Here are some things you'll find in Tribeca: baby clothing stores, the fire station where they shot Ghostbusters, some dude with very well-manicured facial hair. You'll also find some great places to eat. While there are several tasting menu/special occasion spots, we're focusing mostly on restaurants you might go to on a more regular basis here.
Ask many people what the best/their favorite restaurant in the area is, and they'll probably say Locanda Verde. The Italian food here is still excellent, and the vibe is still great. You'll probably/definitely see a celebrity.
Another high-end spot that's still doing turning out great food after several years, the brick-walled space at Marc Forgione is ideal for a special-but-not-too-fancy occasion.
There are plenty of reasons we could really dislike Nobu. It's basically a big franchise now, and WTF is that fake tree in the middle of the room? But the truth is, a million spicy tuna with crispy rices later, Nobu is still pretty great.
Racines is the New York version of a beloved wine bar in Paris, but don't let the term "wine bar" make you think this is a place you end up on a bad Tinder date with a guy who saw a Groupon for a place that serves Pinot Grigio. While there's a large bar (where you can sit and drink some excellent wine) Racines is actually very much a full-on (and not inexpensive) restaurant that happens to serve some of the best food around. This is a "nice date night" home run.
Is your mom coming to visit and would like to sit in a very comfortable booth? Do you work in Battery Park and have to plan a fancy breakfast meeting? Are you simply eating with someone who would be really excited by the idea of eating Beetroot Tartare With Smoked Trout Roe? In all of these situations, Little Park is perfect. The menu is awesome for vegetarians, but also works well if someone wants to eat a lamb porterhouse. Something for everyone.
Terroir used to be a chain of wine bars, but Tribeca and a seasonal High Line location are the only ones left. That's a shame, because this is a great spot. The food is better than it needs to be (get the meatballs) and the whole place is incredibly friendly and unpretentious.
Have a situation in which you need to eat steak in a place the size of a Costco, but below Canal Street? It could happen to you! Do it at American Cut, also owned by Marc Forgione and serving a surprisingly good menu of steak and other things, in a large and accommodating space.
Gotan is your one-stop shop for eating, meeting, and working. There's WiFi, plus really good breakfast and lunch food - mostly sandwiches and salads with a slight Mediterranean twist.
Belle Reve is a restaurant, bar, and place where weird things occasionally happen. And by weird we mean, there's a good chance you could walk in here on a Wednesday night at 10pm and find a bunch of people in their 50s dancing on tables. There's also a good chance you could walk in here at the same time and find a bunch of CitiBank employees casually hanging out. You never know at Belle Reve. The food also happens to be surprisingly good, so if you're looking for a casual spot to mostly drink and eat some stuff that isn't bar food, head to Belle Reve.
Located in a carriage house right across from Locanda Verde, Smith & Mills is an extremely cool little bar/restaurant that looks like the inspiration for a Restoration Hardware catalog. They serve lunch every day, and dinner until 2am. If you go, use the bathroom. Just trust us.
Not much to see here other than: bagels and salmon. This is a casual takeout spot serving the kind of food that will get you through a rough morning.
Edward's is not the MVP of anything, but it's one of Tribeca's utility spots: a bistro that's useful for a casual weeknight dinner, or a brunch where you likely won't have to wait. We recommend the burger, fish tacos, and the grilled salmon.
A big, juicy tavern burger and a beer are the reasons you come to Walker's. There are sports on TV, too.
Your fairly affordable, but still high-quality neighborhood sushi place. And although they're not on Seamless or other sites, they do deliver. You just have to pick up the phone.
There's a Tribeca outpost of Sushi Of Gari, and while it's not our favorite outpost (the room feels a little cramped and sterile), the sushi remains top notch. There are some special occasion sushi spots in the neighborhood, and if you splurge on the omakase, Gari can be one of them. But it's also possible to order a la carte and get out with a more reasonable check.
Puffy's Tavern is very much a bar - a friendly dive, basically - but we need to point it out because they serve fantastic Alidoro Italian sandwiches until 5pm. As many times as we announce this information, no one seems to notice. Just go.
We do our best to never use the term "tucked away" when talking about dining establishments, because the kind of thing we can't imagine ever saying in real life. But Arcade Bakery truly is TUCKED AWAY, in the back of a nondescript office building on Church Street. Inside, you'll find incredible breads and croissants, plus small pizzas and sandwiches at lunchtime. Note that it's only open on weekdays.
I once confused Bright Lights Big City with another book, and some guy made me feel really dumb about it. Anyway, Bright Lights Big City is the one where everyone does a lot of cocaine in the basement of The Odeon. You (probably) won't find any artists and book publishers doing drugs here anymore, but it's still a legendary spot that's at the very least, a fun place to drink a martini and eat some oysters.
If you're familiar with Aria in the West Village, Terra has essentially the same menu of Italian small plates. You can always get in, and it's a useful place for a light dinner or Saturday afternoon glass of wine.
A surprisingly lively, surprisingly sort of elegant Greek restaurant that has a Michelin star, but doesn't get all that much attention, perhaps because it's located in a very quiet area by the river. The crowd ranges from banker-y to middle age-y to groups of blonde girls-y. Either way, the food is very good, and it's a nice location for a date night or a group dinner.
As far as we can tell, Saluggi's is the only place around to get a quality takeout slice of pizza. There are plenty of dollar slice places on Broadway, but they're all pretty awful, and this is the real deal. There are also plenty of booths, and it's a pretty pleasant place to sit. Salads, pastas, and sandwiches are available too. It feels sort of like a casual suburban Italian restaurant where you would have eaten with your middle school soccer team, and we mean that in a great way.
A healthy fast casual-ish place with different protein and vegetable options, Mulberry & Vine is very popular with the Tribeca pilates crowd. But don't let that scare you off - they'll still allow you in if you're not wearing yoga pants, the food is quite good, and it's a great option for a solo lunch or light dinner.
Nolita's favorite spot for acai bowls and handsome Australians recently made a move to a new location in Tribeca, and it's essentially a grown up version of the original. The space is nicer and bigger, the menu is expanded, and it's more of a restaurant than a coffee shop. It's currently only open for breakfast and lunch, but dinner is coming soon - and that includes a full bar.
Another beloved Soho/Nolita spot with a new location below Canal, Maman is part bakery/takeout spot, part all-day restaurant. At this point, unless you're just picking up a pastry, we would advise skipping the takeout area. No one wants a sandwich that's been sitting out all day. That said, the restaurant (where everything is cooked to order) is actually great. The food is really good and somewhat interesting, and the vibe is cool and comfortable.
A relatively straightforward Italian spot, Pepolino is the kind of place you forget exists. But once you remember, you're glad. Use it when you need a last minute dinner in the northwestern part of the neighborhood.
You know that neighborhood Italian place that has white tablecloths covered in paper, where they might give kids crayons to draw with? But it's still sort of a nice place? Where you'd bring grandparents? That's Gigino, a handy, always tasty and always accessible Italian restaurant. As previously stated, this is a great place to come with kids.
Tamarind was one of the first high end Indian restaurants in the city, and it remains one of the best. Use it for a special occasion dinner.