Dining Manhattan Style - Downtown Alliance

Monday, June 13, 2016

My most favorite part about living in New York City is the diversity in food. When I heard that the most famous food restaurants would all appear in one place again, I knew I couldn’t miss it. That’s right! Dine Around Downtown made its way back to Liberty Plaza. If some of you are unfamiliar with what goes on during the event; the most well known restaurants of Lower Manhattan all come together under several tents to serve their greatest delicacies for you at the most affordable prices..

Financial District
First off I started with this fabulous dish at Ulysses Folk House Restaurant Tent…

This grilled chicken was so crispy and had just the right amount of salt. Located in the heart of the Financial District, Ulysses’ Folk House is named after the famous Irish novel written by James Joyce. The novel follows the protagonist Leopold Bloom through one day (June 16th, 1904) where his adventures parallel those lived by Ulysses in the Greek classics. Since then, the sixteenth of June has become known as Bloomsday, a holiday celebrated in countries around the world, such as Ireland, South Africa, Australia, China, and the United States. Not coincidentally, Ulysses’ Folk House was founded and established on June 16th, 2003, by a group of private investors and restaurateurs from Ireland and Greece. This paved the way for the unique duel theme of our restaurant, with both Irish and Greek owners..

Harry’s Italian… A favorite with the after-work crowd, the original Harry's Italian on Gold Street is known for its classic pizza and pasta dishes and a great happy hour in a neighborhood with a growing dining scene.

This hasn’t been the first cannoli I’ve tried. Compared to others I’ve eaten, it was delicious! It was so creamy and authentic. I felt like I was eating dessert in Italy. It may seem like I finished my meal.

Then, I couldn’t help myself with some spicy tuna sushi. Sushi is absolutely my favorite!!! I couldn’t miss out on that. I was a little upset that they didn’t have chopsticks. However, I could feel the Sriracha sauce in it. I am absolutely obsessed with it! I use with almost any food possible. Yum! 

Unfortunately, it started to rain. Many people started to duck for cover. However, Jessica told me to try out the scallops at SUteishi Sushi. I knew that I couldn’t pass that up.

Pan seared scallops
A freshly prepared pan seared scallops with a hint of lemon, it was exquisite. SuteiShi is a neighborhood favorite, the elegant and modern Japanese eatery offers a cozy, industrial-chicdécor with expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows with an offering of innovative Asian dishes.

Soon, the rain got much worse and the tents closed down early. However, the little time I had was still such a rich and interesting experience. I look forward to checking it out again next year.

More than 40 of Lower Manhattan’s best restaurants participated in this Downtown tradition, one of the most delicious afternoons we experience south of Chambers Street this year sponsored by the Seaport District and Platinum Properties.   Local favorites – old and new alike – served up signature dishes for between $3-$7 all afternoon. Co-presented by the Downtown Alliance and Fosun, the event hosted by Food Network Star and Cookbook Author, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and live music by The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars.

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