At Steamers Landing, someone is always watching you eat. But not like when you’ve been served early, and are enduring the glowers of dining companions who told you it was ok to start. No, this is the stoic gaze of Lady Liberty—just one of the sights to behold while savoring today’s deal: $25 for $50 worth of cuisine at Steamers Landing, the Battery Park City restaurant lounging contentedly on the banks of the Hudson River.
The stately restaurant overlooks the Hudson Bay from the comfort of the Hudson River Esplanade, well away from honking horns and congestion. With spectacular views of yachts, the Statue of Liberty, sunsets, and Willy’s freedom, you’ll have lots to look at while you eat, especially in the event of a Ghostbusters II. The menu is seafood-heavy, but offers plenty of other landfood, including some vegetarian options. Your can use your Groupon for brunch, lunch or dinner—or all three if you are an extremely slow eater. Brunch is served on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Egg dishes, such as eggs Chesapeake (crabcake stuffing, English muffin, spicy hollandaise; $16), make up most of the brunch menu, while staples, such as challah French toast ($10.50) and buttermilk pancakes ($10.50) round out the breakfasty offerings. The restaurant’s standard lunch menu is also available during brunch, for those more inclined to devour an egg after it becomes a chicken.
A number of midday salads are offered, including a Caesar ($9) and a Cobb (chicken, bacon, avocado, hard boiled egg, red onion, tomato, and crumbled blue cheese; $16). For a main course, set sail with some steamed Price Edward Island mussels ($19), or steer the ship toward pizzas and sandwiches, such as the grilled chicken wrap with cranberry mayo, greens, feta, and caramelized walnuts ($12). When the sun sets on Lady Liberty, you know it’s either time for dinner or that the United States has been taken over by an army of trident-toting mermen (if you’re a figurative thinker). The dinner lineup is similar to the lunch, only throttled up a few knots. Salads, pastas, and meats make up the bulk of the menu. The linguine comes with sea scallops and jumbo shrimp in a white wine garlic sauce ($23). Meatier options come in the form of a roasted Hampshire pork rib chop ($24) and New York strip sirloin steak ($31), among others.
Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld of New York Magazine give their quick take on Steamers Landing:
- Catch a glorious sunset and check out the bustling Battery Park to-and-fro at this casual American seafood restaurant with a 200-seat outdoor terrace alongside the Hudson River. The kitchen’s fresh seafood preparations—crab cakes, mussels, and chilled lobster cocktail, plus an eclectic mix of international crowd-pleasers—compete with the view – Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, New York Magazine
- Great place, great view I was not expecting much as we worked on a cold night on the board walk of the Hudson River. The staff is so friendly and the seafood stew was hugh [sic], fresh seafood and very filling. – Salvato, Citysearch
- The New American cuisine, mostly centered around some very well prepared seafood dishes, more than delivers. – Peter D., Yelp
Blind-Date Survival: Merman Edition
Steamers Landing is the perfect location for a blind date, especially if your well-meaning sister neglected to tell you that her “super cool friend from work” was also a Merman. Don’t panic! You might actually charm him into divulging some of the secrets of the briny deep:
- Ocean is getting really gentrified.
- Pollution and overfishing actually not as big a problem as people skipping stones, which really stings.
- Story of The Little Mermaid a total fabrication, except for the “Under The Sea” song, which is performed every morning at 11:30
- Atlantis is not only real, but one of hundreds of submerged lost kingdoms, including Althamea, Aquapolis and Calgary.
- Whales are actually dumb as rocks.
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Merchants River House
The Statue of Liberty herself watches over diners at Merchants River House, perched on the Hudson River Esplanade. From a vantage point just north of Battery Park, the restaurant presents diners with panoramic views of the New York landmark to pair with classic American cooking. A dining area with enormous windows as well as two outdoor terraces also provide ample space for guests to watch as the sun sets into the river and extinguishes itself for the evening.
Updating the Classics
In keeping with the restaurant's family-friendly vibe, chefs at Merchants River House focus on crafting comfort foods such as chargrilled Angus burgers, Maine lobster rolls, and beer-battered fish with shoestring fries. However, they sometimes take these classics cooking to the next level by incorporating international flavors. Here are a few examples:
|Jalapeno-ponzu sauce adds an Asian twist to steamed chicken dumplings.||Tomatoey ratatouille gives Maryland crab cakes a Provençal flair.||Rotisserie-roasted organic chicken comes with Mexican-inspired cilantro cream corn|
In addition to uncorking wines and pouring draft beers, the staff also riffs on classic cocktails to create a number of specialty drinks. Bulleit Bourbon adds richness and depth to a tequila-less tequila sunrise, while limoncello imparts citrusy flavor to the Lady Liberty Lemonade.