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Business Travel to NYC: Around the Corner from Wall Street and the Financial District

Destination(s): New York City

If you're in New York on business, sometimes the city seems like one big maze of skyscrapers and taxi cabs...but there's much more here for the business traveler than meets the eye. Just a short walk from Wall Street and the Financial District, you can find great dining options, watering holes and sightseeing destinations that will help you make the most of your trip to the Big Apple.

Photo: Downtown New York City skyline, seen from Governor's Island. By Sarah. read more about Business Travel to NYC: Around the Corner from Wall Street and the Financial District

Les Halles Downtown

Les Halles Downtown

Century 21

Century 21

  • 22 Cortlandt St
  • Between Broadway and Church St
  • tel:212/227-9092
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10271
Battery Park

Battery Park

  • State Street
  • Battery Place
  • tel:+1 212 344 3491
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10280
Alfanoose

Alfanoose

  • 8 Maiden Lane
  • between Broadway & Nassau
  • tel:1 212 528 4669
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038
Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

  • 1 Bay Street
  • Departs from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan
  • tel:+1 718 390 5253
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10301
Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  • Ellis Island
  • (in Hudson River)
  • tel:+1 212 561 4588
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10004
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

  • 12 Fulton St
  • Fulton & South Streets
  • tel:+1 212 732 7678
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038

This historic trading port, which dates back to the 1600s, is located on the edge of the Financial District, where Fulton Street meets the East River. It was restored and revitalized for tourist use in the late 1960s, and now boasts more than 120 shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as the South Street Seaport Museum, the Pier 17 Pavilion, and the New York City Police Museum. Visitors to the Seaport will also find some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, including renovated original mercantile buildings from the early 19th century, renovated sailing ships, and the former Fulton Fish Market.

With its cobblestone streets and broad piers, South Street Seaport offers a welcome escape from the congested, skyscraper-lined streets of downtown. There are usually free outdoor performances going on - check out a number of prominent and up-and-coming acts at the outdoor stage set up in the summertime - and the cool breezes, fun people-watching, and beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge can all be enjoyed for free. read more about South Street Seaport

Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

  • 279 Water Street (at Dover St)
  • tel:1 212 227 3344
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038

The simple wood-framed building housing the Bridge Café (once home to a brothel) was erected in 1794, long before the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Today, the Bridge Café bills itself as "the oldest drinking establishment in New York"--it also offers a well-regarded menu of favorites like lobster rolls and soft-shell crabs (in-season), in-bone rib eye steaks, crab cakes and its famous buffalo steak, served with lingonberry sauce and house-made potato gnocchi.  read more about Bridge Cafe

SHO Shaun Hergatt

SHO Shaun Hergatt

  • 40 Broad Street
  • (between Exchange Place & Beaver Street)
  • tel:212-809-3993
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10004

Located off the beaten path in the Financial District (in The Setai condominium development), SHO Shaun Hergatt boasts cutting edge ingredients, painstaking presentation, and a sleek modern ambiance. Hergatt, a talented Australian chef, worked for years in Ritz-Carlton hotels, and his new restaurant carries on the commitment to luxurious excess: a signature appetizer is the "Golden Egg," a slow-poached egg served with caviar and gold leaf. Other over-the-top offerings include "mille-feuille" of foie gras, buttery roasted Maine lobster and "three-day" short ribs.
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Nelson Blue

Nelson Blue

  • 233-235 Front St (at Peck Slip)
  • tel:212-346-9090
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038

Billed as "New York's first New Zealand restaurant and bar," Nelson Blue is co-owner Pauli Morgan (a former bartender at the popular Soho pub Puck Fair)'s homage to Nelson, New Zealand. Decked out in Maori-inspired decor, this bustling gastropub offers eight rotating beers on tap, a selection of wines from the Southern Hemisphere, and a menu that boasts New Zealand-style crab cakes with panko crust and citrus salsa, lollipop lamb chops and green-lipped mussels.  read more about Nelson Blue

Brandy Library

Brandy Library

  • 25 North Moore Street
  • tel:212 226 5545
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10013