How to Spend a Day in New York's Seaport District

Where to eat, shop and play around NYC's Seaport District.

Centered where Fulton Street meets the East River, the Seaport District, adjacent to the Financial District, is a designated Historic District, featuring some of the oldest architecture on the island. After the Dutch West India Company founded an outpost here back in 1625, the area quickly became one of the most populated of Manhattan.

Today, the Seaport, which has only recently recovered from the devastation of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, is a hugely popular visitor destination with a museum, a mall filled with retail and dining options, outdoor concerts, exhibitions and much more.

The Best Restaurants and Bars

When it comes to eating in this neighborhood, you won’t go hungry for long. The Seaport District offers NYC Seaport Food Lab, which rotates chefs the likes of Dale Talde, Alon Shaya and Jessica Koslow in two-week residencies, while the vast Clinton Hall gastropub features arcade games, 20 types of burgers and more. Fresh seafood abounds at quaint Dorlan’s Tavern & Oyster Bar.

For bars, both quaint and modern, you will find that it is easy to drink like a sailor on the waterfront. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog anchors one end of Water Street with a no-nonsense Irish bar full of memorable whiskeys, cocktails, beers and people. Farther down the street, the Seaport’s new Garden Bar pairs romantic elegance and hip local DJs.  Nearby, you’ll find a hidden speakeasy dubbed Mr. Cannon. For a drink and a view by the water, try Watermark bar. 

Things to Do

Browse distinct brands while walking centuries-old cobblestone streets: Bowne & Co. Stationers transports visitors back to an 18th-century print shop, while Fulton Stall Market connects local farmers with customers. The soon-to-open 10 Corso Como’s flagship will offer Italian fashion, home design and more. 

And finally, if you are looking for historic and cultural programs, the South Street Seaport Museum’s “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914” exhibit is a must-see, as is the museum’s permanent collection of artifacts from the city’s rise as a major port.