TriBeCa's Best Restaurants

If a city is too big or imposing to tackle on the dining front, break it down into more manageable sections. Or, if you're staying in a certain neighborhood, confine your culinary adventures to the immediate area. New York is a great example. Its options are astounding in total, but focus on TriBeCa's Best, and you've got a plan. This district delivers plenty of possibilities, from Nobu, where you'll likely run into lots of eager patrons, to Scalini Fedeli, which folks talk up frequently to friends and colleagues.

10 Il Giglio
If you are looking for traditional Italian with full flavor then you have come to the right place. The small, formal dining room offers a comfortable place to enjoy delicious spaghetti carbonara, prosciutto with melon or veal chops. Experienced presentation and outstanding service make your dining experience a true delight. TRAIN: 1,2,3, 9 to Chambers St (212-571-5555)

9 Bouley
Talented, creative chef David Bouley truly turns heads and stuns palates with this New French dining treasure. Like his other ventures (the original Bouley, Danube), this gem of a restaurant features a stunning interior, with red, barrel-vaulted ceilings and radiant orange accents. Standout à la carte mains include roasted Atlantic halibut with baked organic beets, black sea bass in sea scallop crust, and organic Long Island duckling with lavender-honey glaze. For truly memorable experience, tasting menus are available at lunch and dinner. Reservations a must on Friday and Saturday evenings. TRAIN: A, C, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers St (212-964-2525, 212-962-2902)

8 Nobu
Punctuated by frequent visits from celebrities and the New York elite, Nobu serves food that definitely lives up to its reputation. Try the "new-style sashimi," lightly cooked with garlic and ginger-flavored olive oil. Squid pasta is also a good choice. Not sure which items to try? Try several! The Omakase — a multi-course selection of the chef's choosing — covers a wide range of flavors, textures and styles. Don't forget to check out the great sake selections and strong wine list — a complement to any meal. TRAIN: 1, 9 to Franklin St (212-219-0500)

7 Brushstroke
Chef David Bouley's latest Tribeca venture is a high-end Japanese restaurant housed in a strikingly modern setting. Head Chef Isao Yamada's specialty is the refined style of cooking known as kaiseki, presented here as part of a multicourse tasting menu that changes with the seasons. Sushi and à la carte items are available in the bar area. (212-791-3771)

6 Megu
Tucked between West Broadway and Church, Megu offers a full sensory experience, from the stunning dining room and its open design, high ceilings, clay walls and five-foot ice sculpture to fantastic dishes like Rikyu-style Kobe beef filet skewers or miso-marinated lamb chops. Of course, for sophisticated palates, the chef's tasting menus are the only options, even if they do carry price tags starting $120. TRAIN: A, C, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers; 1, 9 to Franklin St (212-964-7777)

5 Nobu Next Door
Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare soars to unbelievable heights at this off-shoot of the original (and legendary) Nobu. Make no mistake: The scene at Next Door is completely independent of that at its elder sibling, but it's no less evocative. Designed by David Rockwell, the sleek space recalls the seaside — one of the walls is even made of nori. The fare, meanwhile, mirrors that of Nobu. Chef Matsuhisa's multi-course omakase menus are even available ($80-120 per person). TRAIN: 1, 9 to Franklin St (212-334-4445)

4 Scalini Fedeli
Northern Italian cuisine is given the royal treatment at this infinitely romantic number, a place where words like "flawless" and "perfection" aren't just abstract terms ... they're measurable daily standards. Owner-Chef Michael Cetrulo never fails to dazzle with dishes like his peppered rib venison chop with port and balsamic vinegar sauce or tuna Milanese with arugula, cucumber and tarragon salad. For connoisseurs, the wine list is noteworthy for the emphasis it places on products from small, specialty vineyards. TRAIN: A, C, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers St (212-528-0400)

3 Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Founded by the former headwaiter at Peter Luger, the elder of these two steakhouse siblings occupies the dining room of the historic Vanderbilt Hotel, and its vaulted, blue and white tiled ceiling was designed by Raphael Guastavino, whom the Vanderbilts also hired to work on Grand Central Station. This newer edition in TriBeCa, meanwhile, enjoys an equally spectacular space — one marked by stone mosaics, 14-foot arched ceilings, and walnut floors. On the menu are crowd-pleasers like steak for two, three or four. From there, the choices are à la cart, from cottage fries or mashed potatoes to creamed spinach or fried onion rings. TRAIN: TRAIN: 1, 9 to Canal St (212-925-0350)

2 Blaue Gans
Hearty, traditional Austro-German dishes are the standard at Blaue Gans, or "Blue Goose." The restaurant assumes a convivial atmosphere befitting its cozy, burnt-orange booths and worn-in hardwood floor — the German equivalent to a British pub, you might say. The food is unpretentious, even though it is impeccably presented. The pork schnitzel, in particular, is notable. Of course, the flavors are incomplete without the right beverage. Blaue Gans obliges with eight authentic Bavarian beers on tap. (212-571-8880)

1 Carl's Steaks
The decor is simple to nonexistent, but that's all right as far as regulars are concerned. The focus here is on Carl's Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. Widely regarded as the best - perhaps even besting those found in Philadelphia - the Carl's is awash with the aroma of thin-sliced sirloin steak and onions on the grill. It's enough to pull anyone off the street in for a bite! (212-566-2828, 212-566-2827)


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Il Giglio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Tribeca
COST: $$
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Bouley 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, French
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$
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Nobu 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Tribeca
COST: $$$
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Brushstroke 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Tribeca
COST: $$$$
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Megu 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$
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Nobu Next Door 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Japanese, Latin, Peruvian, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$
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Scalini Fedeli 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$$
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Wolfgang's Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$
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Blaue Gans 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Austrian, European, German
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$
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Carl's Steaks 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Take Out
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $