There's no shortage of exciting things to see and eat at Pier701 Restaurant & Bar, where diners can nosh on daily wild-game specials, such as wild boar or kangaroo, all set against views of the Hudson River. Head chef Denis Whitton has tailored the menu to feature eclectic, locally-sourced cuisine with an international influence. Mediterranean-inspired French-American entrees include grilled spanish octopus pomodoro and pan-seared branzino; short rib Bourgonoigne and mussels Meuniere are among the seasonal French options. Plus, all of the sauces and stocks are made in-house from scratch. Small plates and a raw bar offer shrimp cocktails, tapioca oysters, and french onion soups. The restaurant complements these dishes with more than 100 international wines, as well as live music on select nights and, in warmer months, al fresco dining at the water's edge with plenty of space to dock your boat or inner-tube.
A stone's throw from the Hudson River, Doubledays makes a great lunch or dinner spot for folks just finishing up a stroll through Waterfront Park. The restaurant's menu spans the full range of classic American fare, from wings to pizza to burgers made with Black Angus beef. It also offers a contemporary take on favorites, such as the Hog Wings—mini pork osso bucco marinated in a sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce. On Sunday mornings, Doubledays serves up a brunch characterized by crab cake benedict and Jim Beam french toast topped with caramelized bananas and soaked in cinnamon flavored bourbon. To sweeten the brunch pot, each hearty dish is accompanied by a complementary Bloody Mary, screwdriver, or mimosa.
Rainwater Grill's patrons unwind in dining room that a 2010 New York Times article praised for its neighborhood feel and elegant décor. Amid natural stone accents and a gently burbling waterfall, servers deliver upscale American dishes such as grilled new york strip steak and a Fisherman’s Wharf seafood cioppino rife with sautéed clams, mussels, and calamari in a spicy saffron tomato broth. Diners can choose a beverage to complement their means with ease: the restaurant offers numerous wine-pairing suggestions for every entrée on the menu. In the lounge area, bartenders mix martinis for patrons who eschew the dining room in favor of watching one of the four high-definition televisions or listening to live music.
At the bar, 20 beer-tap handles stand ready to tip forward and fill frosty mugs, which staffers slide alongside plates crowded with classic pub entrees. Guests can rub their molars against pulled-pork sandwiches and Cajun burgers or nibble away at Pour House sliders or cheddar nugget appetizers. Diners looking for meatless fare can graze on caesar or roasted-vegetable salads.