Tribeca is really f*cking cool. Just ask anyone who lives there, including Jay Z and imaginary Stang. When it comes to eating, that Tribeca coolness can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing when guys like Marco Canroa and Paul Grieco take their East Village wine bar Terroir and make it awesome to fit the neighborhood. It's a bad thing when nightlife magnates and hockey players simply try to open something trendy there because it will probably work. Warren 77 was to us, a perfect example of the bad. Bad food, bad layout, and a bad crowd put it on our list of least favorite places to eat in any neighborhood, let alone Tribeca. So when we found out that the very same owners had a new hot spot on West Broadway called Tiny's, we pretty much put it on our list of last places in the world to find Stang and Steinthal. However, in the interest of a fair shake, we made a few trips to Tiny's, and here is what we have to say.
Tiny's sucked less than we expected it to. The food is actually pretty damn good, and the space is awesome. It would be a great Tribeca place to hang...if it wasn't for the crowd. The restaurant is packed all the time, and the upstairs (where you will likely be offered a table, should you walk in) is a mess. It's often reserved for parties - mostly for girls who work at law firms and think bright red lipstick makes them look sexy (it doesn't). Don't take them up on that offer for an upstairs table, whatever you do. Wait for a place to sit in the far more sedate dining room, and chances are good that you'll have a solid meal. Just don't be surprised if your night gets spoiled because the joint is too crowded or because some dude can't say something without screaming it. In this kind of place, that comes with the territory.
A decent crab dip that would probably be more enjoyable if it wasn't served with Ritz crackers. I know, it's "cute", but come on. Give me some crusty bread.
Possibly the best thing we've had at Tiny's, this appetizer serving of meatballs is fantastic, and guess what? It comes with crusty bread. I knew they had some of that sh*t back there.
We're always down for a salad made with watermelon in the summer, but this one was less than satisfying. We'll chalk that up to flavorless watermelon. Pass.
This hake - a white fish - was a close runner up for best thing at Tiny's. We noticed damn near every girl in the place with this plate in front of them, but we'll give them credit. It's really good.
This one was a plate of total boredom. A pretty straightforward entrée that you would expect to see on every menu everywhere. Skip it.
We're always down for some hanger steak, and this one had some kind of bleu cheese sauce on it that ruled. You can count this as a "can't go wrong" dish here.