Where to Eat After Visiting the Statue of Liberty

This year, thousands and thousands will take the Statue Cruises ferry to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. After your trip across New York Harbor, it’ll be high time for a pick-me-up. Whether you’re looking for a lobster roll, a waterfront view, and/or or a stiff cocktail, they’re all waiting nearby in the Financial District at the tip of Manhattan. Read on for 8 great restaurants located a short walk from the Statue Cruises dock.

The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit


The Dead Rabbit remains the epicenter of FiDi eating and drinking. It’s been voted “world’s best bar” and received many other accolades for its inventive update on the Irish pub model. There’s a deep whiskey list here, and its celebrated craft cocktails like the Irish coffee come in teacups for some added whimsy. As for the food, it’s worth a trip in its own right, from the lobster deviled eggs to chicken pot pie to a full Irish breakfast. Friendly and crowded, The Dead Rabbit is always a good idea. 30 Water St., 646-422-7906,


The Austrian cafe Schilling will cover all your cravings, day or night. Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder brings excellence to every inch of this day-to-night menu, from creamy spaetzle to the “Impossible Burger” (read: vegetarian). Craft cocktails like the Bourbon Cupcake are served at the bar, as well as actual desserts like apple strudel. The shelves above the banquette seating are packed with vintage ephemera to complete the photogenic dining room. 109 Washington St., 212-406-1200,

Luke’s Lobster

Luke's Lobster

Your ferry ride to and from the Statue of Liberty might get you in the mood for some seafood. Head straight to Luke’s Lobster, the king of lobster rolls in NYC and elsewhere (with dozens of locations worldwide). All shellfish and fish are sustainably sourced by Luke’s so every roll is fresh and flavorful. Its straightforward menu also features Maine-style chowder, lobster dip, and a great kids menu. 26 William St., 212-747-1700,

Gigino at Wagner Park

A short walk from Statue Cruises is Gigino, serving Italian from a white tent with a stellar view of the harbor. Dependable and refined, you’ll find a wide range of crowd-pleasers here from the rigatoni to the pollo scarpariello with prosciutto and white wine. Kids can enjoy a tot-sized portion of penne and run off their energy on the lawn nearby. 20 Battery Pl., 212-528-2228,

The Oyster House at Pier A

The Oyster House at Pier A


Waterfront dining in the area doesn’t get much better than The Oyster House at Pier A. View New York Harbor with a platter of a dozen oysters and a crab cake sandwich and Old Bay fries. Other offerings include fried fish, seafood tacos, salads, and crab nachos. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available. 22 Battery Pl., 212-785-0153,

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Adrienne’s is a casual pizza spot in the crowded historic waterfront district east of Battery Park. If you’re here for lunch, you’ll likely be waiting in line with Wall Street suits, but that’s because the pizza is very good and very plentiful. There are no single slices, rather a choice between 12-inch rounds and square pies (which get our nod for a must-order). Take your pizza to the patio seats for the best view of the crowds traveling these cobblestone streets. 54 Stone St., 212-248-3838,

Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern


Fraunces Tavern hearkens back to America’s pre-Revolutionary days, as it’s been running since 1762. Solid pub fare like chicken pot pie and the Gaelic Burger delivers at brunch, lunch, and dinner, plus global additions like flatbreads, pintxos, and pastas. To find out more about Fraunces Tavern (spoiler: George Washington stopped by a few times), visit the on-site museum after your meal! 54 Pearl St., 212-968-1776,

Bombay’s Indian Restaurant

Affordable and delicious, Bombay’s Indian Restaurant is another casual choice worth seeking out. Stop in for soft garlic naan, butter chicken, and vegetarian options like palak paneer. Take a mango lassi to go for a sweet treat as you enjoy the rest of your day. 60 Pearl St., 212-742-2222,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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