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10 Best Restaurants to Take for a Spin in TriBeCa



As a neighborhood, TriBeCa is a part of New York to see and be seen, especially if you’re a financier bigwig who’s decided to settle down and raise a family. As it consistently ranks as one of the most expensive zip codes in the country, prices at restaurants often follow suit, but that doesn’t mean the food doesn’t live up to the sticker shock.

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While most spots in the area cater to a family clientele (albeit the Louis Vuitton onesie types), the quality of the fare goes toe-to-toe with many other more food-centric parts of town. And the diversity of the cuisine isn’t one to shake your head at either.

From the high-end Indian cuisine and experience at Tamarind to Italian favorites like Locanda Verde, you can drop dough while adding some to your waistline with no problem.

But if you’re looking for a place to nosh that’s a little more low-key, TriBeCa’s got that, too. Enjoy “Midnight Brunch” at Bubby’s or step off Tribeca's cobblestone streets and right into the Bayou at Belle Reve, where you’ll find live music, cool cocktails and American classics.

Below, we explore the lap of luxury and the lives of locals when we dive into the 10 best restaurants in TriBeCa. 


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Frenchette
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Simply put, Frenchette is one of the hottest restaurants in NYC at the moment, which may make getting in a tad bit difficult. If you do happen to score a coveted res, however, prepare for a unique, upscale French feast. Starters include standouts like the veal tongue and mackerel, while entrees feature everything from duck frites to cote de boeuf to a whole fish with fingerlings and charred lemon. The cocktails and drink menu are similarly chic and include three different kind of spritzes and the Frenchette swizzle, a concoction of rum, Armagnac, pineapple and absinthe. One thing to keep in mind: the space can be loud, so go prepared to raise your voice if you're hoping to have a conversation.


Takahachi Tribeca
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The sister restaurant to Takahachi in the East Village, the Tribeca outpost is a heralded by regulars for being casual and down-to-earth in a sea of Tribeca pomp and circumstance. Not only is the sushi here relatively affordable, but it's also high-quality and incredibly fresh. Unlike many other sushi restaurants, the non-sushi dishes also earn their spot at the table. Regulars rave about the green tea crepe cake, udon and shrimp dumplings. While you'll likely wait for a table at dinner, the lunch specials are worthy of their own praise: for under $20, you get an entree, soup, salad and two rotating sides.


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When you say the words Tribeca and Indian food, Benares isn't the first place that pops into people's minds...but it should be. Though not as glitzy as Tamarind, the other Indian spot on this list, the food is every bit as good. The robust menu is almost overwhelming, and you certainly won't go wrong asking your server or the manager to choose for you. That said, don't skip the butter chicken or the saag paneer, both stand-out options that deserve your attention. The oversized tandoori prawns also don't disappoint, nor does the Atom Bomb, a gluten-free chocolate lava cake topped with rose petal ice cream.


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Gunbae
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Korean barbecue has taken NYC by storm in recent years and those looking to satisfy their craving would do well at Gunbae. The menu features the cuts you'd expect, including ribeye, brisket, pork belly, filet and wagyu. If you're coming with at least 2 or 3 friends, the BBQ combo is the way to go with the banchan, egg hot pot, ssamjang, kimchi jjigae and fried dumplings, plus a collection of the aforementioned meat options. Vegetarian and gluten-free diners won't go hungry here either, making Gunbae somewhat of an anomaly. Post-dinner, slink to the basement, order a round of specialty Korean beer or soju and dust off your vocal cords with some hard-hitting karaoke.


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Bubby's


An institution in the TriBeCa dining scene, Bubby's is synonymous with brunch. It makes sense that it'd be known for sweet stuff considering this neighborhood mainstay set up shop in 1990 as a pie company. Years later and it's expanded to both the High Line and Japan (random, yeah?) to pedal its delicious fare to the masses. Brunch is served from 8-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays and features classics like pancakes, flaky buttermilk biscuits and large format breakfast plates, such as huevos rancheros. Dinner is more stick-to-your-bones fare with starters that include mac n' cheese balls and nachos and mains like bacon-wrapped meatloaf.


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Two Hands
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There's been an invasion of Australian cafes hitting NYC in recent years, but given the Aussie's dedication to coffee, no one is complaining. Two Hands falls squarely into this happy place. With three outposts (the other ones are in Nolita and Williamsburg), this spot is open every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving, giving you plenty of chances to give them a try. When you arrive, opt for one of the expertly crafted espresso drinks and a bite from the curated breakfast menu, which features (what else?) avocado toast, housemade granola and a smattering of plates and bowls filled with healthy, eggy goodness.


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With quotes from Hunter S. Thompson on the menu, you can tell this cocktail bar-restaurant doesn't take itself too seriously, though what's coming out of the kitchen and from behind the bar is still worthy of neighborhood praise. Opened by a former Employees Only founder, Belle Reve delivers on the classics with a twist. Expect live music and American staples: raw steak with Worcestershire chips, Big Easy BBQ shrimp, and a veg-grain menu that will have the token vegan in your crew satisfied with the selection. As for libations, you can't go wrong with house specials like The Grandpa, a concoction of dark rum, orgeat, Cointreau and Prosecco, finished off with bitters.




Set in a corner art deco building, Tamarind's TriBeCa branch oozes opulence. From the white tablecloths to the window-walled bars, this isn't your typical Indian restaurant. A tandoor kitchen shares space with the bi-level dining area, where waiters scurry up steps to deliver dishes that draw influence from all areas of India. Raj-Kachori, a chickpea flour patty and specialty from Calcutta, may pave the way for a Goan favorite: prawns in coconut sauce with mustard seed, cumin and curry leaves. While this spot did lose its Michelin star in 2015, regulars say the food and service are still top-notch. We don't hesitate to recommend you visit.


Locanda Verde
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Tucked into TriBeCa, Locanda Verde has been delighting Italian food lovers since it opened its doors in 2009. Rustic ease is prevalent in the decor and the menu, which features casual basics like sheep's milk ricotta with sea salt and herbs on chunks of wood-fired peasant bread, to lamb meatball sliders, to squid ink linguini with Manila clams, soppressata, garlic and shishito peppers. The vibe here - along with the crowd - is downtown cool, the high-heeled fashionistas and established young professionals clinking glasses of vino against a brick-walled backdrop. An Italian taverna dropped into a New York postcard, this Italian joint is worth every penny.


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Maman
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Maman reminds you of the demure French girl with a beautiful accent and a shy smile. It's the decor that gets your first - understated and quaint, it's perfect for a lazy Saturday morning or a leisurely weekday lunch. The food is locally sourced and draws inspiration from France with breakfast staples like a pastry basket and the croque "maman" with ham, cheese and béchamel sauce. Snuggle up with a cutie on one of the back couches. Or, if you're in a hurry, the cafe is open earlier for coffee, croissants and flaky quiches that are somehow rich and flaky, all at once.


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