Insider's Scoop, Part 1 – The Verdesian Talks Food in Battery Park City

We interviewed The Verdesian about Battery Park City and their insider information about the area!

This series will focus on what makes Battery Park City - and the Verdesian and Solaire buildings – the perfect NYC place to live.

Battery Park City is getting so exciting. How have you seen the area develop over the past few years?

In the last five years, we've had the opening of Goldman Alley, so that's brought Shake Shack here – which is one of our favorites.

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="alignnone" width="300"]Shake Shack - Battery Park City Shake Shack in Battery Park City - via Conrad Hotel's site[/caption]

And so many other great restaurants including Harry’s Italian, Danny Meyer’s North End Grill and Blue Smoke.

[caption id="attachment_1699" align="alignnone" width="300"]Blue Smoke - Near the Verdesian Blue Smoke[/caption]

We’ll talk about a number of aspects and developments in this Insider’s Scoop series - but since you brought it up, let’s start with the thing everyone loves: Food.

What’s great around here?

The area has really evolved – and restaurants are a big part of that evolution. There's El Vez, a wonderful Mexican place. They've redone the waterfront, which has brought a lot into the community: It's made it more of a destination.

And The Conrad Hotel – which was once an Embassy Suites – that’s been completely redone. It’s beautiful – their lobby is a beautifully designed space and even a great place to go and read a book.

It’s also home to one of the best places for drinks: The Loopy Doopy, which is at the top of the Conrad Hotel. They have Popsicles and champagne: The Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail. I see it all over Instagram! People come from all over the city to go there.

[caption id="attachment_1698" align="alignnone" width="300"]The Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail - Photo by Cityquicker.com (on Twitter) The Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail - Photo by Cityquicker.com (on Twitter)[/caption]

And they have Prosecco on tap, which is really cool.

It's a really beautiful, little rooftop bar. The views are amazing, overlooking the Hudson River.

What’s so great about Shake Shack. I haven’t been yet. What am I missing out on?

Their burgers and fries! Their Portobello mushroom burger is pretty good, too. It's a nice treat. I think any New Yorker would say that.

Now I want to go there for lunch.

It’s so good - their fries are amazing and their chocolate peanut butter shakes aren’t bad either!

What is another of your top food picks?

El Vez is delicious – and has great guacamole. Their blood orange margaritas are really tasty, too. But with the guacamole, ask for their Bazooka Guacamole.

So it’s not made with Bazooka gum, that hard bubble gum that comes wrapped in a lame comic .

No, thankfully - just called Bazooka. It has pistachios, toasted garlic and goat cheese crumpled on top.

They also have a burrito bar next door which is their own, high-end version of Chipotle!

That really is the perfect insider's scoop!

Also Hudson Eats is at Brookfield Place. It has so many food options: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Sprinkles Cupcakes are really yummy.

There's a ton of options: It can be a hard decision to make.

What about coffee shops? Being properly caffeinated is essential in the city.

Lots of good ones - but Francois Payard Bakery is one of the best. They have one in Soho, and they opened their second location down here, a few years ago.

[caption id="attachment_1701" align="alignnone" width="300"]Mousse Cake at Francois Payard Bakery Mousse Cake at Francois Payard Bakery - via FPB's Instagram[/caption]

You can also get Blue Bottle Coffee in Hudson Eats or go to the new Starbucks Reserve Bar in Brookfield Place.

I hear “bakery” and I’m already sold. But tell me more.

They have really delicious croissants, and ice cappuccinos, and they also have great macaroons.

It's very close to Shake Shack.

Ah, we come back to Shake Shack. All roads lead to Shake Shack!