by nycgo.com staff, 09/09/2014
Juliana's. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
The neighborhood has long played a key role in the City’s food scene. Take pizza, a food dear to every New Yorker's heart. On the corner of Old Fulton and Front Streets stands the new home of Grimaldi's, the borough’s former undisputed king of the coal-oven pie (and now a national chain). But just next door, Grimaldi’s founder—Patsy Grimaldi himself—opened another pizza joint, Juliana's, where the lines are shorter, the atmosphere a bit less frenetic and, according to some pizza aficionados, the pies superior. A short walk around the block, you'll find outposts of two Manhattan fixtures: Luke's Lobster and No. 7 Sub, which share a cute little brick building under the shadow of the bridge; the operations are seasonal (they're closed during winter). Luke's does lobster rolls in their purest form: a lightly toasted, decidedly not-fancy hot dog bun stuffed with a quarter pound of knuckle and claw meat. All of the lobsters served here are caught off the coast of Maine and then steamed, packed and shipped to the City. On the other side of the building, No. 7 Sub fixes superlative sandwiches, usually with a twist. The club sandwich, for instance, comes topped with jalapeño mayo and barbecue potato chips.