Must-See Lower Manhattan
by Colleen Clark and nycgo.com staff, 04/17/2013
Photo: Will Steacy
This stretch of cobblestone, said to be the City's oldest paved street, is the setting for impeccably restored brick buildings full of vintage charm that hide all manner of establishments. Our favorites? One is Harry's Cafe and Steak. A maze of rooms connects the audible power-buzz of its underground steak house and wine cellar to the martini-sipping crowds in the lively bar. Mexican cantina Mad Dog & Beans is an ideal drinking spot, with its vast selection of tequilas, walls covered in old barn wood and vintage photos of Pancho Villa lit by Edison bulbs. Other lively post-work scenes include Beckett's Bar & Grill, where investment bankers crowd the sidewalk seating to devour burgers, beer and sweet potato fries. To-go lobster rolls and chowders fill the stomachs of tourists and local worker bees alike at Urban Lobster Shack. But, really, there's no need to choose. Our approach is to eat our way up one side of the street and down the other. The area also includes Smörgås Chef, Stone Street Tavern, The Waterstone Grill, Adrienne's Pizzabar, Financier Patisserie, Ulysses' Folk House and Vintry Wine & Whiskey.