The maroon awning outside Five Points Restaurant hides one of downtown's hidden gems -- an American-Mediterranean gastro-haven whose menu changes seasonally, according to what chef-owner Marc Meyer can find is freshest at the market. The fall menu offers fire-roasted Maine razor clams, wood oven roasted Montauk squid, and Hudson Valley Duck Breast, a testament to why it's good to eat local food. At brunch, Five Points features sweet treats of lemon-ricotta pancakes, dulce de leche french toast, and then eggs rancheros from the wood oven as a savory specialty. With a small, meditative brook running down the center of the restaurant, a space accentuated by an abundance of natural wood and natural light, Gothamist suggests sitting down with a glass of wine, some good bread, and a plate of fire-roasted clams, as a relaxing way to reap the fruits of fall.
Five Points Restaurant is located at 31 Great Jones Street (between Lafayette & Bowery). (212) 253-5700.