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.
O'Donoghue's Tavern was established in 1960, and its music playlist often hearkens back to that era: throughout the week you can hear live bands playing rock, blues, and Motown. In between jamming out or re-writing the lyrics in Pig Latin, you can fill up on half-pound Angus burgers, home-cured corn beef sandwiches, and hearty servings of chicken potpie. A wide variety of beers are on tap to wash down dinner, too, including rotating and seasonal draughts and bottles.
Black Bear Saloon roars back at growling stomachs with pub-style American eats dished out amid the cheers and jeers of an energized sports bar. Perched along the walls, more than 25 flat-screen TVs broadcast big games as diners voyage through waves of russian dressing that flow between the Kodiak sandwich's layers of turkey breast, bacon, and swiss cheese. Late-night menus keep guests content past midnight, and entertainment events, such as live shows by DJs and local bands, accompany bites while snuffing out the other senses' plans to go on strike. Staying true to its outdoorsy influences, Black Bear also offers the Cub Campfire dessert—a chance for diners to make s'mores right at their table.