Dine Around Downtown Returns on June 4 With 41 Lower Manhattan Restaurants 

05/23/2024
Dine Around Downtown Returns on June 4 With 41 Lower Manhattan Restaurants 

The Alliance for Downtown New York, Lower Manhattan’s nonprofit business improvement district, will welcome 41 Lower Manhattan restaurants to the 2024 Dine Around Downtown festival, held at Fosun’s landmarked plaza at 28 Liberty St. on Tuesday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event marks the 21st edition of the festival.  Admission is free, with restaurants offering signature menu items ranging from $5 to $9;  beverages are available for purchase as well.

This year’s festival marks the return of award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito as its special guest host. DiSpirito has had an ongoing relationship with the Downtown Alliance since 2020, when he began hosting the virtual “Cooking at Home” series pairing him with local chefs as they demonstrate to viewers how to make their favorite dishes. He just released his latest cookbook, “Everyday Delicious,” and will be signing copies at the event. 

Launched in 1997, Dine Around Downtown has become Lower Manhattan’s premier tasting event. Every year, thousands of local residents, office workers and tourists alike gather at the festival to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich culinary scene. This year’s festival showcases the increasing diversity of downtown’s food options with vendors representing cuisines from India to the coast of Maine to Greek and Chinese delicacies and so much more. Furthermore, this year’s vendors include buzzy recent additions to the neighborhood such as Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson, Best Sicily Bottega and Tin Building by Jean Georges to name a few.  

“Dine Around is the perfect time to sample a few Lower Manhattan restaurants that you’ve been meaning to check out, but haven’t had the chance to visit yet,” Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin said. “This year’s lineup showcases some exciting new additions to downtown’s culinary scene, alongside many neighborhood faves.”

As part of the Alliance’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable Lower Manhattan, Dine Around Downtown is a zero-waste event. Attendees will find composting and recycling stations located throughout the plaza, all of which will be staffed by educators who can advise on proper waste diversion and offer information on other zero-waste programs available in the neighborhood. 

“Dine Around Downtown is a unique tradition that celebrates Lower Manhattan’s dynamic culinary scene,” said Thomas Costanzo, global partner of Fosun and CEO of Four Trees Asset Management. “We are pleased to partner with the Downtown Alliance to bring our community together on Fosun Plaza for yet another fantastic food festival.”

Dine Around Downtown is made possible, in part, by our host sponsor Fosun.