Hidden Gems to Check Out on Before or After an NYC Sightseeing Cruise

You could spend a lifetime in New York and never discover all that the city has to offer. The Big Apple is covered with tucked-away spots, restaurants, and bars that fly just under the radar.  These places seem to miss the hype and attention of tourists and are favorite haunts of locals and those in the know. If you have an NYC sightseeing cruise planned, you’ll likely depart from the lower portion of Manhattan. Luckily for you, this area of the city houses some of the best-kept secrets in the city. Here are a few hidden gems for you to visit before or after your New York water tour.

Kiwi Cuba

Located on Front Street just steps away from the East River, this New Zealand meets Cuba gastropub offers up dishes like venison sausage, wild-caught salmon, lamb chop lollipops, grilled oysters, and fresh crab cakes. When stepping off of your NYC sightseeing cruise, just head toward Front Street and look for the distinctive blue facade. The design of this cozy joint features Maori symbols and carvings throughout the restaurant, giving it a cool vibe.

Jeremey’s Ale House

You’ll find Jeremey’s Ale House in the South Street Seaport. This dive bar is a favorite among locals. Its no-frills attitude coupled with delicious food and drinks make it a prime spot to take a load off after touring the NYC harbor. The drinks are reasonably priced, and there are TVs scattered on the walls so you can catch a game while you dine and drink. This is the ideal spot for a low-key, no-frills experience.

Cafe Patoro

This upscale Brazilian café features a menu built around traditional cheese-flavored rolls known as pao de queijo or PDQ. The eatery offers PDQ sandwiches and Brazilian takes on traditional dishes like grilled cheese. You can find Café Patoro in the Seaport District – a stone’s throw from the waterfront. Grab one of their highly recommended lattes and sit back while you watch the boats come and go on the east river.

Hole in the Wall 

When you step off of your tour boat, start walking up Fulton Street toward Hole in the Wall. This Australian-themed eatery and bar specializes in food, drinks, and coffee. The menu here offers specialty drinks, beer, wine, small plates, and deserts. The brunch menu runs until 4 p.m. with highlights like pulled pork eggs benedict and brioche French toast. The coffee at Hole in the Wall features beans sourced from around the globe and brewed with care and attention just for you.