Malibu Farm restaurant comes to Seaport


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Maggie Smith

The West Coast has made its way to the South Street Seaport. The seventh location of Malibu Farm Restaurant opened its doors on Sept. 4.  Located at 89 South Street on Pier 17, University students can check out the farm-to-table menu without having to travel far from campus. This Southern California inspired restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Malibu Farm prides itself on preparing and serving plates that use fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. While this does mean that some dishes are expensive, there are also some very reasonably priced options. Their menu consists largely of fish and veggie dishes, with several Mexican inspired meals, providing customers with a taste of California.  Malibu Farm is very accommodating when it comes to diet-restriction as they offer a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals.

The restaurant is decorated with a trendy beach vibe, making the atmosphere feel both sophisticated and relaxed. The bar opens up to the pier and provides a view of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The friendly, jovial, and very attentive staff make the environment feel even more welcoming and warm. It’s a convenient and fun option to keep in mind for a date or a fun night with friends. The view of the East River adds extra charm as the beach-inspired meals are enjoyed right on the water.

The founder and chef, Helene Henderson, is passionate about preparing farm-to-table dishes to everyone who walks through the door of Malibu Farm. “We’re cooking for the people, not for our egos,” she tells The New York Times. While the menu is designed and purposed to reflect California, Henderson is originally from Sweden. “I moved to the U.S. from Sweden with only $500 and landed in New York,” she tells Food & Wine. “It feels unbelievable to now open up a restaurant where it all started.” A few popular California-inspired dishes that they serve are cauliflower crust pizzas, acai bowls, spaghetti squash lasagna, and avocado huarache. A kid’s menu is offered as well.

Customers can arrive anytime during their hours of operation, but they also encourage customers to make reservations ahead of time. These can be booked online through their website. They can also bring along their pets to the South Street Seaport location since they serve dog dishes at the bar.

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Malibu Farm sells home goods and apparel, which are available online and in the restaurant. Their six other locations are in cities such as Malibu, Miami, and Tokyo. This is the first and only New York City location of Malibu Farm. To find out more information about this place, University students can visit their website at or follow their Instagram,  @malibufarmnewyork.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; 5 p.m.–9 p.m.