New York's importance to American culture and its distinctive character are immortalized in songs sung by Sinatra, in lyrics and music composed by Billy Joel. It is greater than the sum of its nicknames such as "The Big Apple" and "The City That Never Sleeps." In many respects, this world class city is America's cultural center. -And that includes the cuisine! With over 2,000 restaurants in Manhattan alone, you'd have to be in this city a VERY long time before repeating a visit out of necessity. The sheer number of ethnic variety alone is astounding, and each is -as a rule- represented at its best in this city! Our restaurant guide for New York names only a few great places to dine closest by the Manhattan and Brooklyn cruise terminals. For your purposes, if you're spending a few nights, this is one American city very much worth your time and exploration!
Popular Restaurants Near the Manhattan Cruise Terminal:
La Bergamote Patisserie
, located at 515 W. 52nd St (between 10th and 11th Avenues), is .31 miles from the Manhattan cruise terminal AND a great place to go for brunch, lunch, and supper. La Bergamote, by the way, is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Mondays, and from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. As the name suggests, you're in for cuisine of the decided French bakery/cafe flair. Brunch dishes set the pace, with quiche, eggs benedict, Assiette Saumon fumel and omelettes from 9 to 12 USD. Croissants start at 2.20 USD. The lunch menu expands to include salads, sandwiches, and baguettes with your choice of Black Forest Ham, Smoked Trout, Smoked Salmon, and Pate, and range in price from 9 to 13 USD. For dinner, selections include main courses, such as Roasted Salmon, Herb Roasted Chicken, and Roasted Duck Comfit ranging from 16 to 18 USD. You can contact this restaurant at 212-586-2429 or visit http://www.labergamotenyc.com/
Azuri Cafe, at 465 W. 51st St. between 9th and 10th Avenues, may not always receive the best compliments for "attitude" and décor, but the food is heavenly if you love Middle Eastern cuisine. Falafel, Shawarma, and Gyro are specialties, with prices under 20 USD. This is good pick for veggie fare, and when you're in the mood for a filling lunch that isn't too pricey. Azuri Cafe is .41 miles from the Manhattan cruise terminal, and you can contact them at 212-262-2930.
, at 798 9th Avenue, is 0.52 miles from the Manhattan cruise terminal. This restaurant tends to attract the younger set and can get a bit noisy, but the food gets great reviews. With a predominantly American classic menu, Eatery introduces some unique quality and quirks. "Sliders" are made with Kobe Beef, and the "Mac & Jack" comes with "frizzled" onions. The Eatery offers some pasta and wok dishes, omelettes for brunch, and main entrees for dinner to include Scallops, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Red Curry Chicken. Prices from brunch and lunch range from 9 to 16 USD, and dinner entrees range from 12 to 24 USD. This restaurant is open for lunch from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, and for brunch from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner hours are from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sundays and Mondays, from 5:00 PM to Midnight Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. You can call them at 212-765-7080, or visit http://www.eaterynyc.com/Home_Page.html
Popular Restaurants Near the Brooklyn Terminal:
Defonte's, located at 379 Columbia St., is 0.26 miles from the Brooklyn cruise terminal. With a modestly priced menu (from 9 to 11 USD), mozzarella they make themselves, and fresh baked breads, Defonte's hot and cold subs and hero sandwiches have been making New Yorkers happy since 1922. If you've never experienced a bonafide east coast sub, this place offers you that positive, unforgettable opportunity! This is certainly a "must do" for first time visits to the Big Apple. Defonte's is open from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM Mondays through Saturdays, and they are closed on Sundays. You can contact them by phone at 718-625-8052. Defonte's only accepts cash.
Petite Crevette, located at 144 Union St., is 0.30 miles from the Brooklyn cruise terminal. This is a small restaurant with an even smaller kitchen from which amazing seafood dishes are composed... one of those sweet New York wonders! Entrees range in price from 19 to 21 USD, and the fish is not swimming in overwhelming sauces. Typical sides include mashed potatoes and other veggies. Petite Crevette actually has a BYOB policy, and be forewarned that this is a cash only venue. Both actually work in your favor when it comes to offering amazing fresh seafood at incredibly good prices! This restaurant is open from Noon to 3:00 PM, and from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Mondays through Saturdays, and from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Sundays. You can contact them at 718-855-2632, but no reservations are taken.
, located at 465 Court St., is 0.60 miles from the Brooklyn cruise terminal. In addition to the fine "Alpine cooking," Prime Meats is known for farm-to-table fresh produce. They make their own smoked Frankfurters, Weisswurst, and Bratwurst as well! The dinner menu includes a Raw Oyster Bar at menu prices, and main course such as Schnitzel, Spatzle, and Steak Frites from 10 to 27 USD. Breakfast and Lunch, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, includes everything from yogurt, fruit, and Farmer's Breakfasts to sandwiches and Schnitzel! Brunch is served on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Dinner is served beginning at 4:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, and 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Prime Meats only accepts cash and American Express, and can be contacted at 718-254-0327. You may also want to visit http://www.frankspm.com/index.html