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A Perfect Day in South Street Seaport

It’s not just for tourists anymore!

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

Once an NYC stop reserved just for tourists, the South Street Seaport has experienced a major glow-up in the past few years. The newly restored historic cobblestone streets are now home to shops, restaurants, and attractions that make the neighborhood a must-visit for any self-respecting New Yorker. Here’s how to take advantage of all it has to offer.

EAT: Breakfast at Made Fresh Daily

This charming café serves simple breakfast sandwiches—elevated to buttermilk biscuits stuffed with fluffy eggs, ham, and Cheddar—all day, along with Balthazar croissants, homemade cookies, and frittatas. 226 Front Street (between Peck Slip and Beekman Street)

made fresh daily front street seaport district
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

DO: Visit the South Street Seaport Museum

The history of Front Street goes far beyond its beautiful cobblestone road. The architecture found in the district has been around since the early 1900s, and the seaport played a major role in the growth of trade and immigration. Learn about it all at the South Street Seaport Museum, where you can explore various collections of artifacts, historic records, over 30,000 ship plans, and more than 18,000 vintage books and magazines. 12 Fulton Street (between Front and South Streets)

EAT: Lunch at Taco Playa

Get the queso cotija and chili powder sweet corn (order two or more plates to avoid bickering among friends) and anything the chef whips up with chorizo that day at this lively Mexican cantina. Happy hour, very happily, starts at noon and goes until 7 p.m., so enjoy the $5 Coronas, $6 tequila shots, and $7 margaritas. 212 Front Street (at Beekman Street)

SHOP: At 10 Corso Como

This all-in-one (art, design, fashion, books, jewelry), high-end Seaport boutique was opened by former fashion editor Carla Sozzani, whose intention was to introduce a “living magazine.” Presentation is key here: Perfume bottles are stacked as if showcased at David Zwirner; mannequins are dressed in garb only seen on the runway; and futuristic lighting is seemingly borrowed from a spaceship. 1 Fulton Street (at Front Street)

10 corso como front street seaport district
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

WATCH: Movies in Style at iPic Theaters: Fulton Market

At iPic Theaters’s sophisticated take on the dinner-and-a-movie experience, you can choose from sweet and savory selections of gourmet snacks, all curated by James Beard Award–winning chef Sherry Yard. (Good luck finding Parmesan truffle fries, lobster rolls, and banana pudding pie at your local AMC.) 11 Fulton Street (between Front and South Streets)

EAT: Dinner at Seaport Food Lab

This experimental pop-up invites chefs from around the world—including the likes of Wylie Dufresne, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn, and Hija de Sanchez’s Rosia Sanchez—to prepare multicourse prix fixe meals for lucky diners during exclusive and exciting limited runs. You must buy tickets in advance. 19 Fulton Street (between Water and South Streets)

DRINK: Rosé at Bin No. 220

When the last four digits of your phone number spell out WINE, you better have some damn good vino to back it up. Bin No. 220’s diverse bottle selection certainly does. Its intimate, brick wall–lined vibes make it perfect for a quiet after-dinner drink. 220 Front Street (between Peck Slip and Beekman Street)

bin no. 220 seaport district
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

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