One of the developments in New York is the revitalization of South Street Seaport and Pier 17 – an area that was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy. I already talked a bit about the South Street Seaport region here on the blog and I think it’s a really nice area to visit, explore and eat. The streets are quiet and charming – it does not look like we are in New York, it even has a certain European atmosphere. Click here to check out more details. Another important development in the area is the Pier 17 building, which features contemporary design and includes open spaces, a rooftop, and several shops and restaurants. The Pier has been open for almost a year – but it is not in full operation yet. Several shops and restaurants should open soon – but the whole area can already be explored, including a great spot for beautiful photos.
Speaking of Pier 17 itself, one of the new spots is the R17 – bar and restaurant that sits on the rooftop of the Pier. We were there a few weeks ago – we were invited – to have the experience and it was so cool that I decided to share a post about it with you.
The R17 opened in November last year and is a 70-seat bar and lounge designed by the Rockwell Group, furnished with two fireplaces, pillows and blankets to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests. The place has a super sophisticated vibe. The highlight is the cocktails and the tapas menu. Remember: it is not a restaurant itself, but much more a bar with snack options. And talking about snacks – amazing! The menu was created by Chef Cassidy Hallman and includes options with ingredients such as vegetables, scallops, chicken, potatoes – and prices are between $12 and $18. I would say that for two people, it is good to order at least three portions. You can click here and check the complete menu. We tried the Cauliflower & Mushrooms, the Crispy Sweetbreads, and the Potato & Caviar and I have no words to describe how tasty these plates were. Seriously people, an explosion of flavors – we love both the Crispy Sweetbreads so much that we order one more portion.
The drinks menu is another highlight. There are several cocktail options – which cost between $14 and $19 – and we love Pamplemousse Spritz and San Luis Swizzle. The R17 is an enclosed rooftop – runs year-round. In summer, from June, R17 will also feature an open area – and overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, with different decor and different menu.
R17 opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 4pm to 11pm.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.