I never thought I would get sick of hanging around my house with no responsibilities. But it’s finally getting old, and New York is cautiously opening up. I had an appointment in lower Manhattan the other day and decided I might as well spend the afternoon out while I was up there. Covered a lot of ground…I started in lower Manhattan and crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Dumbo, then spent hours sitting at the waterfront looking out over the East River. Several stops made along the way.
South Street Seaport: After my appointment, I made my way over to South Street Seaport, which I love because it reminds me of Pike Place in Seattle. The Seaport is a good starting spot for fueling up before the mile walk across the bridge (it feels longer in the heat). There are a bunch of restaurants and shopping, and it feels something like an old seafaring village. It’s also the perfect place to sit by the water with a good book (at the moment, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra), and is amenable to social distancing.
By Chloe: There are several locations, but I often end up at the Seaport one. It’s a reasonably priced counter service vegan place, lots of vegetable filled versions of American favorites. As I may have mentioned before, I hate vegan food (and frequently vegans). This place is still in my top five favorite restaurants in the City. It is quite good.
(Onward to Dumbo…I spent most of my time in SSS just walking and thinking)
Washington Street: Washington Street in front of the bridge is quite possibly the most Instagrammed spot in the City. I was out alone and didn’t want to ask a stranger to take my picture here because I am afraid of people thinking I’m a tourist. But it’s a gorgeous shot.
Luke’s Lobster: An amazing New Englander approved outdoor lobster shack by the water in Dumbo. My favorite lobster rolls and bisque in the city and some of the best I’ve ever had.
Gran Electrica: Tolerably hip taqueria with a bunch of outdoor seating. Good for dates, or dining alone, as I tend to do lately. The guacamole is creamy and fresh, street style tacos are incredible; it’s an all around great place. Kind of expensive, but not at all ridiculous for New York.
Plum’s: Did not go today as they are not currently open, but I include this one because it’s my favorite in the area. Not super cheap, but really great new American (also what exactly is new American?) with some Italian-ish options…it’s kind of a mix and is very popular for brunch. I love their eggs benedict and pancakes. The views are great, especially at sunset, and the food is also quite attractive. So it’s definitely Instagrammable / a good aesthetic experience if ya care about that sort of thing. I would heavily assume they will open soon with outdoor dining.
Oddfellows: Ice cream shop with weird (good weird) flavors like Guinness Stout and Peanut Butter and Jelly. If those sound like horrible Bertie Bott’s esque flavors, they’re shockingly not, and they’re always changing.
Happy wandering. ☀️