Pier A Harbor House

Restaurants, Seafood Battery Park
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Pier A Harbor House
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Peter Poulakakos is plenty dedicated to the Financial District—the prolific restaurateur has a whopping 10 projects below Chambers Street including James Joyce homage Ulysses and the Irish gang-themed Dead Rabbit. The setting for his latest, with partners Danny McDonald and Michael Jewell, is a pier that's been closed to the public for 127 years, a retrofitted re-creation of the Gilded Age divided into three levels and anchored by a soaring clock tower. Decked out in nautical relics like pipes from steamship engine rooms, the first floor includes a belly-up bar slinging on-tap dark-and-stormys and Pimm's cups, a raw bar shucking oysters and steaming clams, and an expansive beer hall pouring old-world European suds. Upstairs, the second-floor dining room is split into four, named for a maritime police boat, a firefighter patrol boat, the nearby Lady Liberty and W.R. Grace, the mayor who signed off on the pier. The top tier, an event space reserved for community gatherings (think poetry readings and music performances), overlooks the harbor.

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Venue name: Pier A Harbor House
Contact:
Address: 22 Battery Pl
NY
10004
Cross street: at Pier A
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green
Price: Average cocktail: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V.
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tastemaker

Fun vibes for a sunny day with great views and big groups. Definitely a spacious place but the "good spots" are likely to fill up fast. I've come on a weeknight and weekend (both in summer) and had similar experiences but overall think it's a fun place.

tastemaker

On the contrary, I did not have such a pleasant experience when I visited three weeks ago. My friend and I ordered the buffalo wings which were extremely spicy. On the other hand, we also ordered the hummus dip which had a ton of celery and carrot sticks but did not have enough of the dip/ truly imbalanced. I was very pleased with the views of the statue of liberty and the sunset. Some unpredicted rain changed things for the better as a double rainbow appeared in the sky once the rain subsided. That compensated for the poor food quality or perhaps choice. I agree with other people emphasizing the spaciousness of the venue and the vast sitting areas throughout the indoor restaurant as well as the outdoor pier. I would give this place another try as I did not have the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail as we opted for beer.

tastemaker

Awesome outdoor spot. Beautiful views of the sunset and the Statue of Liberty. Good for large parties and drinking. I didn't try the food. It was pretty crowded, but bartenders were good and the space is huge so it didn't matter

tastemaker

If you can skate around the drunk 20-somethings wearing the polo shirts, khaki shorts and day dresses, and ignore the shitty service, you might've just found one of the best places to drink outdoors in the city. 


Their prices aren't crazy considering the location and they have a really solid bar. It's definitely worth a trip and I'm sure you'll be back. Food is nothing to write home about, but it'll do. 

moderatortastemaker

You'll be hard pressed to find a better location on the island of Manhattan to watch the sunset with sweeping views of the Hudson and Lady Liberty. The food is good, particularly the fish tacos and brisket sliders. The beer selection is also extensive, but it all comes back down to the view. The only slight knock on the place is limited bathrooms, which can cause a slight wait. Either way, it's the perfect place for a summer happy hour after work or just to enjoy some casual waterfront drinks any time.


Another great outdoor, summer hangout! It's a little expensive, but it is almost like a mini-get away from NYC without even leaving! The food is great, or just go for drinks and an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty!

tastemaker

One of my favorite new NYC spots! Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, Pier A Harbor House boasts beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Jersey City. This restaurant is a long, beautiful hall with hundreds of spots to eat both inside and outside. Though it is a little pricey, the food and drinks are absolutely worth it. Try the tuna tartare tacos (probably the best upscale tacos I've ever had), the calamari (which is probably the lightest, least fried fried calamari I've ever had), and the artichoke and crab dip (you actually get more crab than artichoke, who's complaining about that?!). 

tastemaker

Worth the trek downtown! The Pier A Harbor house feels like an escape from NYC; it is right on the water in a huge space with great food and great drinks. Their lobster roll is unreal (as in it is too good to be true). The views of the Statue of Liberty and the amazing sunsets make this an awesome spot. It is great for groups and parties and perfect for summer, with tons of outdoor seating. As opposed to other popular destinations on the water, such as the Frying Pan, the food here is really five-star quality and it is a great alternative for people who have motion sickness (as it is on the dock as opposed to a ship docked in the water).