Field Trip: The Seaport

Ok, so maybe this is a bit silly as a field trip (this is the fourth in a Sunday series), but I’ve been taking guests — what few we get these days — over there since it’s a decent stroll and there’s lots to see and a bit (not a lot) to do.

South Street Seaport

I don’t think I need to provide walking directions for you folks, but if you are not a regular biker, I recommend the trip from here around the point, with easy Citi Bike parking at Pier 11.

Luchadores on South across from Pier 17 has great fish tacos and that cute little plaza out front, since it’s building is an L-shape. Open till 8:30p.

The Fulton *just* reopened and has generous outdoor seating that they expanded. Reservations here.

Malibu Farm also has big tables outdoors and generous spacing, and I will note, most of its outdoor space is covered so it can be a rainy day option. (More TK since I never did a “new kid” post but have been there a few times.)

More drinking options: Watermark Bar is open with outdoor seating at the end of Pier 15 till 10p most nights.


  • McNally Jackson is now open noon to 7.
  • The Seaport has an outdoor art installation going on now that explores the Blue Line — the high tide mark of the future. (Spoiler alert: it’s above our heads.)
  • The dinner and a movie option at The Greens on the roof of Pier 17 is totally sold out, but you can join the waitlist here or for Plan B, have a drink R17, the bar also up there.
  • The Seaport Museum’s tall ship The Wavertree is open for an explore on a few upcoming Saturdays.

The Seaport is suddenly rich with high-design, cool open spaces that offer some top-notch hangout spots.

Pier 15
Tribecan Ken Smith designed this along with SHoP Architects and the bi-level elevated park is an amazing resource and oddly uncrowded, but NB: the Parks Department closes it at 6p, which seems both arbitrary and unfair, especially in these times. I asked the city why and there’s no real explanation…

The Elevated Acre
Smith also designed the Elevated Acre, a short walk away at 55 Water and a great spot for a picnic or a little relax. (He also did Pier 35, on the other side of the Manhattan Bridge.)

The Imagination Playground
The Imagination Playground (on John) is super fun for the younger set, with sand etc. It’s open, but I will leave it to a younger parent to comment on whether the giant blocks are available.

Sadly, Big Gay Ice Cream is still closed, but Van Leeuwen on Front is open!