Dead Rabbit (30 Water St)
British pub with excellent cocktails (they’ve won several awards). Go for the happy hour, they often have out free finger foods.
Growler (55 Stone St)
One of the best bars on Stone Street (note: definitely go to Stone in the spring and summer!) Excellent food (especially the burger, cauliflower bites, and fried pickles) and their own draft beer is very good. Go for brunch and they have a solid bloody mary bar.
Adrienne’s (54 Stone St)
Hearty, semi-deep dish pizza, also a Stone Street favorite.
Vintry (57 Stone Street)
One of the lesser known bars on Stone Street, very good wine selection, delicious small plates and cheese, and they have a good deal for a cheap 3-course lunch.
La Dama (66 Pearl St)
Very good happy hour, cheap margs and sangria. The enchiladas are especially good.
Smorgas Chef (53 Stone St)
Swedish farm-to-table place on Stone Street. Good happy hour specials. Best entrees are the Swedish meatballs and Smorgasboard. They also do a good brunch on weekends.
Le District (225 Brookfield Place)
The French version of Eataly up in Battery Park city. The main restaurant Beauborg is OK, it’s better for drinks to sit outside by the water.
Luke’s Lobster (26 South William St)
This is legit the best lobster roll outside of New England. Not tons of mayo, tons of meat, and buttery roll. They have a couple locations but this one is quieter on weekends especially. They also have good clam chowder, and also other types of seafood rolls. Good deal for the meal (drink and chips).