The financial district is mostly a restaurant wasteland, its tiny streets packed with fast-casual chains that command lines so long at 1 p.m., you’d think people were queuing up for the Cronut. If you need a good meal in this neighborhood, you’ll need to head toward the water — and Battery Park City, which sits to the west, is particularly fertile ground for decent eats. Danny Meyer’s North End Grill is even worth traveling to; the (open) kitchen, under the command of Eric Korsh, turns out a market-driven list of dishes, many of which are touched by the wood-burning grill or charcoal oven. At lunchtime, you’ll spy meetings unfolding over chicken-liver mousse, lobster rolls, and burgers; come evening, daters split raw-bar platters before turning to lamb chops and steaks. If it’s warm outside, it’s worth asking for a table on the sidewalk patio, where you can enjoy the relative calm of this neighborhood just minutes from the FiDi grind.
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