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.