl Street)
Underdog — Fans of dogs and tasty cocktails will delight at this Stone Street gastropub’s creative drinks list. (55 Stone Street)
White Horse Tavern — This popular dive has been part of Lower Manhattan’s drinking scene since the repeal of Prohibition. (25 Bridge Street)
Dinner And A Show, Anyone?
Adrienne’s Pizza Bar — Pizza maker Nick Angelis’s menu features gourmet Italian cuisine — make sure to try their grandma-style pie. (54 Stone Street)
Ampia Restaurant and Rooftop — Come hungry, leave extremely satisfied by the pillowy Italian potato classic and Neapolitan pizza offerings at this rooftop oasis. (100 Broad Street)
Antica Ristorante — Since 2004, Chef Luis Barezi has brought an innovative touch to traditional ingredients with dishes from all the regions of Italy — complete with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. (8 Stone Street)
Harry’s — Harry’s flagship steakhouse has remained a Wall Street institution since 1972, immortalized in novels such as Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities” and Brett Easton Ellis’s “American Psycho.” (1 Hanover Square)
Route 66 Smokehouse — Delicious BBQ made sweeter by an impressive all-American whiskey list and a 20-tap lineup of American craft beers. (45 Stone Street)
Stone Street Tavern — Expect to find hearty American fare and a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. (52 Stone Street)
Tacombi — This Yucatan-inspired taqueria always serves the freshest corn tortillas with a delicious chipotle hibiscus salsa. (74 Broad Street)
Wall Street Grill — Fine dining with kosher steaks and seafood. (128 Pearl Street)
Grab And Go
77 Burger — This unassuming corner shop serves up hearty Angus beef burgers, bison burgers and Impossible burgers topped with anything your heart desires. (77 Pearl Street)
Bombay’s Indian Cuisine — Owner Sonal Vyas and staff work hard to ensure that everything is delicious and made with love — from crispy samosas to tender pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. (60 Pearl Street)
El Toro — A solid Mexican spot with speedy service and highly-recommended Milanesa sandwiches and chicken flautas. (69 New Street)
Grotto — Family-owned parlor serving a big menu of pizzas and other Italian staples. (69 New Street)
Leo’s — “Leo’s” stands for the classic bagel breakfast “Lox, eggs & onions” — recommend trying their specialty as well as other bagel, cream cheese spreads and smoked fish offerings. (3 Hanover Square)
Luke’s Lobster — Classic lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls and cole slaw are all on offer at this convenient takeout location (26 S William Street)
The Migrant Kitchen — This pop-up inside The Dubliner features innovative and diverse offerings of Middle East-meets-Latin-America cuisine, including things like fawaffles (falafel waffles) and fried plantain chip nachos. (81 Pearl Street)
Nara Sushi — Fresh, made-to-order sushi and sashimi. (76 Pearl Street)
Pizza Etalia — A pizzeria with walkup service and classic-topping slices (20 Beaver Street)
Shorty’s Cheesesteaks — Delightful and hearty cheesesteaks to soak up the cocktails in between sets. (62 Pearl Street)
Terrace Fish & Chips — A tiny bustling lunch spot that serves a variety of seafood with dishes under $10. (77 Pearl Street)
A version of this article was published by the Downtown Alliance and republished here with permission.