Industry Kitchen

Restaurants, Contemporary American Financial District
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Industry Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Industry Kitchen

South Street Seaport booms with outdoor movie screenings, open-air farmers' markets and a beer garden during warmer months, but its year-round appeal gets bolstered with this waterfront 6,000-square-foot restaurant from Financial District empire builder Abraham Merchant (Watermark Bar, Clinton Hall). Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the East River, the vast dining room is decorated with wood tables made from European truck flatbeds, a 12-seat chef's counter across from the open kitchen and curtain-style doors that open onto the esplanade, complemented by a 1,500-square-foot patio lined with white-oak beer-hall tables and plush couches. Chef Marco Allen's menu plays up the seafront locale (shrimp over grits, cedar-planked salmon in ginger vinaigrette), while also turning out wood-fired plates like a sopressata-pecorino pizza, a sirloin topped with smoked pepper salsa and squash gratin layered with zucchini, eggplant and tomato-basil pistou. From the pewter-topped horseshoe bar, expect both craft (Delirium Tremens, Harpoon IPA) and big-brand drafts (Stella Artois, Coors), and 10 seaside-inspired cocktails such as the Shoes Optional (cachaça, mescal, lime) and the Bourbon Berry (elderflower, blackberry compote).


Venue name: Industry Kitchen
Address: 70 South St
Cross street: between Maiden Ln and Pine St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat, Sun 10am-11pm
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to Wall St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V.
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Industry Kitchen's best asset is its location on the East River Promenade. It's my favorite place to take in a sunset after work. The staff is friendly. The food and drink need work but they're good enough given the spectacular view.

The restaurant serves half bottles of wine -- a plus except that the wine list stinks. Exhibit A -- Kendall Jackson. There are hundreds of excellent inexpensive wines out there better than those on the list. On a related note, there are no ice buckets for white and sparkling wine. So either drink quickly or drink warm wine.

On the beer front, you'll find Delerium Tremens on tap though it was flat each time I tried it. I now stick with wine. The food is not as good as you would think given the wood burning ovens. Head somewhere else for dinner after sunset.