Marissa Maier and Mark Peikert name their top five destinations in Downtown Manhattan
- Bubby’s Pie Company, Tribeca (and Dumbo): “I remember when this restaurant was only one room and only the struggling artists in the neighborhood went there. It looks a lot different now, but they still serve amazingly delicious comfort food, like their fried chicken. But I’m also a big fan of the matzo ball soup.” —MM
“Don’t forget about the pie…or the whole menu, really” —MP
- Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City: “The playground there was a highlight of my childhood, especially the Tom Otterness bronze sculptures. Plus, there’s a koi pond now.” —MM
- The independent art house cinemas of Downtown: “Art house cinema is firmly entrenched in Downtown at this point, with the Angelika, Sunshine, IFC Center, Quad, Cinema Village and Film Forum serving up our favorite oddball indies and foreign flicks.” —MP
- P.S. 122, East Village: “With both of my parents working in the performing arts, I basically grew up in this building. But the avantgarde pieces aren’t the only thing I love about this place. The theater is a converted school building, and you can still see some of the original architectural elements to this day.” —MM
- Tom and Jerry’s, NoHo: “Tom and Jerry’s is exactly the kind of low-key bar we love: dim, spacious and serving cocktails that pack a punch without pretension.” —MP
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