Tribeca, a slice of New York City whose name is a portmanteau for “Triangle Below Canal Street,” is a haven for creatives to perfect each and every art form—including culinary art. The restaurants below display masterpieces, dish after dish.
Cozy, rustic, and warm, Terra Tribeca glows with authentic Italian charm. The exposed brick walls, lined with bottle after bottle of wine, look like a library filled with books to complement every palate. There’s a wonderful assortment of small meat and cheese plates. They are served up on wooden tables or tile countertops that make you feel just like you’re in grandma’s kitchen. The pasta is always al dente and arrives quickly after placing your order with the knowledgeable wait staff. After dinner, try the decadent crème brûlée—the best in Tribeca.
Sarabeth’s is located in the landmark Bazzini building on the corner of Greenwich Street and Jay Street. It is known for its chic country club vibe. The dining room is elegant and spacious, with huge, bright paintings hung for a fresh atmosphere. Order the “Goldie Lox” during Sarabeth’s famous homestyle weekend brunch for the breakfast version of the classic cream cheese and lox combo (Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 4pm).
If you want a performing arts experience as a side to your dinner entrée, look no further than Ninja New York. The layout is designed to depict a feudal ninja village, complete with winding walkways and a dark, mysterious ambiance. Each server plays two parts: providing exceptional attention to your dining experience, as well as acting as your own personal “ninja”—costume included. Order anything on the menu with a ninja star next to it for a fun surprise when your food arrives.
At first look, The Odeon looks like the standard retro diner. Step inside, however, and you’ll discover what feels like art deco style meets a French brasserie. The menu is broad and well-stocked with French-inspired American cuisine. The bartenders are all well-versed in talking about how they prepare drinks. Go ahead and order however you like—with a twist, on the rocks, top shelf and dirty—they’ll get it right, every time. The tuna burger is a consistent favorite among regulars, served with a side of their perfectly seasoned fries.
Named after a variety of thyme that grows wild in Tuscany is Pepolino. This place serves dishes that are prepared tastefully with flavorful herbs that bring out the best of the natural flavors in every bite. Indeed, the chefs at Pepolino have perfected quintessential Italian meals seasoned artfully to taste, as owners Partizio Siddu and Enzo Pezone were trained in culinary arts in Florence and Naples, respectively. The fettuccine with clams is a fresh, light favorite, and the rich pear ricotta tart is lovely for the finish. If the weather is nice, sitting out on the airy balcony is the perfect place to enjoy your meal and the beauty that is New York City.
Countryside fare for city folks can be found at Bubby’s Tribeca, where the beloved homestead feeling transports you far away from the bustle of the city beat. Just as in the beginning when it started out as a wholesale pie company, Bubby’s has maintained dedication to cooking everything from scratch. This includes curing and smoking all meats in-house and rolling every pie by hand. It also holds true to the delightful country character, complete with high ceilings made from wooden beams – just like being out back at the barn. Head out to Bubby’s for midnight brunch Tuesday through Sunday, and grab a slice of the sweet and tart homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.
Edward’s is the epitome of Tribeca cool. The menu is filled with simple and classic American continental bistro choices, and the vibe is laidback with no frills. The casual dining experience at Edward’s is great for families, especially those with young children, and the servers are very accommodating, rarely up-charging for tweaking your order. The huevos rancheros (“rancher’s eggs”) is a delicious everyday choice, and Edward’s offers half-price wine bottles every Wednesday night.
Visit Gigino Trattoria for the beautiful views of New York harbor, and enjoy the outdoor patio when weather permits. The menu at Gigino is extensive and detailed, giving the impression of a curator’s collection of Italian eats. The dining experience here has fresh seasonal vegetables, seafood, and game for a taste reminiscent of Mediterranean port cities and Italian villages. Enjoy one of the famous thin-crust pizzas, which delicately straddles the line separating Italian expertise and the New York standard.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, British, $$$
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One peek inside Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs, and you’ll know exactly how it got its name. Tucked between two notably larger buildings, this quaint three-storey townhouse serves up modern American cuisine with Southern and French influences. The tin ceilings, salvaged wood paneling throughout, and hand-made tile speak to lovers of all things vintage. Enjoy your time at Tiny’s in the back dining room, where you’ll find a wood-burning fireplaces that casts a warm glow onto the dimly lit space. It is especially welcoming and romantic during cold New York winters.
This bright, buzzing cafe sits right next to Terra and is a hidden culinary gem disguised as a coffee shop. You’ll go in for the classic cold-brewed iced coffee, and you’ll stay once you catch a whiff coming from the kitchen. The sandwiches, soups, and salads are light, with an emphasis on vegetables delicately cooked and paired with greens and grains. Enjoy the avocado feta toast or cauliflower tahini sandwich while you catch up with friends or work at one of Gotan’s ample, spacious wooden tables. Grab an oatmeal flax cookie for the road if you like the idea of a cookie that tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.