When it opened last May, Hudson Eats became an instant success, surely because of its appealing design and trendy dining spots, but also because of the shortage of restaurants in the area.
Until recently, Battery Park City, a 92-acre neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, was known as a calm yet unexciting place consisting mainly of residential condominiums and office towers. Its biggest attraction was a leafy riverside promenade.
Battery Park City’s renaissance continues farther south at Pier A Harbor House, a multilevel food and drink destination set in a stately 19th-century pier building on the Hudson River. Following years of disuse, its renovated interior features a spacious ground-level saloon.
“For many, including us, it may have been difficult to imagine the resurrection of downtown New York after 9/11, but we quickly got back on course,” said Peter Poulakakos — whose family has been doing business in Lower Manhattan since the 1950s and whose company owns Pier A and Le District — in an email. “Battery Park City is better than ever and unexplored in a way that will give not only New Yorkers but visitors a fresh new experience of NYC.”