Things To Do And See In NYC's Tribeca

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Henna Choudhary

Tribeca, one of New York City‘s original residential neighborhoods dating back to the 1700s, has since transformed into an industrial and commercial hub, attracting a wide range of families, emerging artists, and even celebrities to enjoy its countless amenities. The downtown neighborhood’s lively bars, lounges, and fine-dining venues are highly frequented as well as its many galleries, museums, and cultural centers, which offer a balance of education and pleasure for local residents and tourists.

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Takahachi Bakery

Takahachi Bakery, a Japanese eatery, is located in the heart of Tribeca and offers all sorts of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, with a penchant for foreign delicacies. Orange and cranberry scones, miso almond cookies, black sesame macaroons, olive rye wasabi buns, and chocolate French baguettes place a creative, tasty spin on classic pastries! Kashipan, souzaipan, and shokupan are breads stuffed and topped with all manner of toppings, including more traditional options like lemon, banana custard, black sesame, multigrain cream pan, and peanut butter crunch, plus more daring choices like beef curry yaki, Hawaiian pizza, rabbit, and edamame with cheese! For those wishing to indulge in a more filling meal, hot and cold sandwiches as well as appetizers and salads are also freshly prepared and served on the premises.

Brandy Library

Brandy Library, New York

Brandy Library is the ideal bar and lounge to head to after a long, tiresome workday to spend a well-deserved evening of wining and dining, with a wide array of specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from which to choose. From malai tikka, spicy tuna rolls, crème brûlée, guacamole-filled puffs, filet mignon and éclairs au dulce de leche to brandies, whiskies, and rums, Brandy Library serves to quench your thirst and satiate you hunger with only the best drinks and dishes in the city. Brandy Library also boasts its own Spirit Sommeliers who work behind the counter and help diners choose the perfect beverage to delight their taste buds while explaining the history and craftsmanship behind the flavors of the drink. True to its name, this bar and lounge also houses an extensive library of books, which broach on all topics related to your favorite wine and spirits.

The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop is all about mysteries

For bookworms and literature and mystery lovers alike, The Mysterious Bookshop is a diamond in the rough hidden amongst Tribeca’s many bars, lounges, and lively eateries. Stocked floor-to-ceiling with a superb selection of new mystery hardcovers, paperbacks and periodicals as well as old mystery classics, the shop carries signed modern first editions, rare and collectable hardcovers and Sherlockiana as well. Visitors may wander through the aisles, browse the shelves, and purchase a read, and for those who are particularly enthusiastic mystery enthusiasts, The Mysterious Bookshop is home to seven book clubs, including the original Crime Collectors Club for bestsellers, first mysteries, traditional and historical, hardboiled and noir, British imports, and thriller and espionage novels, as well as the Unclassifiable Club, which includes books that focus primarily on literature rather than the mystery aspect.

Shake Rattle and Roll Pianos

Dueling Pianos first came into being in the bars of New Orleans in the 1930s, and the entertainment trend quickly spread across the nation. Shake Rattle and Roll Pianos provides a home for this high-energy musical performance in the Big Apple, with a rock-and-roll party where the guests choose the tunes! From Billy Joel to Bon Jovi to Britney Spears to Biz Markie, this comedy and cabaret act promises laughs, sing-alongs, and a jam-packed dance floor. So grab some dinner and drinks, then head on over to the Dueling Pianos for an evening of interactive onstage games between performers and guests, solo dances, and musical requests!

A.B. Biagi

Located in Nolita, A.B. Biagi brings the flavors of Brazil to New York City with gelatos and sorbets as well as coffees and teas for the colder months. Antonio Barros Biagi, the owner of the shop, hails from rural Brazil where his Italian family adapted their gelato recipes to their surrounding environment by utilizing local fruits and lower fat milk to create light, frozen treats to beat the scorching heat of the tropical land. At A.B. Biagi, gelatos and sorbets are offered in all kinds of mouthwatering flavors, including lime, strawberry, chocolate with Tonka, pistachio, lemon, peanut butter, hazelnut, fior latte, and acai. Made with farm fresh milk from upstate New York and organic sugar from Brazil, the gelato is made right in front of customers in a traditional vertical batch freezer never before seen in New York City.

Poets House

Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and all visitors to attend readings, conversations, workshops, and classes and to enjoy and appreciate one of literature’s favorite genres. Poets House annually presents a wide array of public programs, including seminars, performances, and even walking tours featuring poets hailing from all across the globe — this gives visitors the opportunity to cherish works from all different cultures and nations. Their signature program series, otherwise known as Passwords, focuses on one particular poet’s close exploration and enthusiasm for another’s work, which in turn offers a brand new perspective in a refreshing, intriguing manner of analyzing poetic masterpieces. The exhibitions presented at the library are ever-changing, and Poets House is currently featuring the works of painter and book cover designer Trevor Winkfield whose portraits and drawings span a 30-year time period and who has connections to reputable poets such as Harry Mathews, Larry Fagin, Charles North, Barbara Guest, and Miles Champion.

Mulberry & Vine

Serving as a haven for New York City’s health conscious foodies, Mulberry & Vine brings the freshest ingredients and international dishes to Tribeca in the shape of this cozy bi-level café. Vegetarian dishes range from flavorful roasted sweet potatoes and kale salad to Moroccan quinoa and charred avocado, while meat eaters rejoice in the café’s scrumptious turkey and white bean chili and Mediterranean braised chicken. For those wishing to pick up a quick snack for the road, gluten-free brownie bites, muffins, and cookies are the perfect snack as they vary in unique assortments, ranging from banana chocolate chip to zucchini loaf to turmeric blueberry, and are absolutely delicious when paired with a Tahitian green iced tea or turmeric jalapeño lemonade!

Poster Museum

This narrow gallery is teeming with thousands of vintage posters and prints from around the world, dating back to 1870 all the way up to present-day findings. The Poster Museum has been retailing and purchasing its impressive collection of posters for over four decades within a space of over 12,600 square feet. Other artifacts discovered and collected by the owner and founder, Philip Williams, include advertising ephemera, Maître de l’Affiche, poster books, and more than 2,000 original paintings and sculptures, originating mostly from Southern artists. Visitors are welcome to step foot into the jaw-dropping gallery and enjoy the art of linen backing, conservation, and restoration as well as all types of poster genres, such as USA WWI, Andy Warhol, Tour de France, Women and War, and The Chinese Nianhua.

Pier 25

Complete with an 18-hole miniature golf course, snack bar, sand volleyball courts, children’s playground, town dock and small boat moorings, Pier 25, Hudson River Park’s longest pier, unfailingly draws both children and adults as well as tourists and locals during all seasons of the year. The newly rebuilt playground is any hyperactive child’s dream, as it is filled with all kinds of gleaming play equipment, including climbing walls and a water feature that can be enjoy by all. As the kids romp and chase one another around the playground facilities, teenagers and young adults can be found zipping and zooming by on the nearby skate park or launching a football on one of the large expanses of fresh green lawn while the adults lounge about on picnic blankets, enjoying the gorgeous riverside view.

Brushstroke

Featuring a wood-paneled dining area and serving amazing multi-course Japanese meals prepared by renowned chef David Bouley, Brushstroke has a wildly popular reputation. Run by David Bouley and Japan’s high-achieving culinary school known as the Tsuji Culinary Institute, Brushstroke happens to be the only restaurant on the continent that offers two Michelin-starred kitchens within the same building. This restaurant offers a contemporary spin on traditional kaiseki cuisine, which changes seasonally and offers a fresh and lasting impact on the palate. The autumn menu consists of autumn sakizuke canapés (made of Scottish langoustine and heirloom tomato salad, smoked salmon with tofu sour cream, jamon Iberico plus dashi gelée and soba seed) and kabocha and butternut squash soup, which contains golden crab, king oyster mushroom, and yuzu-tofu foam.

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