Where to Book Lunch for Tour Groups in Downtown New York
If you’re bringing a group downtown, there’s no need to cram the main events into a half-day itinerary. Work with our restaurants on set lunch menus and extend your half day into (at least!) a full day in Lower Manhattan.
The following locations are great for group or FIT meal plans. Each restaurant is marked as good for groups, student groups and FIT.
For personalized connections to any of these downtown locations, contact Jessica Drucker, Director of Tourism and Hospitality [email protected]
Adrienne’s Pizza Bar (Groups, Students)
Gourmet, rectangular pizzas and other Italian specialties to share. The menu offers a variety of casual Italian dishes, including the house specialty – grandma’s style pizza. Groups can eat indoors or outdoors at picnic tables on popular Stone Street.
Keste (Groups, Students)
Local pizzeria atmosphere with traditional New York brick oven pizzas, with toppings ranging from classic red sauce and cheese to truffles, meats and even pistachios. Plenty of indoor seating for groups.
Da Claudio (Bands)
Local Italian restaurant Da Claudio offers an excellent cocktail list, small plates to share, and a full-service menu featuring local and imported ingredients. Their fresh homemade pasta is a highlight, though they also offer gluten-free and whole-wheat alternatives. Plenty of interior space for groups.
Eataly NYC Downtown (Groups, Students)
Eataly has several restaurants on-site, including La Pizza & La Pasta (best group pick), Osteria Della Pace, and Vino e Grano, where diners can enjoy a range of regional Italian dishes. Plenty of space for small and large groups. Eataly can give away individual cards with $10, $20 or more, so individuals can eat their own food, rather than eating while sitting down.
This Cali-Mex spot offers a mix of classic burritos, tacos and quesadillas, plus an extensive and creative cocktail list. Space for groups inside.
La Malterie (Groups)
American tavern with craft beers, wines and cocktails. Using local ingredients, the menu includes ‘buttermilk bites’, ‘chicken lollipops’, tempura pickles and cheddar, gruyere and parmesan mac’n’cheese. Space for groups inside.
PJ Clarke’s (Bands)
Located in three locations around Manhattan, the Battery Park City spot offers indoor and outdoor group spaces with views of the Hudson River and classic American steakhouse fare. Good for groups indoors and outdoors.
Route 66 Smokehouse (Groups)
The classic All-American Route 66 Smokehouse serves delicious barbecue made sweeter by an impressive list of all-American whiskeys and a range of 20 American craft beers. Upstairs space available for groups upstairs and outdoor groups on popular Stone Street.
Sauce & Barrel (Groups, Students)
Artisan pizza and Italian-American fare and a popular neighborhood bar with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for groups.
This Instagrammable seafood spot serves up 100% sustainable and local fish and seafood at accessible prices. Menu items include poke, mussels, fish tacos, po’-boy inspired sandwiches, fish and beef burgers, and simple pan-fried fish dishes accompanied by daily sides and a selection of delicious salads. Large enough for indoor and outdoor groups.
Stone Street Tavern (Groups)
Located on the popular cobblestone Stone Street, this tavern serves American cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Small groups indoors and large groups outdoors on popular Stone Street.
Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant (Groups)
Located in a former bank vault in the heart of the Financial District, Trinity Place offers guests a true Wall Street feel while dining next to 35-ton vault doors dating back to 1904. Featuring a variety of American dishes and updated continentals, this establishment is a draw for tourists and locals alike.
Fraunces Tavern (Groups, Students)
Dine where George Washington himself last addressed his troops after the Revolutionary War, a true piece of American history with an adjacent museum. Fraunces Tavern offers Irish-American cuisine with Porterhouse steak, chops and seafood. Very good for large and small groups, ideal for students and history tours.
This popular local NYC chain of healthy yet delicious food offers fresh classics like burgers, salads, sandwiches and more in a lively space. Beers, wines and lattes are also on the menu. Space inside for groups.
This mega-restaurant features a 4,500 square foot outdoor rooftop terrace space as well as a large indoor dining space perfect for even very large groups. Ampia serves Italian cuisine in the heart of historic downtown, near Wall Street, the Seaport and more.
Pub-style American restaurant with TVs tuned to the latest sporting events, serving spicy chicken wings, cheesesteak hero, soup of the day, juicy burgers and more. Good for groups.
Stout NYC (Bands)
Stout Alehouse is a favorite among office workers looking for happy hour drinks and bar-friendly bites, and they have a bottomless weekend brunch. Good for groups indoors.
Clinton Hall (groups, older student groups)
This classic brewery features outdoor seating, oversized bar games and a rotating selection of 20 beers and ciders hand-selected by their in-house beer manager. Their Instagrammable menus for lunch, dinner and brunch offer gourmet twists on traditional brasserie cuisine. Large enough for indoor groups.
White Horse Tavern (upstairs event space + historic business)
This cozy bar on a side street in Lower Manhattan is a locals’ stash, offering a diverse draft list and cuisine that quickly turns into bar food for the crowds. Good for groups.
Harry’s Italian (Gold Street)
A classic downtown favorite with the after-work crowd, the original Harry’s Italian on Gold Street specializes in brick oven pizzas. There’s also an outpost on Murray Street with an extensive wine list and a popular happy hour. Good for groups.
Wall Street Grill (FIT, Bands)
A fully certified kosher restaurant with a selection of prime steaks, sustainable fish and craft cocktails, this is the perfect spot for FIT and luxury groups.
Liberty Bistro (FIT, Groups)
A modern brasserie serving French cuisine and cocktails by the water. Its expansive patio offers diners stunning views of the sunset over the Hudson all year round. Great for groups to sit outside and watch the boats go up and down the river.
The Fulton (FIT, Bands)
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has brought his signature haute cuisine to the Seaport, serving fresh seafood dishes like hot octopus and mozzarella, salmon dipped in brown butter and yellowfin tuna tartare in a high-end space. range but welcoming. Ideal for luxury FIT visitors and groups.
Malibu Farm (FIT, Groups)
Farm-to-table Southern California fare on the New York City waterfront at exciting Pier 17. Diners will find dishes on the daytime and brunch menus that are largely made from whole grains, of vegetables and fruits. Ideal for FIT and luxury group travelers.
MarkJoseph (FIT, Groups)
This bustling steakhouse is heaven for carnivores, who come to devour huge steaks, grilled to perfection and served with all the quintessential side dishes. Ideal for FIT and luxury group travelers.
Manhattan (FIT, Groups)
A celebrity chef drives. An open-plan restaurant on the top floor of a 60-story building in the heart of downtown, Manhatta offers creative cocktails, a solid menu, and even better views. Ideal for FIT clients or small groups
The Capital Grille (FIT, Bands)
Located one block from the New York Stock Exchange in the historic Equitable Building, Capital Grille offers a continental menu and an extensive wine list. As well as hosting energizing lunches and dinners, it caters to an after-work crowd for drinks and bar food. Perfect for luxury FITs and groups.
A little something for everyone
For groups that want to eat but don’t have a set meal, these areas have something for everyone.
This historic cobblestone lane was Manhattan’s first cobbled street during the Dutch colonial era. Now the block is home to bustling local restaurants and bars, each with outdoor picnic tables that spread out over the cobblestones.
Brookfield Place’s upscale food court offers fast-casual concepts from 14 of the city’s top chef-led restaurants, with upscale versions of everything from sushi to bagels to salads. Diners can eat at communal tables indoors or dine on the terrace, which offers views of New York Harbor.
Sheet metal building by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
The Seaport’s soon-to-open Tin Building is an upscale dining venue reimagined by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, complete with restaurants and a central market.