Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard St.
For the first time in a century, smoked salmon hounds can sit down and enjoy their R&D lox at one of the luncheonette-style counter stools.
30 Water St
The Tap Room on the first level evokes the atmosphere of an old Irish pub, while the Parlor Room upstairs is the more sophisticated, table service sister.
23 Commerce St
Delicious, raw dishes with impeccable presentation.
86 W 3rd St
The vibe here is Old World; black-suited Italian waitstaff are solicitous and formal, the dining room is dim and cozy, and prices are unabashedly high.
181 Thompson St.
The restaurant pays homage to the essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, with familiar, comforting dishes.
230 W 4th St
Influenced, but not limited by authenticity, Empellon’s menu strays far from the average downtown Mexican joint.
5 King St
The food menu leans vaguely Italian and is devoid of the usual constraints of “appetizer” and “main course,” divided instead into raw bar, pasta and small plates.
235 W 12th St
The cozy space, made up of two small rooms, is a hit with the neighborhood crowd.
Jack’s Wife Freda
244 Lafayette St
Jack’s Wife Freda is a comfortable, casual eatery that is pleasantly buzzing (if not totally jammed) almost any time of day.