Mess Around Downtown: August 2, 2010

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Welcome back to Mess Around Downtown!

It’s been a hot and busy summer down here in good ol’ Lower Manhattan.   But have no fear: the fun and sun continue on with all of the River to River Festival events. So turn off your grill, let one of the fine establishments below cook you a burger, and go see some art. Read on to learn about the new Downtown businesses that have opened in the past couple of weeks. You can find anything you need with our handy Downtown Directory. And don’t be afraid to email me at tre@downtownny.com. Thanks.

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BLT Bar & Grill123 Washington Street: 646.826.8666

The W’s much-anticipated, two-story restaurant is open for eating. The walls are literally a work of art. Through the dim filaments of  hanging antique lanterns, the hand-painted mural will catch your eye as it subtly spirals through the verticality of the space. But the walls aren’t the only delectable option. It’s the burgers, pastas, pizza, and waffles you’ll want to take in. For breakfast, have a “Downtown” Burrito filled with cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, peppers, and salsa. Lunch on the BLT Burger with double-smoked bacon, aged cheddar, and fries. And for dinner, there’s pizza that incorporates cream and bacon! Not done yet? Enjoy a Key Lime Pavlova for dessert. Eat here.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries – 112 Fulton Street: 212.385.4458

Get your made-to-order, hot-and-juicy burgers here! I’m pretty sure Five Guys needs no introduction to all of you meat-loving Americans down here. Even the President can’t resist these 100% fresh beef  burgers. Enjoy.

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Le Pain Quotidien – 2 River Terrace: 212.227.2300

Baked goods abound these days in Battery Park City thanks to this new bakery, which opened last week. Outdoor seating is plentiful. And, to go along with the smell of fresh-baked bread, free Wi-Fi also fills the air. It’s a pleasant and comfy spot near the water to gnosh, caffeinate, and compute.

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Holiday Inn Express – 126 Water Street: 212.747.9222

Coming to visit Lower Manhattan? Stay at this brand new hotel located near all of the Downtown action. Live Downtown? Your relatives can stay here when visiting.

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Alba Cleaners – 140 Nassau Street: 212.608.0111

Drop off your dry cleaning or get your items tailored at this friendly new store. Open daily 7am-7:30pm.

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Vacancy Alert

– Samuel’s Hats at 74 Nassau Street has closed.

metro PCS at 99 Nassau Street has closed.

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As always, thank you for being on the lookout and please continue to send any changes you come across to tre@downtownny.com