When summer arrives and everything slows down enough to take in the sights while idly browsing for where to eat, I often find myself visiting South Street Seaport. I feel like I'm in a beach town, except the food is better — especially with the reopening of Seaport Smorgasburg. Find your way to the tip of Manhattan this summer and stop by three of my favorite places.
146 Beekman St.
Blink and you may miss this hidden gem. A casual pita, sandwich and salads menu is waiting inside the rustic brick-lined dining room. Prices are always reasonable, and daily from 4-8 p.m., relax with $4 drafts and well drinks. Pitas start at $7 and homestyle sandwiches, like housemade meatloaf, are $10. This is a low-key place and doesn’t accept reservations, so plan on having a drink at the bar while waiting for a table.
Jeremy's Ale House
228 Front St.
Jeremy's is a styrofoam cup kind of place that has stood for more than 40 years. Splendid fried food and amusing artwork make for a delightful crowd at happy hour and beyond. Feast on onion rings ($3.95), mozzarella sticks ($4.95) and a burger ($5.75) to complete your night. But if those prices aren’t rock bottom enough for you, from 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. during weekdays, bask in $6 wines, $6 for 32-ounce beers and half-price well drinks.
Acqua at Peck Slip
21 Peck Slip
You'll be delighted to savor oils, cheeses and meats imported from Italy at Acqua. The Italian wine bar and restaurant is perfectly picturesque and inviting. Try the gorgonzola and pear pizza ($15), or one of the delicious housemade pastas like the gnocchi with eggplant ($17). They are a nice choice for a romantic date as you take in the sunset at the Seaport. Start your evening from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with $3 beers and $6 wine and cocktails.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.