Courtesy, Brookfield Place - A view of the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place.
At first glance, seems like a fancy shopping center, but for the locals, office workers and visitors sightseeing in Lower Manhattan, this building complex is a centralized hub for everything from art installations and cultural events to happy hours and restaurants.
Brookfield Place holds court in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, across from the World Trade Center in a prime spot taking up 14 acres overlooking the Hudson River. It’s near just about every transportation option available (subways, ferries and PATH trains; it even has valet parking for those driving), so whether you live nearby or you’re in town for business or pleasure, the waterfront complex is a convenient (and beautiful) destination.
But don’t take our word for it—we’ve asked real New Yorkers and travelers to divulge their tried-and-true picks at the downtown destination:
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - A view of Brookfield Place's Winter Garden.
Both the architecture and location of Brookfield Place are draws unto themselves—from the structure’s soaring palm-tree-lined glass atrium to the to the alfresco lounge in the summer and waterfront in the winter.
“While the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan is just outside the east entrances to the building, exiting on the west side drops you right next to the Hudson River, and all of a sudden you feel like you’re in a different world,” says Suzanne, a marketing executive who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “It’s quiet, serene, and the river is right at your feet. Taking a stroll up and down the walkway, admiring the boats, sitting on a bench and staring out at the water, grabbing a drink or a snack at the spots along Brookfield’s Waterfront Plaza...it’s just the reset you need during a busy New York day.”
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - Lunch at Tartinery.
Along with seven sit-down restaurants from lauded chefs, Brookfield Place holds a food destination called Hudson Eats with 13 food stalls featuring options like artisan bagels made by a James Beard–nominated chef and sushi featuring fish flown in daily from the Sea of Japan.
“I’m always on the hunt for the perfect bagel, and offers a kind you don’t find much in New York: Montreal-style,” says Suzanne. “In the morning, I’ll get a toasted everything with scallion cream cheese, or for lunch, a BLT or tuna salad. If you’re with a crowd or kids, there’s nothing easier than grabbing a dozen, plus some schmears, and making an easy picnic outside on Brookfield’s gorgeous waterfront plaza.”
Beyond Hudson Eats, you can relax at a table with a view over just about any kind of cuisine—Italian, American, French and more. “ has all the hearty Italian old standards done consistently well,” says Jon, an IT professional who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. “The best is just getting a hero or semolina roll with whatever version of parmesan you prefer—chicken, meatball, eggplant, you can’t really go wrong. I also love their homemade mozzarella sticks.”
“ is one of my favorite food markets in NYC,” says Suzanne. “If you’re a fan of all things French, stop for a bite at any of their three restaurants. On a sunny afternoon—or even better, golden hour—you can’t beat sitting outside at Liberty Bistro with a glass of wine and a cheese plate taking in the views of the Hudson River. Plus, if you’re with kids, they have the whole plaza to run around and enjoy while you wait for your meal.”
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - Browsing the shops at Brookfield Place.
The space has an incredible breadth of apparel shops to choose from, which span designer (including ’ only retail store in the world) to mid-range retailers. Perusing the windows and racks is a fashionista’s dream.
“I like to browse the different shops, specifically ,” says Erin, a creative strategist who lives in Manhattan’s East Village. “I spontaneously got an emerald green puffer coat there during a recent Brookfield Place pitstop, and it was a great deal. But even if I don’t buy anything, I simply enjoy looking at the different stores there for fashion inspiration.”
“I almost exclusively purchase my workwear at ,” says Lindsay, a human resources director who lives in Los Angeles and works from her company’s Brookfield office when in New York City. “The clothing is classic, well-cut and excellent quality.”
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - Dinner at P.J. Clarke's includes a waterfront view.
After a long day of work or sightseeing, there are plenty of spots for kicking back with a cocktail and enjoying stunning views. “The shack on Brookfield Place’s waterfront terrace is the spot,” says Ted, a senior art director who works near Brookfield Place and lives just across the water in Hoboken, New Jersey. “It’s like a coastal oasis—you can enjoy happy hour next to the marina while watching the sun set over the Hudson. The crew at Tartinery is the best—Isaac makes a mezcal cocktail called Smoke on the Boardwalk that’s summer in a glass.”
Anna Lee agrees—she frequents Tartinery’s indoor location year-round. Ted also loves happy hour. “They have excellent seafood and uninterrupted views of the harbor,” he says. But if you’re a seafood lover, consider the flagship location of Seamore’s at Brookfield Place; it features sustainable fare from local fishmongers as well as an excellent happy hour, with deals on mixed drinks, wine and beer from 4 to 7pm.
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - Enjoy public seating at the waterfront terrace.
Along with world-class shopping and dining, Brookfield Place has you covered for just about any wellness need—from a massage to a manicure. “When I lived in Brooklyn, I frequented Brookfield Place—it’s a really convenient location that has everything I need under one roof,” says Lindsay. “Now I often travel back to NYC for work, and I always find myself there. My absolute favorite spot is —I decompress after a long flight or a day of meetings with their NutriDrip IVs and infrared sauna.”
Lindsay is also a devotee. “It’s my go-to spot for an expert manicure, which is a must after carrying bags to and from the airport,” she says. “It’s a chic and calming environment, and I love that they offer hand massages and nontoxic nail colors.”
Courtesy, Brookfield Place - Exploring the exhibits around Brookfield Place.
Those who frequent this hub for work or play know of its extensive schedule of events and art installations that are constantly rotating. Follow the ongoing Art Walk that guides you along the exhibits that come and go at Brookfield, such as the , or keep track of cultural events or programs that change by the season.
“My favorite installation is the yearly light show during the holidays, ,” says Emma, an editor who used to work within the Brookfield campus. “One year, I stumbled upon an entire production of the in the Winter Garden while leaving work and couldn’t help but stay. Check the calendar so you don’t miss anything!”
Other programming include the charitable “Canstruction” design competition that challenges teams to build sculptures out of canned food that are then donated to City Harvest, an upcoming presentation of the opera and even .
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