Lower Manhattan lies south of the numbered streets. You can find practically any kind of restaurant down here, but since the area is so close to Wall Street, prepare for more upscale dining.
Alison on Dominick Street ($25-$33) 38 Dominick St. (btw. Varick St. & Hudson St.), 727-1188 M-Th 5:15pm-10pm, F-Sa 5:15pm-10:45pm, Su 5:15pm-9:30pm This is a fine French restaurant for romantic dinners. Reservations are highly recommended. For Friday and Saturday evenings, you should try booking 3-4 weeks in advance.
Baluchi's ($10-$15) 193 Spring St. (btw. Thompson St. & Sullivan St.), 226-2828 M-Su 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm Come here for great Northern Indian cuisine at reasonable prices.
Boom Restaurant ($14-$19)152 Spring St. (btw. Wooster St. & W. Broadway), 431-3663 M-Su 12pm-1am, Sa-Su 12pm-4pm brunch Modern ethnic food and "new age", with a variety of spicy food. The Boom also offers several vegetarian menu items.
Bouley Bakery Restaurant ($28-$34) 120 W. Broadway (@ Duane St.), 964-2525 M-Su 11:30am-3pm & 5pm-11pm French cuisine with impeccable service in a fabulous setting. Do try their assortment of pastries baked on the premises. The Valhrona chocolate bread is to die for!
Chanterelle ($75pf dinner,$89pf chef's tasting) 2 Harrison St (@ Hudson St), 966-6960 M 5:30pm-11pm, T-Sa 12:30pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-11pmWith specials like seafood sausage and striped bass, this French establishment offers some of the finest French cuisine in New York. Reservations are highly recommended. For weekends, you should call a month in advance.
Chez Bernard ($12-$18)323 W Broadway (Between Grand and Canal Sts), (212) 343-2583"A casual neighborhood wine bistro featuring traditional French food, homemade pastry and charcuterie, and a cozy ambiance."
Le Pactole($15-$55) 225 Liberty St. (@ World Financial Center), 945-9444 M-Su 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-9pm Jacket suggested, as are reservations well in advance. Classic and contemporary French cuisine.
L'Ecole ($25.95pf dinner) 462 Broadway (@ Grand St.), 219-3300 M-F 12pm-1:30pm & 6pm-9pm, Sa 5:30pm-9:30pm French cuisine with a contemporary flare.
Raoul's ($16-$30) 180 Prince St. (btw. Thompson St. & Sullivan St.), 966-3518 M-Su 5:30pm-2am In this French bistro-style restaurant, standard French cuisine is served. Jackets and reservations are required.
Soho Kitchen and Bar ($12-$18)103 Greene St. (btw. Prince St. & Spring St.), 925-1866 M-F 11:30am-11:30pm, Sa-Su 11:30am-2am Over 100 different wines by the glass to drink with a contemporary American dish. Cheers!
Zoe ($18-$28) 90 Prince St. (btw. Broadway & Mercer St.), 966-6722 M 6pm-10:30pm, T-F 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10:30pm, Sa-Su 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-11:30pm Zoe serves contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian accents. Try the crispy noodle-wrapped shrimp!