BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
Wall Street: one of the most famous and historic streets in Manhattan, it leaches tourists, history buffs, and rich stock brokers alike. Wall Street got its start in 1653 when construction began on a wall spanning the (then) width of the city, protecting from English invaders. It wasn’t until the 18th century when Wall Street became the world renown financial center it is today. The newest addition to Wall Street is its cutesy, cringe worthy moniker FiDi (short for Financial District), I’m guessing that this was created in hopes to make Wall Street (and the rest of the Financial District) more user friendly, more of a “destination” if you will; instead of the dark and desolate area it seems to have become post 9/11 and crash of ‘09.
Points of historic interest on the street include the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall, along with a surprisingly great selection of food. (The suits need to eat too!)
11 Wall Street – New York Stock Exchange Luncheon Club
(On the seventh floor of the NYSE)
The New York Stock Exchange Luncheon club was founded at a different location on Broadway over a century ago in 1898. The private club was only open to the front-runners of Wall Street and served as a place for the powerful to talk shop and grab a bite to eat.
Although the NYSE Luncheon Club was officially closed for business in 2006 following increased security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the declining popularity of luncheon clubs, inside sources say that it has reopened on a much, much smaller scale.
14 Wall Street – Wall Street Cafe
Possibly the best of the in and out lunch spots on Wall Street, the Wall Street Cafe turns out edible grub for prices that are easy to swallow. Tourists frequent the appetizing food display, but be forewarned that there is bigger and better out there!
14 Wall Street – Equinox Juice Bar
Open to the public, this juice bar inside the Equinox fitness club is a great stop if you’re craving a “juiced up” fruit and veggie juice or smoothie. They also have a selection of sandwiches and protein bars if you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial. Be prepared for steep prices though, it is Equinox after all.
45 Wall Street – Starbucks
Stop by for a coffee while going over your notes before your big interview at 40 Wall.
55 Wall Street – Cipriani Wall Street (Club 55*)
Cipriani Wall Street’s stunning interior is a must see at least once while in New York. Your best bet is the balcony (especially nice in the warm weather) for an after work drink due to the pricey dinner tabs and just so-so food. Try the Bellini, it was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948!
*Club 55, is a private restaurant and bar in Cipriani Wall Street’s basement offered to residents of the Cipriani Club Residences at 55 Wall Street.
The balcony at Cipriani Wall Street – Courtesy of John M., Yelp.com
60 Wall Street – The Country Cafe (Multiple locations)
While The Country Cafe may be a last resort for lunch for many of the Financial District’s 9-5ers, it is often a convenient stop with multiple locations (some of which may be located right inside your office building) when you’re in a hurry. If you’re visiting, don’t bother.
63 Wall Street – La Maison Du Chocolat
Drop by this smaller outpost (to the flagship store on Madison Avenue) to pick up a box of chocolates as a gift the receiver won’t soon forget, or drop by for a cup of coffee and a sublime macaroon or two while taking in the heavenly scent that engulfs you. Also try the refined, smooth truffles which the helpful staff will aid you in picking out the perfect one for your taste.
75 Wall Street – Wall & Water (inside Andaz Hotel)
Located in the Andaz Hotel, Wall & Water specializes in locally sourced ingredients. Although the food may just be so-so, designer David Rockwell created a pleasing space located two floors above the main lobby of the hotel. The space boasts an open kitchen and a raw bar. If you’re there for the food, try a few selections on the charcuterie and cheeses menu for a snack or one of their better-than-average seasonal soup selections.
75 Wall Street – Bar Seven Five (inside Andaz Hotel)
When you’re not in the mood for a sit down meal at Wall & Water, check out Bar Seven Five, the Andaz hotel’s bar. The sleek art deco feel inside almost makes you forget that you are at a hotel bar that could use a happy pill or two. I see potential, while some see just another hotel bar.
80 Wall Street – Cafe Wall Street
Cafe Wall Street does not pride itself on excellent food, but with so many hungry men (and a few women) working on Wall Street, the demand is met here at this speedy cafe.
80 Wall Street – Niko Niko
Working on Wall and craving Japanese? Try Niko Niko for a bargain-for-Wall Street lunch. The bargain prices may reflect the take it or leave it food, but the large menu will work magic on any Japanese craving you may be having.
100 Wall Street – Starbucks
The rumors about New York City are true, there really is a Starbucks on every block!
Greek Street (corner of Wall & Broad)
Friendly owners and high quality ingredients for bargain prices are the reasons why this food cart always has a line. Locals swear by this Grecian owned cart where the chicken is juicy, the rice is fluffy, and the knishes are stuffed with hot dogs!
Ravioli Fair (Wall btwn Broad & William)
In the mood for some Italian style street meat? Check out the Ravioli Fair truck now stationed on Wall Street. Heaping portions of pasta and huge subs that’ll last you through dinner time for the price of round trip subway fair to Little Italy. Try the Chicken Parm sub for a large bite you can take back to the office, or enjoy outside in the warm weather.
Although not the most popular Halal option on Wall Street, Pakiza has a loyal following. The standard chicken and lamb options are the name of the game here, so try them out for yourself and maybe you will be a loyal follower of Pakiza.
Express Power Lunch (Wall btwn. Pearl & Water)
The $5 meat platter served over rice with a salad and drink may just be the best deal on Wall Street. Halal carts are a dime a dozen in these parts, but EPL does it right every time. While lamb is usually the better choice for street meat, the chicken comes recommended here.
Love Truck Coffee (Wall btwn. Pearl & Hanover)
The friendly Love Truck brings service back to the food trucking industry. Regulars are treated like one of their own, and classics from the 70s playing as you walk up to the truck might even temporarily transport you back/to Woodstock. Sure, the prices may not match your standard breakfast truck $1, but with coffee that tastes as good as this truck’s and service to match, who wouldn’t want to stop for a cup o’ love?
Rickshaw Dumpling Truck (Wall btwn Pearl & Hanover)
One of the latest food truck additions to Wall Street, the Rickshaw Dumpling truck serves a variety of dumplings with a taste for everyone (chicken, pork, and vegetarian). At 6 for $6 and soup and salad sides for $3, this isn’t the best food truck deal on Wall Street but it’s a quick stop if you’re craving Asian flavors. Try the flagship Rickshaw Dumpling Bar on 23rd Street for your fast food dumpling fix.