Pier A Harbor House

Bar in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Looking dashing after a major restoration, Pier A is a super-spacious, casual eating and drinking house right on New York Harbor. If the weather's fine, try for a seat on the waterside deck – picnic benches, sun umbrellas and an eyeful of New York skyline offer a brilliant spot for sipping craft beers or one of the house cocktails on tap.

If you're feeling peckish, stick to the burgers, sandwiches or raw bar options.

The 2nd-floor cocktail bar BlackTail (5pm to 2am) is themed around American bars in Cuba during Prohibition; it has an intimate feel with polished wood paneling and leather couches. Cocktails are available from one of five categories (according to their signature glass); there's live music several nights per week.