Best known as the financial services hub of New York City, FiDi is becoming increasingly residential. Young professionals are flocking to the area drawn by the convenient transportation, newly renovated apartments and striking waterfront views.
At a Glance
During the day, the Financial District can be chaotic with an influx of office workers and tourists attracted to the many historical sites, museums and phenomenal views the neighborhood offers. After the workday crowds clear, the neighborhood becomes quiet and calm. Nightlife is confined to a few small areas, as most residents return to their amenity-rich buildings and rooftop patios.
Although Fidi is packed with office workers and civil servants by day, it completely empties out at night offering a handful of post-work happy hours.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Stone Street is a pedestrian-only cobblestone strip where you can find tons of pubs and happy hour specials.
FiDi is full of windy, narrow cobblestone streets that seem more akin to medieval Europe than Downtown Manhattan.
FiDi has incredible public transportation options offering access to practically every subway line.
Lacking traditional residential housing stock and amenities, the neighborhood can have a disorienting and sterile feel.
By the Numbers
Prices in the Financial District are slightly less expensive relative to other Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods, but more and more luxury tier condos and rentals are coming on the market.
Food & Drink
The Financial District is not known for its food and drink options. The neighborhood specializes in power-lunch spots and burger joints, but there are some classic gems to be found as well as several new casuals spots opening up along Stone Street.
The Dead RabbitBars, Irish
The Dead Rabbit combines an old-fashioned pub feel with a menu of trendy, spirit forward cocktails and upscale bar food.
Fraunces TavernAmerican (Traditional), Bars
Fraunces Tavern is a traditional American bar with a storied past as the site of many major events in the Revolutionary War.
Les HallesFrench, Steakhouses, Breakfast & Brunch
Les Halles is traditional French bistro with dark interiors, classic cuts of beef and old-world ambiance.