Manhattan remapped: Wall Street welcomes a restaurant revival
Add another acronym to New York City’s rich ledger of great dining neigh borhoods, said Kate Krader in Bloomberg.com. The Finan cial Dis trict, now also known as FiDi, has added so many exciting restaurants since the new World Trade Center started going up that Lower Man hat tan ranks today as the city’s hottest dining destination—“maybe even the country’s.” To partake of the city’s biggest power-dining scene of the moment, you’ll want to slip just north of Canal Street to Le Coucou. These other spots sit squarely in the Free dom Tower’s shadow.
Cut The district’s “gorgeous” new Four Seasons Hotel finally lured Wolfgang Puck into opening his first New York restaurant, a nightclubby modern steak house where the specialty is marbled Japanese wagyu beef, grilled over hardwood and charcoal and finished in a 1,200-degree broiler. 27 Barclay St., (646) 880-1999
Augustine and Fowler & Wells The revitalized Beekman Hotel is a lodestar on FiDi’s remade culinary map, housing both Keith McNally’s Augustine, another temple of Parisinspired dining from the mastermind of SoHo’s Balthazar, and Tom Colicchio’s first downtown restaurant, a stunner that offers the chef’s new American cuisine alongside reimagined Lower Manhattan classics like oysters Rockefeller and lobster thermidor. 5_Beekman St., (212) 375-0100, (212) 658-1848
BlackTail You can get rabbit confit and yucca fries at this sexy saloon designed to evoke Prohibition-era C uba, but the drinks are the reason to visit. It’s run by the same team that created Dead Rabbit, another FiDi landmark and a perennial winner of “world’s best bar” accolades. 22 Battery Place, (212) 785-0153