Downtown Manhattan has a reputation of being devoid of any real culinary reverence on the NYC food scene. If you have ever walked around the Financial District or Battery Park, you will see that there are not a ton of restaurants in the area. Most of what you will find are small bodegas or corner stores where the masses get their morning coffee. You will see your share of chain restaurants set up to handle the lunch crowd in the area, but other than that your options are quite limited. On top of that there is also a lack of quality grocery stores in the area. We know we are not painting a great picture of an area that has been trying to revive itself ever since 2001. Unfortunately that is the current state of food scene, or so we thought.
Just this past week we were invited to check out a hidden gem in Battery Park sitting in the shadows of One World Trade Center. Located at 77 Battery Place, sits Battery Place Market (BPM). At first glance it appears to be just another corner store offering little more than a few basic items. Yet, after you step foot inside you come to realize Battery Place Market is one part grocery store, one part gourmet market, and one part something you can’t quite put your finger on. This is all due to their amazing selection of not only the best products from around NYC, but also from across the country and even around the world.
At BPM, you are able to purchase such things as bread from the famous Sullivan Street Bakery, which is delivered daily, and get some of the most unique doughnuts in the city delivered fresh from Dough in Brooklyn. We recommend having the Blood Orange Doughnut. It was light and airy and topped with an intense blood orange glaze that had us believing we had just bit into a fresh blood orange. Are you trying to find that perfect dish for date night? Pick up a package of Lo Scoiattolo Butternut Squash Ravioli and sauté them in a brown butter sage sauce. Imported from Italy, these ravioli are arguably the best raviolis you can buy in America. These are just some of the amazing products available. There are too many to name them all, but the selection at BPM is truly amazing. Click here to see a list of their featured vendors.
If you are just hungry and want to pick up something quick to eat then you are in luck. Battery Place Market also has an assortment of prepared dishes for any meal of the day. Choose from options like Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin, or the local favorite Pan Seared Salmon with lemon, Rosemary and Honey. These dishes are all cooked fresh in house by executive chef Robert Sckalor. Robert has 37 years cooking experience in such places as the Waldorf Astoria, Agata & Valentina, and the Four Seasons. He brings his culinary skills and background to Battery Place Market where he is making breakfast, lunch and dinner with only the finest products. His ingredients include produce and meats that are locally sourced from NYC and the tri-state area; including the Hudson Valley Region.
When the staff at Battery Place Market is not busy creating wonderful dishes they are busy creating a sense of community with their customers. You will be amazed with the warmth and small town charm that Robert and his staff project. While we were in the store we saw numerous customers come in and be welcomed by Robert. It’s the small things like this that makes Battery Place Market special. The addition of this gourmet market had done wonders for the food scene in Battery Park, but the folks at BPM are giving the masses even more to be happy about.
A little over a month ago they opened up a 2nd location in “Goldman Alley” in the Goldman Sachs complex at 240 Murray St. This second location is a bit smaller than 77 Battery Place, but manages to retain all of the same great food and even cultivate some of their own unique charm. The focus for the 240 Murray St location is to provide more of a grab and go food experience. The majority of food is prepared at 77 Battery Place and delivered fresh daily before the lunch crowed rushes in.
BPM is offering a large selection of ready to go sandwiches ranging from Roasted Tuscan Ham, Red Pepper Rustico Cheese, Arugula and Extra Virgin Olive oil on Ciabatta Baguette to Sliced Sirloin Steak, Swiss cheese, Balsamic-Glazed Onions, Black Pepper Aioli on 7 Grain Baguette. You can also build a custom sandwich at the deli counter, which is being run by cheese monger and charcuterie expert Kyle Childress. Kyle is providing customers with a sophisticated selection of cheese and meat that you can’t find at most stores. He also specializes in offering paring suggestions including the proper wine to wash them down. The expertise in the deli section is rivaled only by the vast coffee knowledge coming out of the BPM Espresso Bar.
It is not often you walk into a place to get a cup of coffee and walk out with an education in coffee origins and production. Daniel Kim Shannon, nicknamed Danny Latte is the head Barista and coffee professor at BPM’s Espresso Bar. Danny is not only giving out coffee knowledge to anyone who would like to listen but he is also promoting the newest movement in coffee known as “The Third Wave of Coffee”. The “Third Wave of Coffee” is the name for the current movement in coffee, which focuses on the production of high-quality coffee, and considers coffee as an artisanal product, like wine.
For our education in coffee and our first experience in “The Third Wave of Coffee” Danny chemex'd us a brew of the Guatamala Finca el Injerto Bourbon Peaberry Coffee. This coffee blend is special because it is hand sorted and only available from Sumptown Coffee Roasters. Sumptown, a Portland, Oregon based company won the Bourbon Peaberry blend at auction from Arturo Aguirre and son Arturo Jr. After all of that you are probably wondering what a peaberry is. Well a peaberry occurs when a mutation happens inside the cherry (the fruit produced by coffee trees), and the fruit only bears one seed, not two (these seeds are coffee beans).
After our education was complete we were actually able to taste this coffee. In fairness of full disclosure prior to this we were never huge coffee fans. It was always too bitter for our taste, but this coffee may have changed our life. It had this amazingly sweet flavor, which is due to roasting the beans with chocolate, cantaloupe, and butterscotch that meld gracefully with cherry cordial flavor notes heightened by clove aromatics. The coffee is by no means cheap at $60.00 per 12 oz. bag, but it does however promote the ideals of the “Third Wave of Coffee”.
Besides being one of the most knowledgeable Baristas we have ever met, Danny is also one of the most technically skilled. He regularly competes at events like, Coffee Fest Free Pour Competitions and United States Barista Championships to keep his interest level and abilities on par with the rest of the leading "Third Wave of Coffee" Baristas. If you enjoy coffee we really suggest stopping by and talking to Danny, you will be amazed at what you will learn in just a few minutes.
As you can see Battery Place Market is dedicated to providing customers with the best experience possible. Having a large variety of quality products is nice, but pairing them with an amazing staff is the key. There are very few gourmet markets/stores in all of NYC providing a more knowledgeable staff than BPM. Battery Place Market is setting the bar high not only for stores in Battery Park, but for the entire city.
Battery Place Market is emerging as the leader in cultivating the culinary scene in Battery Park. They are doing so by providing quality food, products and ingredients to the masses. With a focus on customer satisfaction and top notch service it is no surprise Battery Place Market is receiving rave reviews. For us Battery Place Market is a Should Eat and we encourage all of our readers to visit Battery Place Market.
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Battery Place Market
Manhattan, NY: 77 Battery Place > 212.786.0077
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