Food & Drink

Battery Park's Bastion

Want to gaze upon the Statue of Liberty in an environment that's got some class? Then throw on your sickest Big Johnson shirt and try to infiltrate a junior high school trip head to The Conrad, a 463-suite hotel pushing the BPC renaissance by bestowing upon the neighborhood approximately 30000sqft of event space, 2000 pieces of art, and one atrium-situated "old-school barbershop", where you'll learn that old-school barbershops apparently gave new-age massages

The current crown jewel of their destinocity, though, is Atrio, run by a former Four Seasons chef intent on marrying "Old World respect for great food" with a contemporary attitude toward style, meaning Ital-Lebanese bites served in what looks like an airplane hangar cozied up by a lounge designer, and views that overlook the waterfront, just like the Academy did when they snubbed Rod Steiger for Best Supporting Actor. Seriously, who's even seen The Barefoot Contessa? Anyways, dinner starts on elegantly hearty notes of whipped mortadella & Sicilian pistachio crostini, burrata w/ charred scallion pesto, and stone-fired 'zas (spicy pork belly sausage spread & smoked scamorza!), while mains count branzino w/ pine nut brown butter, and orecchiette w/ escarole, cannellini beans, and duck sausage from LI, not that they couldn't have spared a few meatballs, too

Come summer, a seasonal rooftop bar highfalutinly known as the Loopy Doopy Lounge & Garden will unveil its sweeping Liberty Island vistas and fresh 'tails incorporating produce from an on-site herb patch that supplies not only Atrio, but also neighboring joints like North End Grill, as buying city-grown herbs is a much easier way to recreate a high school trip.