Welcome To Our 'Hood: Where To Go In The Financial District

Our bags are packed, we're ready to go, we're standin' here outside your door, and you bet, we're gonna wake you up to say goodbye. Yes, R29 HQ has officially moved! It's out with the old and in with the Financial District! And since we expect that you'll be stopping by to say hello, grab a bite, and challenge us to a friendly game of ping pong (you will lose), we thought we'd extend the olive branch by bringing you our official FiDi guide. Now you know just where to find us (in a non-creepy way). Cue: "Movin' On Up" and click through.
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Blue Spoon Coffee
Blue Spoon Coffee has served the best of the best since its opening in 2005. Intelligentsia-brand coffee and teas, fresh sandwiches on Balthazar Bakery bread, great music, free WiFi, and more. If you're really lucky, you might even be within their delivery zone. Then again, their charming space shouldn't be missed.
Blue Spoon Coffee, 76 Chambers St (between Broadway and Church Street); 212-619-7230.

Crepes Du Nord
The first "Farm-to-Table" crêperie, Crêpes du Nord is all about providing the deliciousness of sweet and savory crepes with responsibly sourced ingredients to boot.
Crepes Du Nord, 17 South William Street (between Broad and William streets); 212-422-9500.

FIKA gets its name from the Swedish verb that roughly translates into "taking a coffee break," usually with something sweet on the side. Hence the introduction of the establishment, known for its wide selection of coffee and chocolate. A perfect pair.
Fika, 66 Pearl St (between Broad and William streets); 646-837-6588.

Magic Mix Juicery
Magic Mix Juicery, or MMJ, wants you to be healthy and happy. Fresh, organic ingredients are combined to create made-from-scratch nutritious juices every day.
Magic Mix Juicery, 102 Fulton Street (at William Street); 646-454-0680.

Robusta Espresso Bar
Only two years old, this vibrant espresso bar accomplishes its goal of injecting energy — literally and figuratively — into its customers every day. The decor, ambiance, and Italian Anèri espresso beans blend together to produce the perfect amount of jolt for any caffeine-craving visitor.
Robusta Espresso Bar, 7 Hanover Square (near William Street); 212-797-9797.

Takahachi Bakery
This adorable spot is home to some of the most delightful pastries you will ever see. Cherry-blossom and green-tea macaroons are treats for the eyes and the mouth.
Takahachi Bakery, 25 Murray St (between Church Street and Broadway); 212-791-5550.

A vegetarian option that even non-vegetarians will love. With limited seating, Terri's vegan and kosher superfoods — grab a "Live Long And Green" juice or delicious quinoa salad — are perfect for those on the go.
Terri, 100 Maiden Lane (entrance on Pearl Street); 212-742-7901.

Photos Via: Robusta, Fika, Magic Mix Juicery
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Food And Drink

Beekman Beer Garden
Whether you're looking for an outdoor concert, a game of ping pong, a cold beer, or oysters on the half shell, Beekman Beer Garden has it all. Dine off their house menu or plan a custom event of your own. The spacious venue and helpful planning staff will prove to be everything you need.
Beekman Beer Garden, 89 South Street (between Fulton and Beekman streets); 212-896-4600.

Mulberry & Vine
Now that FiDi is our local 'hood, we're all about eating, well, local, too. Mulberry & Vine gives this a whole new meaning with their organic and (you guessed it) local fare that happens to be delicious, too.
Mulberry & Vine, 73 Warren Street (at West Broadway); 212-791-6300.

Zeytuna Market
Where do you go when you don't know what you want because you know you want a bit of everything? Yep, this is your new go-to grocer.
Zeytuna Market, 59 Maiden Lane, (between William and Nassau streets); 212-742-2436.

Stone Street Tavern
Featuring a hard-to-beat outdoor seating area right on lively Stone Street, the Stone Street Tavern is a charming spot for beer, "bar bites," and brunch. Plus, every Wednesday night is ladies' night, thanks to Russian Standard Vodka.
Stone Street Tavern, 52 Stone Street (enter at William Street); 212-785-5658.

The Cinnamon Snail
Famous for its #FiDiThursdays, this vegan, organic food truck, featuring "food to inspire peace and bliss," will be cruising the neighborhood on the reg. Get in line first by following its whereabouts on Twitter.

Featuring pub fare and a Saturday-evening music series, this folk house is a great backdrop for a perfect summer night.
Ulysses, 95 Pearl Street (between William and Broad streets); 212-482-0400.

Sole di Capri
This place had us at "homemade pasta." Filling portions that are equally delicious make this all-you-can-eat breadsticks and salad place a must. Owned by two brothers, soon to be frequented by us.
Sole Di Capri, 165 Church Street (between Reade and Chambers streets); 212-513-1113.

Urban Lobster Shack
Whether you stop by their brick-and-mortar restaurant or track down the Urban Lobster Shack on wheels, you won't regret standing in line for that delicious lobster roll (or two).
Urban Lobster Shack, 15 Stone Street (between William and Broad streets); 212-809-2626.

Vintry Wine & Whiskey
To some, the pairing of wine and whiskey under one roof might seem surprising. But to Peter Poulakakos, of Harry's Café & Steak fame, the two go hand-in-hand.
Vintry Wine & Whiskey, 57 Stone Street (enter at William Street); 212-480-9800.

The Wooly
Housed in the basement of the Woolworth Building, this beautifully decorated space is home to delicious cocktails and an epic calendar filled with private events (many times, hosted by yours truly!) Perfect for your next birthday, album launch, or dance party (especially if the dress-code reads, "All pink everything").
The Wooly, 11 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street); no phone.

The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is filled with personality and flair. Enjoy bottled punch on the ground-floor taproom or small plates on cocktails in the upstairs parlor.
The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street (near Broad Street); 646-422-7906.

Photos Via: Fika, Beekmans, Ulysses
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Food And Drink (More!)

Adrienne's Pizzabar
If you're looking for a great slice, head to Adrienne's. But be sure to get there early – Adrienne's has made "being square" the coolest thing around with its deliciously crisp, thin-crust pizzas. You may have to fight a crowd, but trust us, it will be worth it.
Adrienne's Pizzabar, 54 Stone St (enter at William Street); 212-248-3838.

Veronica's Kitchen
There are many street-food options when it comes to the Financial District, but not all of them put the soul in soul food. For that, we turn to Trinidadian food-truck Veronica's Kitchen for jerk chicken, yams, and collard greens. Oh, and it happens to be super affordable, too.
Veronica's Kitchen, 125 Front Street (at Wall Street); no phone.

Barbalu Restaurant
Opening this summer, Barbalu is the restaurant baby of husband and wife-team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque. With a fine Italian menu along the way, Barbalu will take the place of Barbarini Alimentari, formerly co-operated by the Barbalu team and another couple, but destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. You'll want to keep your eye out for this one.
Barbalu, 225 Front Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip); 917-815-7701.

Cowgirl Sea Horse
Surround yourself with seahorses — who doesn't want that?! — at this quirky spot great for a quiet drink.
Cowgirl Sea Horse, 259 Front Street (at Dover Street); 212-608-7873.

If age equals wisdom, Delmonico's has got to be the smartest. Opened in 1837, the Delmonico brothers introduced the first fine-dining restaurant in the country, featuring private rooms, a wine cellar, and of course, a delicious Delmonico steak.
Delmonico's, 56 Beaver Street (at William Street); 212-509-1144.

Dig Inn
Dedicated to making it easier for New Yorkers to eat well, Dig Inn offers humanely raised meats, locally grown produce, and the like with 100% transparency. Meaning that they're happy to talk about their market selections with complete honesty, all in the name of creating a healthier community.
Dig Inn, 80 Pine Street (at Pearl Street); 212-785-1110.

The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
In addition to providing an educational experience about the history of New York City, the Fraunces Tavern Museum offers numerous options for wining and dining in The Porterhouse's many party rooms, Dingle Whiskey Bar, and restaurant.
Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street (at Broad Street); 212-968-1776.

GRK Fresh Greek
GRK is bringing New Yorkers a fresh take on classic Greek food featuring authentic yogurts, locally sourced veggies, hand-selected Mediterranean seasoning, meats roasted in-house, wood-oven-baked pita breads, and more.
GRK Fresh , 111 Fulton Street (at Dutch Street); 212-385-2010.

Harry's Café and Steak
The Poulakakos family has been all over our FiDi map — they've had a hand in establishing Delmonico's, Vintry, and others. Harry's Café and Steak is a Wall Street institution, first opened by Harry Poulakakos in 1972 and reopened in 2006 by his son, Peter.
Harry's Cafe and Steak, 1 Hanover Square (between Pearl and Stone streets); 212-785-9200.

Merchants River House
Enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner as you look out at the Statue of Liberty from the terrace of this classic American Bistro. Sunsets over the Hudson? Yes, please.
Merchants River House, 375 South End Avenue (on the Hudson River Esplanade between Liberty and Albany streets); 212-432-1451.

Photos Via: Delmonico's, Adrienne's, Cowgirl Sea Horse
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Spas & Salons

Candy Nail Salon
With over 10 years of experience, Candy Nail Salon offers more than 300 color-gel options as well as waxing, threading, and massage services that promise not to break the bank.
Candy Nail Salon, 25 Maiden Lane (between Nassau Street and Broadway); 212-267-3959.

International Plaza Nails
This is a great, warm, open space for a careful, lasting manicure. And lots of organic goodies — and bubbly, should you care for it — but the real selling point here is the 10-minute massage. Completely magical, and only $14
International Plaza Nails, 387 Greenwich Street (at North Moore Street); 212-966-7796.

 Olga Salon & Spa
From hair styling and eyelash extensions to waxing and massage therapy, this salon and spa is committed to providing top-quality service and beautiful results. You'll be scheduling regular appointments after your first trip.
Olga Salon & Spa, 2 Cortlandt Street (between Broadway and Church Street); 212-513-1605.

The Spa at the Setai Club 
Whether you're in the neighborhood for work or to visit, you deserve to pamper yourself. We're sure of it! Indulge at The Spa at the Setai Club and let yourself eye that membership application on the way out.
The Spa at the Setai Club, 40 Broad Street (between Beaver Street and Exchange Place); 212-792-6193.

Shobha offers a variety of natural threading, sugaring, and waxing products and services for hair removal — for gals and guys alike.
Shobha, 65 Broadway (between Rector Street and Exchange Place) #406; 212-425-4900.

Wall Street Bath and Spa
Take a trip back in time at the Wall Street Bath and Spa, modeled after a traditional Old World Bath House. Open to both men and women, the club offers admission by the day — with unlimited use of the facilities and as many bath towels as you need. 
Wall Street Bath and Spa, 88 Fulton Street (between Gold and William streets); 212-766-8600.

Photos Via: The Setai
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Conrad Hotel
Business and pleasure meet at The Conrad New York, which overlooks both NYC and the Hudson River. Plus, their Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar – yes, that's it actual name — is famous for serving its "Boozy Icepop" in a glass of prosecco. Too. Much. Goodness.
Conrad New York, 102 North End Avenue (between Vesey and Murray streets); 212-945-0100.

Gild Hall
Steps from Wall Street, Gild Hall invites guests into a world of its own, blending classic-European and chic-American styles in one elegant hotel.
Gild Hall, 15 Gold Street (at Platt Street); 212-232-7700.

The Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park
With accolades from Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Travel + Leisure, and many others, the Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park is easily one of the most luxurious homes away from home in lower Manhattan. Snag a Statue of Liberty suite and you'll be able to enjoy the historic monument through a telescope, without even having to change out of your super-plush bath robe.
The Ritz Carlton, Battery Park, 2 West Street (at Battery Place); 212-344-0800.

Photos Via: Gild Hall, Conrad New York, The Ritz Carlton
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Outdoor Markets and Seating Areas

New Amsterdam Market
On Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Amsterdam Market will unite small businesses at the historic Fulton Fish Market for a day of sharing. Grocers, butchers, farms, and other vendors will offer a wide variety of regional and seasonal ingredients to all who stop by.
New Amsterdam Market, Old Fulton Fish Market, South Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip); 212-766-8688.

South Street Seaport
Having recently launched its SEE/CHANGE campaign, South Street Seaport will become even more of a haven for summer activities — shopping, dining, and sightseeing — than before. Smorgasbar will showcase local food and beverage options while the Front Row Cinema series will include weekly outdoor film screenings. And that's only the beginning.
South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton Street (at Water Street); 212-732-8257.

Battery Park
Home to colorful flower gardens, summer concerts, and ferries heading for the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park is an ideal location for afternoon strolls, lunch dates, book reading, and more.

Bowling Green Park
New York City's oldest park is famous for its Charging Bull sculpture, gorgeous circular fountain, and myriad seating options. Perfect for a quick meet-up with a friend or colleague.

City Hall Park
Following a full $34.6 million restoration in 1999, City Hall Park entered the 21st century with a central walkway, gardens, grass, and trees. The ornate Mould fountain was returned to the park with its original granite base, creating a picturesque and historic area for NYC visitors and locals to experience.

Photos Via: New Amsterdam Market
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9/11 Memorial 
More than 11 years after that devastating morning, the site of the former World Trade Center complex is home to a pair of stunning waterfalls and reflective pools that honor those lost on 9/11. Designed by architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker, the Memorial serves as a place for meditation, remembrance, hope, and renewal.
9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center, 1 Liberty Street (between Church Street and Broadway) #20; 212-312-8800.

Museum of American Finance
Get a crash course in finance – as well as America's political and economic history – by visiting the Museum of American Finance. Check out the Money Gallery, take a guided tour, and maybe even sign up for a seminar. We are on Wall Street, after all!
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street (at William Street); 212-908-4110.

Museum of Jewish Heritage
Learn about Jewish life in the 20th- and 21st-centuries before, during, and after the Holocaust by exploring this museum's unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions – including an exploration of everyone's favorite celebratory song, Hava Nagila.  
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place (at 1st Place); 646-437-4202.

The Skyscraper Museum
With the city's skyline growing higher and higher, a museum that pays tribute to the verticality of it seems only logical. The Skyscraper Museum explores the forces in architecture, culture, design, and technology that have shaped NYC over the years.
The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place (at 1st Place); 212-968-1961.

Photos Via: Skyscraper Museum, 9/11 Memorial, Museum of American Finance.
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The Pilatium
Sure, SoulCycle has been all the craze recently — and with good reason, we're big fans — but we also know the tried-and-true magic that pilates can work on the body, so, to The Pilatium, we say an enthusiastic, "Yes!"
Pilatium, 138 Fulton Street (at Nassau Street) #309; 212-334-3779.

The ultimate destination for all your fitness needs, UFC offers group-fitness classes, private training, a full boxing ring, and — get this — an MMA half-cage. Yup, mixed martial arts.
UFC Gym, 80 John Street (between Gold and William streets); 212-968-1100.

Photos Via: Pilatium