Moran’s – An amazing restaurant in the heart of the Financial District that serves up food from all cuisines: Irish, Italian, Spanish, and many more. The food is exquisite, fresh, and served with a bit of love on the side. The portions are generous and the prices will appeal to any student going for brunch for a power meeting or simply going on a date after work. The gorgeous fireplace invites you in and the food makes you stay. From a $16.50 half chicken, to a $7.00 lobster bisque, this place has it all.
Pret A Manger – Meaning “ready to eat”, this restaurant is meant for truly on-the-go people. If you are given a five minute lunch, and it takes you 2 minutes to get downstairs, then this place is perfect for you. Serving sandwiches and subs for pennies is their business, and this place is great if you want to grab a bite to eat and explore the city or just want to eat well. One of the most popular reasons to go here is for their desserts; they offer brownies, cakes, and cookies that Mom would be proud to serve back home.
The Bridge Cafe – The oldest serving tavern in NYC, the Bridge Café is located adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. While the history is voluminous and goes back to New York’s industrial roots, the prices seem more in touch with oil barons than NYC students. However, on the off chance that it is a special occasion, you want to try their famous crab cakes, or just want to see the “ghost” in the bathroom, then this place may suit your needs. There are multiple menus, depending on when you arrive: Brunch A La Carte, Lunch, or Dinner, all with increasing levels of expense. Home to clientele that call the shots in the industry, The Bridge Café may be where you land that job offer or interview.
New York Stock Exchange – Home to hundreds of trades, brokers, and onlookers, the New York Stock Exchange is one of the foundations of New York. Appealing to young and old alike, it has a viewing area where you can take in all of the arguing, bickering, and deal-making for yourself. It is open from 9:30-4:00PM on Monday-Friday but the viewing area usually has a plethora of people, so be prepared to arrive early.
South Street Seaport – You never know what you’re going to find when you walk its acres. There are multiple performers outside: Michael Jackson impersonators, breakdancers, painters, etc. However, even if you miss these acts there is still quite a bit to do: You can sample some street food or buy souvenirs outside, take a water taxi, explore the sites on the historic naval vessels, walk the mall, or have a burger and beer on the sandy area. I promise, you will never be bored.
Ground Zero – Visiting this place is truly a unique experience. If you remember seeing the devastation on television or if you remember being in New York on 9/11, then you will truly be moved. September 11, 2001 represents a day when the United States was at its lowest but the Freedom Tower (where the Twin Towers once stood), represents the birth of a new New York and the rebirth of its people. Now Ground Zero is home to a memorial, a workshop, tours, and the rising Freedom Tower. If you recently came to this country, then this site can give you inspiration of how to make your stay as fulfilling as possible and leave you with a desire to improve the world.