"A tourist destination, mostly"
Every tourist should take at least one jaunt down to the south side of Manhattan. Whether you're hitting up the nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum, with its testament to the stories of thousands of hopeful immigrants arriving in search of the American dream, of walking through Battery Park, this part of the city represents the real "old New York" that seems sometimes to have been swallowed up in the metropolis. The area is well-served by public transport, including the Staten Island Ferry (itself a prime New York City tourist destination, and one not well-enough appreciated), but it's far from residential: the street consists mostly of chrome-and-glass office buildings and plenty of quick-n'-cheap dining options (Dunkin' Donuts, Au Bon Pain, etc.) Fraunces Tavern is the only place of note nearby, and that's known for its historic pedigree (where Washington said goodbye to the troops) more than for its culinary fare. But tourists should be pleased by the wealth of historical sites in the area, and as far as office-streets go, its a perfectly pleasant place to work! Just wear a scarf in winter: the water renders this area very cold indeed!