Our Ten Best Tribeca Restaurants
Two decades ago, the food scene in Tribeca felt like an afterthought. Now, the neighborhood is one of the culinary capitals of New York. What gives? Quite a lot, actually. The area received a big boost over the years from local supporter Robert De Niro, as well as veteran chefs Marc Murphy (Landmarc) and Marc Forgione and an influx of loft-dwellers. Today, you may have to navigate your way past strollers and aggressively cuff-linked wrists en route to your table, but you'll be dining at some of the finest establishments in town.
Here's our list of the 10 best restaurants in Tribeca.
Locande Verde It's De Niro's world and we're just living in it. At least, that's what it can feel like at this celebrity-owned restaurant that perpetually packs in beautiful people. But if you can glide through the air-kisses (and manage to score a reservation), you'll remember that the back of the house belongs to Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch, The Library at the Public). The chef describes the food as "family-style," which would be true if your mama pinched together small pillows of agnolotti tender enough to sleep on. The crostini menu rotates seasonally and, if you're lucky, it will feature the decadent truffled-ricotta-and-honey combo. Ignore the breadcrumbs that inevitably shower over your lap and instead soak up the atmosphere (along with some velvety olive oil). 377 Greenwich St. New York, NY 10013 212-925-3797.
Bubby's The plaster cow residing outside this area favorite says it all: Bubby's is casual, charming, and (almost always) packed with a gaggle of kids growing up in the restaurant's zip code. The kitchen turns out homey plates during lunch and dinner -- a sprawling slow-poached tuna Niçoise; a tender lamb-meatball sub with homemade ricotta -- but breakfast foods are really its jam. The sourdough pancakes (made with a starter dating back to 1890) serve as a nice table entree for those who must order eggs before noon. You'll also want a side of homemade Philly-style scrapple, a spicy, pork-fueled nod to the city of brotherly love in an already family-friendly restaurant. 120 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013 212-219-0666
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Kutsher's Tribeca Forget what your grandparents will say about the ramshackle Catskill hideaway they may have visited generations ago. Although this restaurant shares the same name and family owners, Kutsher's Tribeca is merely riffing on the summer-camp-like kitsch of its older location (you can order a 'bug juice' cocktail made with grapefruit bitters and frozen-punch ice cubes). The "modern Jewish-American" restaurant mixes family recipes ("Mrs. K's matzo-ball" soup is an almost-sweet dill-flecked consommé) with much more elevated dishes (the gefilte fish is made from wild halibut and free of the traditional jellied exterior). The spacious dining room is flooded with latke-seeking young families and JDaters on the prowl. But it won't take four questions to answer why this restaurant is constantly packed: the food is comforting and the service is warm -- summer camp never tasted this good.
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186 Franklin St., Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013 212-431-0606
The Odeon Slink into a booth at this original Tribeca hotspot and ignore the still-impressive crowds that the joint ushers in nightly (you're too cool to notice anyway, right?). Once home to a glittery 1980s art crowd, the restaurant now caters to those who powder their faces instead of just their noses. But unrepentant partiers can still stave off future hangovers than by cracking through the gruyere ceiling on a bowl of French onion soup and soaking up its wafting steam. Other brasserie staples still deliver -- a New York strip steak, dabbed with garlic butter and served with a mound of snappy fries; a grilled trout almondine so delicate and moist you'll wonder why it's not copied on every menu in town -- but a decent meal could also be fashioned out of a heal of crusty bread and a few olives plucked from the belly of your martini glass. 145 W. Broadway New York, NY 10013 212-233-0507