Tribeca brings three things to mind: cobblestone streets, chic converted lofts and hip restaurants. Hang with the cool kids and head for one of our favourite local eateries when you’re next in town.
Equipped with a mouthwatering “cake-pole” as a nod to the café’s previous tenant, Harmony Burlesque, Baked Tribeca is not your common coffee house. Chocolate and sweet curry cookies, pumpkin whoopee pies, and chocolate Coca-Cola® cakes round out the café’s menu of off-beat offerings. Endorsed by Goop, Bon Appetít, and Oprah herself, Baked Tribeca deserves a spot on any dessert lover’s New York itinerary.
From charmingly mismatched plateware to communal tables to generous portions of wholesome dishes, everything about Maman Tribeca gives the impression of dining in someone’s home. Specializing in “family-inspired recipes” hailing from the south of France, the spot serves soft-boiled eggs, market veggie-filled quiches, croque mamans made with truffle béchamel, and more. When the café does decide to venture from tradition, creative concoctions such as lavender hot chocolate and deconstructed avocado toast don’t disappoint.
Squeezed into a three-story TriBeCa townhouse that dates back to 1810, Tiny’s exudes a wonderful warmth and coziness thanks to brick walls, tin ceilings and custom banquettes. On the first floor, there’s a bar and back dining room, replete with a wood-burning fireplace; upstairs houses more seats, filled with guests sipping negronis and bourbon on the rocks.
You’ll have to pack yourself into Smith and Mills to snag a seat at the bar or the white banquettes. After all, the place is undeniably small: it used to be a carriage house, but these days it’s been repurposed as a bar and restaurant. The bartenders can quickly stir together an Aperol spritz or a Pimm’s cup brightened with lime juice and mint, or you can choose from a small selection of beer and wine. If you’re hungry, spring for a charcuterie or cheese plate, or pop back some East Coast oysters.