Introducing FDR Café

A long-abandoned building under the FDR Bridge in lower Manhattan has been transformed into a day-to-night café, featuring homemade food and refreshing beverages to grab and go. Whether you’re hankering for coffee and a croissant after a morning run along the East River, searching for a quick bite before seeing a show at Pier 17 or grabbing lunch with a view of South Street Seaport, FDR Café is a delicious new addition to the Seaport district.

This is not your average snack kiosk, though. Baked goods come courtesy of chef Wylie Dufrense’s Du Donuts and Balthazar pastries, while the café’s signature brownie is baked fresh daily at Market Hall in neighboring Pier 17. Coffee comes from local roasters Caffé Vita, and there’s small batch ice cream by Oddfellows, who offer rotating artisanal flavors such as peach, bacon and pecan; extra virgin olive oil, toasted sesame Nutella, and a vegan option such as coconut soft serve. Savory fans can stock up on New Orleans favorite, Zapp’s Chips, and a selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads. And, in addition to some of the best espresso drinks around, there’s a selection of cold juices, brews and milkshakes to quench your thirst.

Come by and lounge on the outdoor benches or take your treats to a spot by the water with panoramic views of the city. FDR Café is open 7 days, 8am-10pm. 

From the Pier 17 Rooftop concert venue to a Food Lab featuring residencies by the country’s best chefs; a Brooklyn ice cream institution to an iconic Italian luxury retail concept—plus a plethora of eating and drinking destinations that all benefit from a spot on the water with panoramic views of the New York skyline—this summer, the Seaport reestablishes itself as one of the most vibrant areas in Manhattan. Stay tuned for more exciting opening announcements throughout the year. 

The Seaport, Then and Now


New York City as we know it was born at the Seaport District. The economic growth of NYC in the first half of the 19th century was driven by the Port of New York’s position as an import–export exchange and cargo center for emerging American and global markets. The Seaport District on the East River in Lower Manhattan became a gateway for international shipping, maritime activities and the wholesale fish trade. South Street was known as the “Street of Ships” and it was the birthplace of the finance and print press industries. The rich economy gave life to Georgian, Federal, Italianate, Romanesque, and Greek revival mercantile architecture styles, built on cobblestone streets lit by some of the city’s first street lamps.