Battery Gardens
Battery Gardens

Battery Gardens

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.batterygardens.com/restaurant.html
  • Phone: (212) 809-5508 ext. 1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9:00pm & Sunday 11:30am - 3pm. Beer Garden open daily (weather permitting) starting at 11:30am.

    Based on the event schedule; Lunch or Dinner may be served in an alternate dining room. A member of the management team will notify reservations if effected.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Ari Nieminen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: SOCIAL:
    From intimate to extravagant, traditional to unexpected; we are dedicated to creating your ideal wedding and reception. Battery Gardens invites you into its elegantly appointed functions rooms which represent the special tradition of Manhattan's elegance and beauty. All of our catered affairs are custom designed to meet your every need and expectation. Contact our experienced professionals to plan your special day.
  • Special Events: CORPORATE:
    Whether it's a cocktail party with exotic passed hors d'ouvres, a food station buffet or a plated event, the chef and his staff will insure both the food and presentation are exquisite. You can select from one of Chef Ari Nieminen's special event menus or the chef can customize a menu to fit your specific needs and desires.
    For smaller, more intimate gatherings our garden suite may be the perfect alternative. A private dining room with a large outdoor patio, set in Battery Parl, the Garden Suite can accommodate up to 60 people.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By Subway

    N/R to Whitehall

    1 to South Ferry

    4/5 to Bowling Green
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Quick Park Parking Lot

    Corner of Whitehall Street & South Street
A word from Battery Gardens
Battery Gardens Restaurant is a beautiful waterfront facility that offers panoramic views of New York Harbor, the statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more. Featuring two outdoor patio areas and a wood burning fireplace this is the ultimate waterfront facility in Manhattan. The menu is contemporary American/Continental cuisine with Asian-Fusion elements which reflects New York's diversity.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Battery Gardens reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (29)great for outdoor dining (26)great for lunch (12)special occasion (11)romantic (10)great for brunch (5)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants! If you are looking to have a beautiful lunch, an amazing dinner, or host an event..you have come to the right place. Lamb osso buco delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice lunch
    onecog
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We came for Saturday lunch. It was very quiet and really nice. The staff was very accommodating and attentive. The food was excellent! Great view of the river and the ferries going across to The Statue of Liberty!! Not cheap but worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Battery Garden Review
    sooga92
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Restaurant is simply amazing. The food, atmosphere, wait staff, and view was unbeatable. The best part of it all is the owner Paul. No one is better than him!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    Alan
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The views at this restaurant are among the best in the city. Simply fantastic view for a business lunch. However the food has declined in quality significantly. This is evident from the rather small attendance by other guests.I hope the food improves soon or this restaurant will not be around.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing view!
    lvbks40
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we had to eat outside because a wedding was underway! Not a problem as you go there for the view of the ny harbor and the Statue of Liberty. It was a perfect clear evening so especially lovely outdoors. The food was good though not exceptional. Small menu but wide range from pizza to small plates to burger to full entree which is another reason for my original selection of these restaurant. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • funtoshare
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very enjoyable last minute find. Bread was stale(acknowledged by waiter). However, brought fresh bread, but not until requested. Good food. Great salad that we shared. It was a beautiful evening, so hard not to enjoy. Rating is because staff was not as attentive as would expect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs upgrade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Beautiful spot -- very tired decor, design...one of the best spots in Manhattan deserves more attention, investment. The outdoor section was not full on a beautiful September evening--on Friday! We left -- why sit alone?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Clearly a tourist or event venue. Nice terrace. the dining room had an unpleasant odor - would not have stayed if outdoor seating was not available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch on the run
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had one day in NYC and tried to jam as much in as possible. We had tickets for the Statue of Liberty and a set time for the top of the rock. It was a day outing for our two grand children who had never been to NYC. We ran in and had to be out in a half hour. The restaurant was lovely. The staff was understanding and got our food out as quickly as possible. It is a white table cloth restaurant with wonderful food and outstanding service. Everything is delicious and it is in Battery Park so walking distance to the boats to the Statue. I would love to return with more time. The view is wonderful and the glass wall looking toward Lady Liberty works perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nive view
    Isabelle
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was Ok; service was prompt. Go there for the view...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • View is great
    LarInPhilly
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ate at Battery Gardens on the terrace on a Saturday evening about 7 - 8:30 p.m. The food was good. The service attentive without being overly present. The prices are reasonable. But the reason we ate there was for the view which is quite good with the boats on the river, the Statue of Liberty across the water and we were rewarded with a very nice sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic Lunch Spot
    Suburbians
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Two of us had lunch here. We ordered the leek and bacon pizza and whole grain medley salad. The presentation was nice for both entrees, especially liked the Pansy flower petals on top of the pizza. Portions were good, enough for the both of us. The pizza could have used more ingredients, lacked on cheese and too many forkfuls of plain crust. The service was fair but the bus girl could have been more attentive in bringing water, especially when that's all you are drinking should be monitored closely. The location overlooks the water and is ideal if you're planning on doing a boat cruise.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My First and LAST time at this spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Granted, the view is lovely as long as you are not seeing it through the spotted and dirty plexiglass divider on the upper patio. The decor is truly weathered (stained and torn chair covers, dirty globe lanterns) While our waiter was pleasant, it took 50 minutes for two appetizers to make it out to our table. ( The restaurant was half empty, as a side note) The goat cheese salad was nice, but the pizza was room-temperature at best! Our entrees were brought out while we were still eating our first course. I had them take it back to the kitchen, and upon it's return, my filet mignon was no longer hot. Tasteless side dish, too! Overpriced and very disappointing! I do not ( and will not) recommend nor will I return!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    When my fiancé and I entered the restaurant it was quite a view to behold. Without a doubt one of the most romantic restaurants in New York. The food did not disappoint. The service, however, could have been better. Our server ignored us and even waited on a table that was sat 15 minutes after us before we were even greeted. I had to complain to the maître d' to be served. Other than our first initial moments of service our experience was wonderful and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 403 reviews are from the Battery Gardens reviews archive.
  • Attention to Detail
    jipsVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've come here many times and each time I am never disappointing. Many restaurants who have such a striking view let food quality and service suffer, but not here. From Jenny the maitre d to waiters like Caleb, they are attentive and provide wonderful service. The food is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great view, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    While you get a great view of the harbor, the food is not on par. My red sangria was watered down. The pasta bolognese was underseasoned. The service is extremely slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rating based on reservation policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I made a reservation that included out of town guests days in advance. As we were traveling to the city, Battery Gardens called to say they were moving our reservations to outside. That was unacceptable as the weather was very hot, rain was forecast and our guests were elderly. Turns out that the indoor restaurant had been booked for a private party! The hostess explained that internal communications were sometimes a problem. The last minute cancellation was a major problem and embarrassment for us and our guests. Instead of dinner we had to sit in the nearby ferry terminal to escape the heat (it was air conditioned). Why the last minute notification that our reservation was a problem? Very unprofessional handling of reservations.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • With a view like this,
    GeneKellyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    but it was well worth eating anyway. My table enjoyed the small plate of mussels, the monkfish, the crabcake. But the scene on the promenade, the traffic on the water, the Statue of Liberty as the sun went down on a hazy evening are all unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and it was my first visit and was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, there is a lot of construction, but once inside you don't really notice it. The service was extremely slow despite the fact that there were few tables, but again, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and had a nice evening with friends. The space is fantastic for an event and left me wanting to come up with a party idea, so I can have it there. Definitely a hidden gem and i will definitely return for dinner or as host of a party!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic View
    HonoraryNewYorker
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My favorite place to go when I am in NY during the summer to sit outside and enjoy the sunset. Food is great and the view is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wait staff accommodating
    Dccraig
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wait-staff was not chatty, and shouldn't be, which I appreciated, and they graciously obliged a request to make the dessert for the birthday guest special, adding a candle and singing "Happy Birthday," which I did appreciate. The view from our table was killer, and the sunset was picture perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lilly Dale
    LillyDale
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Outstanding view! Excellent service. Quality food; however, I chose Tap water which was refilled often but was not cold (on a very humid night)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view...Great Pizza
    Jim1952VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Pricey but worth every penny with a great view of the Statue of Liberty and great thin crust pizza
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't go.
    Lill
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My experience at Battery Gardens was nothing short of horrible. The food was good but completely overpriced. The service was horrible. No new water was brought to the table. No waiter came by to give us the check until we asked for it one full hour after finishing our meal. Then we were handed a check that was charging us for 3 times the amount of food that we ordered. When we finally got the correct check, the waiter was rude about HIS mistake. We asked for the manager and he said that he was the manager. When we asked a different employee for the manager, a different man (the real manager) came out. All in all, don't go. The food and beautiful view wasn't good enough to make up for the lack of service and the overpricing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very Disappointing
    Easygoingeater
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We arrived and found out we had to order from buffet and with 2 small children we were very displeased. $231.00 for 2 adults and a 3 and 5 year old seemed excessive since we knew the kids would not eat very much. The food on the buffet was not worth the cost and a lot of the food was not replenshished. We did not even have our water glasses refilled and left shortly after arriving. I would not recommend this place other than the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated.
    SarahInThisCity
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We paid paid $150 for two people for a buffet on the 4th of July (incl tax, tip). I didn't have high expectations, being a buffet and being 4th of July. But, it was terrible value for money and I actually felt cheated/ripped off by the experience. Food was so so - edible, but mostly cold and overcooked. Dessert was a joke - some dry cookies, dry brownies etc. Service was equally as terrible, possibly even worse. Waited ages to order drinks, we popped the champagne ourselves, but still paid 20% tip (added on automatically) for the pleasure. Zero ambience. Would not recommend ever, at all, to anyone. If you want a view, make a picnic and sit in the park! You will enjoy that SO much more.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Battery Gardens and History
    OldNewYork
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Very pleasant lunch outside viewing the Statue of Liberty, Harbor Ferries and assorted water happenings. Lunch was excellent although the listed main courses were too heavy (and sparse) for summer lunch. The small plate menu offered excellent choices and we all had two items each which were excellent and more than enough food. We four senior true New Yorkers highly recommend Battery Gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was good, overpriced. Our service was not that great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    stms
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food is average and pricey. On a beautiful day it's a lovely spot. View not great from lower terrace. Upper terrace often used for events and parties so if it's a view you are after check when you reserve
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    MollyB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was excited about eating outdoors along the water on a beautiful day. We were seated promptly, and then ignored. It took nearly 15 minutes for a server to get to us--the place wasn't that busy. No one checked on us, no one brought us braes, and it took a very long too me to flag our server down for the check. A 20% gratuity was included! but you had to read the fine print to find it. The additional tip line was quite prominent, though. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the Gorgeous Views
    crsnycVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I was looking for a special-occasion restaurant and had been to Battery Gardens a couple of times for lavish work-related events. On those occasions--lots of fancy hors d'oeuvres and a raw bar--I thought the food was excellent. And the views are perfect: on the water, sunset over the Statue of Liberty, always lovely. It seemed like a great choice for a birthday celebration. Unfortunately, though the views didn't disappoint, the food did. It wasn't bad, just pedestrian; bland and unimaginative (and quite small portions for the money). The best choice was actually my son's pizza (not my expensive lobster risotto). I'd recommend this restaurant for drinks (especially outdoors), snacks, and views, but not for a fabulous meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I started with the Tomato Basil soup. Good fresh chunks of tomato, but not enough basil for my liking. My wife had the mixed green salad , which was fresh and nicely dressed. I had a Salmon filet which was good size and nicely cooked. Not rare, but not overdone(which was my preference). Served with lentils and tomatoes bits. My wife had steak frites. The steak was rare as ordered and tender. The frites were good and hot, but lacking the advertised truffle oil. The panama cotta with strawberries was very good. The chocolate chip ice cream cookie was tasty, although the cookie was crisp, but it didn't stop me from eating both sandwiches. We ordered from the prix fixe menu which was a good value. The outdoor dining was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    Bobdelande
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It was a great pleasure - weather permitting - to have lunch with some good friends on the terrace while overlooking Liberty Statue, Ellis Island and Governors Island from iconic Battery Park. You're in the midst of movement: people walking and biking the Park, ferryboats landing and departing, sailships passing by, helicopters from all directions, without ever experiencing disturbing noise. Don't expect exceptional culinary miracles, but the food is really good, with excellent ingredients. We will definitely return here with other friends as the occasion occurs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let me know when I book
    Mike
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had dinner about 6PM on Saturday. The food and service was excellent. Unfortunately, a wedding took over the entire restaurant and the upper terrace of the patio. We were seated at the lower terrace level and the view of the harbor was substantially obstructed by a hedge around the terrace. Our waiter told us that this is a normal occurrence on weekends. The terrace is not covered, nor were there any space heaters, so check the weather forecast before you go. Also, when you book, they should give you the location of a garage in the area. Street parking does not exist and many of the area garages close early. The food was great and I would go back- maybe midweek. Hopefully, they will do something about the hedge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Hadn't been here in a while and it was such a pleasant day to eat outside, it reminded me what a gem the restaurant is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    85OnTheRoad
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our wonderful experience started with arriving to an amazing view walking up to the restaurant. The view was stunning with the ferries and boats going by with the Statue of Liberty behind. We were met at the door by the wonderful staff and sat by the window overlooking the view of the Statue of Liberty. We dined late evening and they had a private party earlier however the dining area was clean. From the wine to the appetizers and then the dinner we were extremely pleased with the presentation and quality of the meal. The owner of the restaurant walked through the dining room checking on tables which was an added bonus to the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Spot in New York City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We could not have picked a better place for a wonderful Mother's Day Brunch on a beautiful spring day in Manhattan. Battery Gardens has never disappointed me, my family or friends. The food is excellent, the staff is excellent ant the ambiance is wonderful. We have gone to Battery Gardens for special occasions as well as just a quick bite to eat or cocktails overlooking the Lady in the Harbor!! Owner and host, Paul Nicaj always makes his guests feel welcome. He is a warm and charming host. I recommend this lovely establishment to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful place
    kitty358VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went there yesterday for Mother's day brunch. Excellent food, waiters were very attentive and accommodating with my 10-year old's request. The Filet Mignon melted in my mouth. My only negative thing was more a personal taste, we did not care for the Sno Cone parfait. I would totally recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Part was the View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Food was unremarkable but the view of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty make up for it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended!
    Greg
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Good food, good service, beautiful ambiance, and amazing views. Unfortunately the outdoor patio was not yet open, but I have no negative remarks about dining here. It is pricey but that was to be expected. If its a beatiful day out and your in lower manhattan, I strongly recommend making a stop here.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet