It’s been a long and difficult winter for us all, but now that the weather is warming, it’s a good time to plan to eat out – and outdoors – again.
These restaurants in Lower Manhattan offer protected sidewalk and curbside dining, for breakfast, lunch and brunch, dinner and drinks. NYC restaurants and bars can now stay open until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy dining out.
Reservations are always recommended. And remember to tip well, since it’s been a tough year for restaurant staffs, too.
In alphabetical order, since that’s the only fair way:
Cowgirl Seahorse – 259 Front Street
Features Southern home cooking including Texas barbeque, Gulf Coast seafood, Tex-Mex and Cajun favs. Decor is kitschy and drinks are served in Mason jars.
There’s live music on Monday, $2.50 tacos on Tuesday, Trivia Night on Wednesday, and Late Night Happy Hour on Sunday from 8pm to closing.
George’s – 89 Greenwich Street
Serving a variety of homemade Greek, Italian and Mexican favs since 1950, and 100 different egg dishes, including for breakfast.
Every Saturday and Sunday there is a brunch menu which is different every weekend, including a George’s invention, “Croissant French Toast”
This is a family-friendly spot with a special kid’s menu that includes Jello for dessert. What kid doesn’t love Jello!
Inatteso Pizzabar – 28 West Street, in Battery Park City
Italian favorites, for lunch and dinner, include Sicilian style pizzas and hand made pastas.
There’s also a long list of Italian wines and specialty beers.
Industry Kitchen – 70 South Street, at the South Street Seaport
This huge outdoor dining space is on the waterfront, alongside the South Street Seaport, and offers stunning unobstructed views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges and Brooklyn Skyline.
It offers modern American cuisine based on seasonal market ingredients, including wood oven grilled meats and pizza, also cooked in a wood burning oven. Try the inventive chocolate pizza for dessert.
Open daily, Noon to 10pm.
Mark Joseph Steakhouse – 261 Water Street
The only choices here are rare, medium or well. Please – this daughter of a German butcher begs you not to choose well done steak. Ever.
Okay – the other choices are rare or medium for a 40 oz Porterhouse, 38 oz Rib Steak, 20 oz Sirloin, and a 12 and a 16 oz Filet Mignon. Plus classic sides.
Tajin – 85 Greenwich Street
Breakfast, lunch and dinner with Tex-Mex choices including burritos, enchiladas and fajitas. And flan for dessert.
Thai Farm Kitchen -21 Peck Slip
Everything is organic, and there are a couple of Vegan dishes on the menu. Lots of dumpling and curry choices, along with everybody’s go-to Thai dish, Pad Thai.
The Malt House Fidi – 9 Maiden Lane
As you would expect from the name, there’s an extensive selection of draft beers from microbreweries, including a half-dozen IPAs and a couple of wheats.
The menu runs to burgers and sandwiches, and there’s brunch on weekends from 10am to 4pm.
Tacombi – 74 Broad Street
This is another Mexican restaurant, offering strictly organic and non-GMO choices. Everything is prepared from scratch daily.
- There also is a Tacombi on the Upper West Side, also with protected outdoor dining.
Thanks to Downtown Alliance for their assistance with this article.