Casual Restaurants to Check out after Your Statue of Liberty Cruise

A Statue of Liberty cruise is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. The cruise will take you through the harbor past views of the Statue of Liberty as well as the Manhattan financial district. You’ll likely have worked up an appetite after you’ve finished your tour of the harbor and taken tons of pictures. Lucky for you, your cruise will drop you off in lower Manhattan. This neighborhood is packed with awesome places to grab a bite to eat. Here are a few of the best spots.

Pizza Beach

If you’re in the mood for a pie that’s a step above typical $1 New York pizza, check out Pizza Beach. Located on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, this relaxed joint offers up a solid pizza selection. The menu features unique pizza options like the crushed avocado pie or the tuna tartare pizza. There are other menu options if the other members of your group aren’t in the mood for pizza. The eatery has a laid-back west coast vibe with hip string lights and a coastal flair. The ambiance is a comfortable departure from the hustle of Manhattan.

Spaghetti Incident

This fast-casual Italian joint is the perfect spot to fill up on some carbs after a day of sightseeing on your Statue of Liberty cruise. You’ll find Spaghetti Incident on Eldridge Street between Houston and Stanton. As the name suggests, the menu here offers an array of pasta confections. The portions sizes are hefty, and the prices reasonable. If you’re in a hurry, you can grab food on the run in the carryout cones that allow you to eat your pasta on the go.

Essex Street Market

Take a step back into culinary history with a visit to Essex Street Market. Located at Essex Street near the Delancey Street subway station, this market features a wide variety of culinary merchants. The food offerings here come from various cultural cuisines and styles with a wide variety, making this a great spot if you’re traveling with a choosy crowd.

La Contenta

If you’re in the mood for an authentic Mexican food experience, head over to La Contenta on Norfolk Street. This is a tiny spot, so it may take a minute or two to grab a table, but it’s worth the wait. Once you’ve gotten a table, the vibe in this small restaurant transports you to some exotic Mexican village. The food here won’t disappoint, and the drink menu offers a solid selection of tequila drinks.